Two gallopers have shared the title of best Arabian racehorse in the world for 2013.
British bred five-year-old Tabarak and French four-year-old Mushrae were both rated at 126 for the year. They each beat the other during the season, and the Pattern Race Committee of IFAHR (the International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities) was unable to split the pair in the rankings.
Tabarak was bred by owner Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani (Umm Qarn Farms) and is trained by Frenchman Alban de Mieulle. His top performances last year include the Emir’s Sword (Gr 1) in Doha, Qatar, in February and the Qatar Harwood International Stakes (Gr 1) at Doncaster in the UK last September, where he was ridden by Olivier Peslier. The latter contest was the first ever Arabian race to be run on a classic card in England. Tabarak also recorded wins in the Qatar International Derby (Gr 2) and The Heir Apparent Trophy (Gr 2), both run in Qatar.
Mushrae won the most expensive Arabian race in the world, the €700,000 ($960,000) Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr 1), on Arc day at Longchamp in Paris last October. He was ridden by Christophe Soumillon. Mushrae races as a homebred for Sheik Mansoor bin Zayed al Nayhan from Abu Dhabi, UAE, and is in training with Jean-Pierre Totain in France.