In the colours of Mohammed Bin Abdulla Abdulaziz Nasser Al Attiya, AL FAHDAA (Toronado x Sefaat) went from pillar to post to win the Fillies’ Novice Stakes at Kempton on Friday, 4 September, evening. Trained by Richard Hannon, she came into the race as an outsider, quoted at 22/1 by the bookmakers and it was the two-year-old filly second career start, having finished 8th of 8 on her debut when very green.
However, the bay filly took away a valuable lesson that day, and was smartly away in this seven-furlong race on the all-weather track. She was able to make use of her big athletic action to lead at a good pace. She pulled clear by three lengths when still a furlong from the post before her inexperience began to show as she weakened in the finish. SHINE FOR YOU (Siyouni x Lady Viola), also trained by Richard Hannon, came with a very strong finish, nearly catching Al Fadaa on the line. However, under jockey Thore Hammer Hansen, AL FAHDAA held her off to win by a short head. The two fillies finished 4¾ lengths in front of the third, CANOODLED (Mehmas x Fondled).
Al Fahdaa was bred by her owner Mohammed Bin Abdulla Abdulaziz Nasser Al Attiya. She is by Al Shaqab Racing sire TORONADO. She is the first registered foal out of the HAATEF mare SEFAAT, who was rated 77 on the track.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club