NIESHAN, ridden by regular partner Gerald Avranche, emerged the easiest of winners in the 2000m Purebred Arabians Al Maktoum Challenge Group-1, the third round of the Arabians Triple Crown, the opener of the Super Saturday.
The six-year-old son of Akbar cruised to his second Group One glory of the season after having landed early last month the 2200m HH The President Cup Group-1 at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.
But the title of the competition was claimed by Saheb Du Clos who won the first and second rounds of the highly regarded Arabians championship.
“I expected him to win. I think we have the best Arabian horse and should repeat in the upcoming Dubai Kahayla Classic Group-1 test on the Dubai World Cup night on March 31,” said a delighted French trainer Eric Lemartinel.
“He beat Seraphin Du Paon by a neck in Abu Dhabi and increased the distance to six lengths this time. He’s an improving horse and there’s more to come from him,” he said.
The same opinion was echoed by the winning jockey Gerald Avranche who said he’s likely to ride Nieshan.
“He did everything right and was always going well. Again, he proved to be a fast improving horse and hopefully he will keep progressing in the Dubai Kahayla Classic to win his third Group One trophy of the season,” he said.
Owner Ali Haddad added: “With little patience and hard work we were able to bring Nieshan back to form. He did not perform to our satisfaction last season and we had to find out what should be done to make things good.
“The French trainer Eric Lemartinel has been doing a very good job and I do appreciate his effort. Nieshan will go for a short break and the obvious target is the 2000m Dubai Kahayla Classic Group-1 on the Dubai World Cup night,” he confirmed.