by Steve Andersen
photos by Noëlle Derré
The winning streak spans five races over 21 months, from August 2015 to May of this year. In major stakes in France and England, Muraaqib has amassed a record pushing him close to the top of Europe’s tough purebred Arabian circuit.
On May 14 at Deauville, France, Muraaqib (Munjiz x Tashreefat by Bengali d’Albret), owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum of Dubai, won his first start of 2017 in the $110,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup, also known as the Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes. The President of the UAE Cup was the first Group 1 race of the year on the European calendar and could foreshadow a much-anticipated match-up between Muraaqib and Al Mourtajez, the top-rated older horse in the world. Al Mourtajez did not start at Deauville, but there will be plenty of chances for a showdown between the two runners in major stakes in France or England this year.
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