SHEIKHA REIKA graduates to Grade 1 victory in Canada
Thu 18 Oct 2018
SHEIKHA REIKA, the three-year-old filly by Shamardal, belonging to Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum won the Grade 1 EP Taylor for trainer Roger Varian and jockey Andrea Atzeni recently.
The filly has run in two heavily supported EBF races as part of her recent preparation for the $500,000, Grade 1 contest: in early September, SHEIKHA REIKA ran to a place in one of the British EBF Breeders’ Fillies’ Series Handicaps at Ascot before notching up an impressive 4 and a half length victory over stable mate RASMINA (Iffraaj) in the 1m2f Sir John Musker Fillies’ Listed race at Great Yarmouth’s Eastern Festival.
The John Musker has seen some smart performers in its long history and this season, consolidated its position as the feature race at Yarmouth’s feature meeting with a prize money boost of £10,000, brought in to being jointly by the British EBF and the course’s management. She joins the likes of SPEEDY BOARDING (Shamardal), NEZWAAH (Dubawi) and ARABIAN QUEEN (Dubawi) who have all graduated via the Sir John Musker to Gr.1 successes later in their careers.
Rachael Gowland of the British EBF commented:
“This is exactly why we work closely with courses to identify good developmental races to invest our prize money fund in to. Part of the remit of the EBF is to encourage courses to run these types of races for higher prize funds and support that initiative so the right kind of races develop and produce the stars of the future. We are delighted that our increased investment in the race has been rewarded so quickly and that SHEIKHA REIKA has provided such a flagship win for Great Yarmouth’s feature race of the year. We are delighted to confirm that our increased investment in the race will remain in place for the 2019 season.”