We have a new venue for the global racing circuit to enjoy on Friday as we get to see the home of the Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club (REHC) at Sakhir racecourse out in Bahrain. The track hosts the 1m2f Bahrain International Trophy on the turf track at 1.30 our time – you can take a peak during your lunch break.
The Executive Director of Rashid Equestrian and Horseracing Club, Shaikh Salman bin Rashid bin Mohammed Al Khalifa (hope I have spelt that right) said “For more than 40 years, we’ve been hosting local races and now, for the first time, we are hosting this international race. It is definitely by far the most important race ever hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain. “As well as benefiting our racing, I believe the event will do a lot to help tourism in Bahrain. We have put in place a schedule of events that will enable visitors to have a look at our country, which will add value to their experience. Our aim is for everyone to leave with a positive image of Bahrain.”
Nine European-trained horses have travelled to the Persian Gulf to join five locally trained beasts as the Kingdom hosts its first international race.
Wearing the blue of Godolphin for the first time the John Gosden trained Turgenev is the one that caught my eye and I have a bit of the 5-2 about the three-year-old getting back to winning ways. He has been in with some good ones and deserves to get a win plus as a little bonus to his chances he gets a little weight for age from main dangers Mountain Angel and Pivoine. John Gosden said at the post-position draw ceremony, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain Bay “He’s travelled over very well – we’re pleased with him and he’s enjoying the sun like everyone else. This has been a target for a while now. He ran over ten at the start of the season, then we dropped him back to a mile and he ran well in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood and at Sandown last time. Sending him back up in trip on slightly faster ground and an easier track might suit him.”