London, 21 August2023 - The filly Al Doha, owned by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Thani, won the Gr.1 UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) at Doncaster Racecourse in England.
Al Doha crossed the line in a close finish next to the runner-up Al Shaqab Racing's homebred Ghadah, who completed the one-two for the winning trainer Thomas Fourcy and was ridden by Jean-Bernard Eyquem.
The Athbah Racing-owned and Phillip Collington-trained Thakeera Al Shahania came in third under Joanna Mason.
Al Doha's rider Olivier Peslier praised the filly after the win, stating that she finished second at Chantilly earlier this summer and followed up well this time even against the colts.
He also expressed his excitement for what the future holds for Al Doha and congratulated Thomas Fourcy for his win.
A debut winner at Mont de Marsan, France, Al Doha followed up with a runner-up finish in Gr.2 and a Gr.2 victory at Toulouse, France, on her third and fourth career starts in April and May this year.
She then headed to Chantilly, France, where she finished second in Gr.1 in June.
Al Doha, who was bred by Al Shaqab Racing, went on to capitalize on her second-placed finish at Chantilly by landing one of Europe's most prestigious races for the purebred Arabians, the Gr.1 UAE President Cup (UK Arabian Derby) at Doncaster.