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Haafhd reinstated to Washington Singer field.


A BARRY HILLS-trained juvenile has been reinstated to the field for Friday's Washington Singer Stakes after the BHB concluded that the colt's sire Alhaarth does class as a middle-distance influence - by 55 yards.

It was only following consultations between BHB race-planning officials and Weatherbys that entry was confirmed for Hamdan Al Maktoum's impressive maiden winner Haafhd.

This is the second time the conditions of the race, run this year as the Newbury Racecourse Stakes, have caused confusion after 1988 winner Prince Of Dance was subsequently disqualified because his sire, Sadler's Wells, had failed to win over 12 furlongs.

Haafhd's entry was originally rejected because Alhaarth did not appear to meet the race criteria, which have changed this year, but the decision was reversed yesterday after a closer reading of the conditions revealed the event is for the progeny of stallions that won a race of "1 mile, about 2 furlongs or over".

This wording opened the door to Haafhd's participation, as Alhaarth's victory in the 1997 Prix Dollar at Longchamp was over one mile, one furlong and 165 yards - just 55 yards short of ten furlongs.

The BHB also gave Richard Hannon the opportunity to re-enter Saipan, another son of Alhaarth, but he chose not to take up the option.

BHB spokesman Alan Delmonte said: "Alhaarth, strictly speaking, was not registered on Weatherbys data-base as a horse who had won over a mile and two furlongs, but when the analysis was done about how far Alhaarth had won, discretion was applied and he then became a qualifying stallion.

"In our view, it is right that Haafhd should get in because the purpose of the Washington Singer qualification is to restrict it to horses who are by staying influences, to maximise the attraction for people to run the progency in the race. Alhaarth has also sired a middle-distance horse in Bandari."

Hills will wait to learn of plans for Sheikh Hamdan's other two entries in the race, Madaeh and Thajja, both with John Dunlop, before deciding whether Haafhd will run.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 12, 2003
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