Press Release: Darley Stakes winner Mostahdaf amongst outstanding list of entries for the 2021 Group Three Bahrain International Trophy

Published 2021/10/12

Mostahdaf features amongst a stellar list of entries for the third running of the £500,000 Group Three Bahrain International Trophy at Sakhir Racecourse on Friday 19th November.

There have been a total of 78 entries (up from 61 in 2020) from 10 different nations: Britain (26), Ireland (10), France (10), UAE (10), Bahrain (8), Saudi Arabia (8), Norway (3), Sweden (1), Qatar (1), and Germany (1).

The John & Thady Gosden-trained Mostahdaf guaranteed his place in Bahrain’s headline race by winning the “Automatic Entry” Group Three Darley Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday under Jim Crowley.

The three-year-old son of Frankel has now won five races out of six, with his only defeat coming in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

John Gosden said: “Mostahdaf hasn't done a lot wrong. He got boxed in during the St James's Palace Stakes and that was the end of it. We've always thought of him as a 1m2f horse. His half-sister (Nazeef) won two Group One races at a mile. She was by Invincible Spirit, and he is by Frankel, so we are pretty confident a mile and a quarter is his best trip. He is a classy horse. There is the Bahrain International Trophy as an option in November, but we will talk about it with everybody, and we will see how we want to play it”

Amongst the six Group One winners that have been entered, two have won Group One races in 2021.

Thundering Nights won the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at The Curragh in June, beating subsequent dual Group One winning filly Santa Barbara by a neck.

Lord Glitters built on his fifth-place finish in the 2020 Bahrain International Trophy to win the Group One Jebel Hatta in Dubai in March.

The remaining Group One winners entered are: Godolphin’s globetrotting quadruple Group One sensation, Barney Roy, David Simcock’s Desert Encounter, a dual winner of the Group One Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine, Saeed bin Suroor’s Royal Marine, a winner of the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere as a two-year-old, and finally, Nao Da Mais, who secured four Group One victories in South America.

Godolphin had two runners in the 2020 renewal (Loxley and Dream Castle) and have entered eight further horses in addition to Barney Roy and Royal Marine in 2021.

Their remaining entries are Real World, Dubai Future, Soft Whisper, Zakouski, Bedouins Story, Algiers, and Dubai World Cup third, Magny Cours.

William Haggas could be set to have his first runner in the Group Three Bahrain International Trophy.

The rapidly improving Dubai Honour has won two consecutive Group Two races in France and has since been supplemented for the Group One QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot this Saturday, with an appearance in Bahrain afterwards a possibility for the son of Pride Of Dubai.

Two further entries, Foxes Tales and Euchen Glen look set to take on Dubai Honour in Saturday’s Champion Stakes Aidan O’Brien finished 3rd with Sovereign in the 2020 Bahrain International Trophy and the Ballydoyle trainer has once again strongly supported the race with The Mediterranean and Amhran Na Bhfiann both receiving entries.

The pair are both entered to run at Ascot this weekend in the Group Two Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup.

Other notable entries include the Charlie Hills-trained Pogo who finished an excellent second behind Benbatl in the Group Two Joel Stakes at Newmarket last month, Jessica Harrington’s Cadillac who has Group Two and Group Three honours to his name and Square De Luynes who has won seven of his nine starts in Sweden and Norway, including six Group Three races for trainer Niels Petersen.

From the total of 78 horses nominated, there are a total of 25 individual Group winners.

Collectively they have amassed a total of 58 Group wins, with 14 of those being Group One races.

Shaikh Salman bin Rashed al Khalifa, Executive Director of the Rashid Equestrian & Horse Racing Club, said: “We are incredibly proud of the progress in quality from year to year in the Bahrain International Trophy. To have gone from 46 entries in 2019, to 61 in 2020 and now 78 in 2021 proves the confidence that connections have in racing in Bahrain. More importantly, the calibre of horses entered from 10 different countries is also very high. To have some high class and progressive horses who have won multiple Group races in 2021, entered is very exciting.”

He continued: “The feedback we have received from trainers, owners and jockeys about racing in Bahrain means a huge amount and that is reflected by the entries we have received from some of the best trainers in the world.

We are thrilled that the race has been elevated to Group Three status and we firmly believe that the race is now a key date in the international racing calendar.”

Eight locally trained horses have been entered, with at least three guaranteed a space in the race.

Simsir won the 2021 renewal for local trainer, Fawzi Nass.

A maximum field of fourteen will go to post.

Horse                               Trainer        Country

Akho Mobaary (KSA)

Abdullah bin Mishref Alqahttani KSA Algiers (IRE)

Andre Fabre FR Alwahsh (IRE)

Abdullah bin Mishref Alqahttani KSA

Amhran Na Bhfiann (IRE) A P O'Brien IRE Avalina (USA)

A Khalid KSA Barney Roy (GB)

Charlie Appleby UAE Bedouins Story (GB)

Saeed bin Suroor UAE Bopedro (FR)

Mrs John Harrington IRE

Cadillac (IRE) Mrs John Harrington IRE

Caprice des Dieux (FR) Nicolas Clement FR

Chiefdom (USA) Salem bin Ghadayer UAE

Classical Wave (GB) Fawzi Nass BAH

Coolagh Forest (IRE) Haider Ebrahim BAH

Dawn Intello (FR) Andreas Schutz FR

Deacon (GB) Nawaf Almandeel KSA

Desert Encounter (IRE) David Simcock GB

Desert Lion (IRE) Fawzi Nass BAH

Dubai Future (GB) Saeed bin Suroor UAE

Dubai Honour (IRE) William Haggas GB

Euchen Glen (GB) Jim Goldie GB

Eudaimonia (FR) Edouard Monfort FR

Faisal (GB) John & Thady Gosden GB

Felix (GB) Marco Botti GB

Fev Rover (IRE) Richard Fahey GB

Finest Sound (IRE) Simon & Ed Crisford UAE

Fooraat (IRE) Roger Varian GB

Fox Tal (GB) Andrew Balding GB

Foxes Tales (IRE) Andrew Balding GB

Galova (FR) CeĢdric Boutin FR

Gronkowski (USA) A Khalid KSA

Harrovian (GB) John & Thady Gosden GB

Horoscope (IRE) A P O'Brien IRE

Insinuendo (IRE) Willie McCreery IRE

Kenway (FR) Frederic Rossi FR

Khartoum (USA) A P O'Brien IRE

Kick On (GB) Niels Petersen NOR

King David (DEN) Niels Petersen NOR

King Leonidas (GB) John & Thady Gosden GB

King Vega (GB) Andrew Balding GB

Lauderdale (IRE) Alban de Miuelle QA

Litigator (IRE) Haider Ebrahim BAH

Living Legend (IRE) Mark Johnston GB

Lord Glitters (FR) David O'Meara GB

Lough Derg (IRE) A P O'Brien IRE

Magny Cours (USA) Andre Fabre FR

Matthew Flinders (GB) Ed Walker GB

Maydanny (IRE) Mark Johnston GB

Military Style (USA) A P O'Brien IRE

Monty (FR) Andreas Schutz FR

Mostahdaf (IRE) John & Thady Gosden GB

Motakay'yef (KSA) Hamad Al-Rasheed KSA Mr de Pourceaugnac (FR) Andre Fabre FR

Naamoos (FR) Fawzi Nass BAH Nao Da Mais (BRZ) Marco Botti GB

New Show (IRE) Fawzi Nass BAH

Ocean Road (IRE) Hugo Palmer GB

Palavecino (FR) Brian Meehan GB

Penja (FR) Andreas Suborics GER

Persian Moon (IRE) S.S Alkatani KSA Pogo (IRE) Charles Hills GB

Qaader (IRE) Fawzi Nass BAH

Real World (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor UAE

Royal Marine (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor UAE

Saltonstall (GB) Adrian McGuinness IRE

Sir Busker (IRE) William Knight GB

Soft Whisper (IRE) Saeed bin Suroor UAE

Square De Luynes (FR) Niels Petersen NOR

Step By Step (FR) Nawaf Almandeel KSA

Suspicious Mind (DEN) Nina Lensvik SWE

The Mediterranean (IRE) A P O'Brien IRE

Thundering Nights (IRE) Joseph Patrick O'Brien IRE

Tokyo Gold (FR) Satoshi Kobayashi FR

Tyson Fury (GB) Richard Spencer GB

Victory Chime (IRE) Ralph Beckett GB

West End Charmer (IRE) Mark Johnston GB

What A Welcome (GB) Ajalil Al Mallah BAH

Zakouski (GB) Charlie Appleby UAE

Zorion (GB) Helal Alalawi UAE

The Bahrain International Trophy Conditions FRIDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2021

• Total Race Value will be £500,000/€550,941

• Distributed in the following order: - £250,000/€291,449.68 to the Winning horse. - £125,000/€145,724.84 to the Second. - £62,500/€72,862.50 to the Third. - £37,500/€43,710 to the Fourth. - £25,000/€29,142.37 to the Fifth.


• There will be a maximum field size of 14 runners.

• 2000 metres/10 furlongs on the turf in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

• 3yo & up

• Horses need to be rated 95 or over by their domestic authority at the time of closing.

• Supplementary entry stage Tuesday November 2nd - £10,000 to enter.

• Final declaration will be done on Sunday 14th November, 11am The Kingdom of Bahrain time.

• Post-Position Draw to take place on Wednesday 17th November 2021 in The Kingdom of Bahrain.

• REHC will guarantee at least three slots in the Bahrain International Trophy for locally trained horses. AUTOMATIC INVITATION: There have been three races which granted “Automatic Invitation” to the winners even if not originally entered.

1. Friday August 13th The Curragh – Fitzdares Royal Whip Stakes (G3) Won by Earlswood

2. Saturday August 21st York – The Sky Bet and Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (G3) Won by Real World 3. Saturday October 9th Newmarket – The Darley Stakes (G3) Won by Mostahdaf


• Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere 4-year olds and upwards 58 Kgs.

• Northern Hemisphere 3-year olds 56.5 Kgs.

• Fillies and Mares allowed 2 Kgs. PENALTIES:

• A group 1 winner in 2021 will carry a 1.5 Kgs penalty.