IRISH-BREDS RULE BAHRAIN
05 February 2018
Irish-bred horses dominated the His Royal Highness Prince
Bin Salman Al Khalifa Cup, a local Group 1 run at Ar-Rifaaa in Bahrain on
Saturday. Frankie Dettori rode the eventual winner, SHOGUN (IRE), to track the leaders
and reacted well when the pace quickened entering the straight. Coming under
pressure, he galloped home strongly to win by half a length, as Thorkhill Star
(IRE) and Laidback Romeo (IRE) took second and third respectively.
SHOGUN (IRE) was bought privately out of the Aidan O’Brien
stable, for whom he finished second in the Irish Derby Trial at Leopardstown, and
now runs in the colours of Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al-Khalifa for trainer James
Naylor. Bred by Whisperview Trading, he was sold by the Castlebridge
Consignment to Blandford Bloodstock for €400,000 at the Goffs Orby Sale. The
son of Fastnet Rock is a full-brother to Epsom Oaks heroine Qualify (IRE), out
of Group 2 Park Hill Stakes second Perihelion (IRE). By Galileo (IRE), she
comes from the family of Eva Luna, Brian Boru, Sea Moon and Workforce.