VG Raj Al Mared was the sensation of the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club For Maiden Horses Award by winning, in his debut, the race with 24 ¼ lengths over the second place. RG Kalifa. The race was played over 1,000 meters on turf, for males and females aged 3 and over.
The 4-year-old colt, son of Mared Al Sahra (x Daughter of Just HVP by *FA El Shawan), bred and owned by José Carlos Vaz Guimarães, was led by Jeane Alves, two-time Jockey Club de São Paulo statistics champion; and the first woman to win the São Paulo GP in May this year.
The duo showed their will to win from the start as they battled for the top positions. But what was not expected was the fantastic sprint in the final 250 meters, when they began to distance themselves from the other competitors until, literally, flying and opening 24 and ¼ lengths of advantage over the others, confirming their favoritism.
Breeder José Carlos Vaz Guimarães Filho stated: “It’s VG Raj Al Mared’s first race and he was fantastic and surprised us. We had confidence in the work of trainer Thiago Haidar and lady jockey Jeane Alves We are very optimistic for the next races and we are sure that other victories will come as he inherited the will to win from his father, Mared Al Sahra.”
Atentaddo VE champion trainer Thiago Haidar said: “Since I started training VG Raj Al Mared, I felt he would be better than Atentaddo VE, an exceptional animal. Raj looks like he was born race-ready, which makes a trainer’s life easier. And as the distances increase, I’m sure he won’t disappoint.”
For lady jockey Jeane Alves, the achievement was not a surprise. “I rode him twice before the race and I felt he could win. At the start we were among the first places and he showed a great desire to run. I just managed and let VG Raj Al Mared run.”