Al Wajbah produced a gorgeous
bay filly by Chatanz on a bright April morning, 2010, the
first foal she has given us at Gadebrook. Her previous five
for Umm Qarn are all winning on the race course or youngsters
in training in the Middle East.
Wahiba has been sold to Angela Stevens for race training
with Jayme Bone.
Both Chatanz and Al Wajbah are AHS Premium horses, so Wahiba
will be eligible for Premium awards once she is old enough
to race, then compete in endurance. With her long legs and
happy attitude, she could succeed in both. Her pedigree contains
some of the finest and most successful racing blood from Russia
This nick is particularly important to us. Many years ago,
Wajbah's sire, our Premium stallion Sambist,
beat Chatelaine, the dam of Chatanz, by a length in the UK
Long Distance Championship over 2 miles 7 furlongs at Goodwood.
Once Chatelaine retired to stud, she was due to be covered
by Sambist by AI, but a pregnancy never materialised - hence
the importance of the mating one generation further on.
This filly's name is chosen in honour
of the golden Wahiba Sands in Oman, venue of the excellent
2009 WAHO Conference.
In Arabic, it means "gifted".