Dubai World Cup: Foury expects Hadi de Carrère to have a solid run – News
Nieshan’s son is a top class horse having won three major races in France
Hadi De Carrère can pull off a big race double after winning the Group 2 Arabian Classic in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in February. — Dubai Running Club
Since its inception in 1996, the Dubai Kahayla Classic has been won by some of the best purebred Arabian horses in the world and perhaps none are more famous than Alanudd (Unchained Melody), who won the 2,000 contest meters in three consecutive years between 1997 and 1999.
Every year since then the race has produced a special winner – a horse that rises to the biggest stage and delivers the performance of its career.
French Arabian specialist Thomas Foury hopes Hadi de Carrère is exactly that type of horse and can pull off a big double after winning the Group 2 Arabian Classic in Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in February.
Nieshan’s son is a classy horse having won three important races in France at different racecourses, including two at Saint Cloud and Deauville.
In the Saudi race, Hadi De Carrere was confidently ridden by multiple champion French rider Olivier Peslier, who has won the big race three times in the past, the last being aboard Rabbah De Carrere in 2014.
Hadi De Carrère will participate in the Dubai Kahayla Classic thanks to this solid form.
Peslier said the horse is in the best shape of his life.
“He’s obviously a very good horse, as his track record shows,” said the French veteran.
“He gives me a very good feeling, gives me the confidence to ride him positively. He’s still a young horse but he’s clearly progressing. He’s not yet at his peak but still very impressive.
“He enjoyed a break after the Saudi race and made it to Dubai well. He looks in great shape and I’m excited to ride him again and hope to win another Dubai Kahayla Classic.
Among his rivals are the US-imported and Bahrain-trained Rb Rich Lyke Me, already a proven performer at Meydan, and the highly impressive Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 winner Jugurtha De Monlau.
Rb Rich Lyke Me has been a revelation since being acquired from the USA and has repeatedly impressed his jockey, Flying Dutchman Adrie de Vries.
“This horse is so authentic; he always gives 100%. He answers all the questions you ask him, whether it’s in the morning in training or in the race,” said De Vries.
“He’s improving all the time and on a good day I think he’s capable of beating anybody. He’s in fantastic condition and ready to run a big race on Saturday.
“Fawzi (Nass) really gave this horse the best possible attention and he responded very well. We know he likes it at Meydan, so we are hoping for another good performance from a very good horse.
Yas Racing-owned Jugurtha De Monlau also impressed its driver Fernando Jara, who knows the Meydan track better than most of his peers.
Jara won the Dubai World Cup in 2007 with Invasor at Nad Al Sheba, but transformed that form into the dirt track Meydan, where he enjoyed great success.
“It’s a very real surface and a pleasure to ride,” said the Panamanian who is aiming for his first victory in the Kahayla Classic.
“Jugurtha De Monlau likes it here, which is a very good sign. He gave me a good feeling in the Al Maktoum Challenge, which is very positive before a race like the Dubai Kahayla Classic.
“It’s a tough race with all the best Arabians here, but we hope our horse can repeat the performance that day and make the whole team proud on Saturday. I am very excited,” he added.