The fantastic Clapton AJRA, under the excellent driving of Idevaldo Silva
and training of Oberdan S. Pereira, won with 8 ½ lengths of advantage in a
close dispute over the second place, Obstinado Rach, the Grand Prix Paulo
Jamil Saliba, first race of the 2023 calendar of UAE President Cup South
America Mondial Brazil and first Arabian Horse Triple Crown Classic 2023.
Disputed over 1,400 meters on dirt, the race had the participation of seven
champion animals, males and females 3-years-old and older, who competed
on May 13 in the GPs Wathba Stallions Cup at Cidade Jardim Racecourse,
Jockey Club de São Paulo.
GP Paulo Jamil Saliba’s victory was a special achievement for breeder and
owner Almir José Ribeiro as it was the first race on a dirt track for Clapton
AJR, who demonstrated his talent on both turf and dirt tracks. In addition to
being a well-balanced race because he disputed the first place with Obstinado
Rach, a horse that responds very well on dirt and with five victories.
With this achievement, Clapton AJR adds six races with five wins and a
second place under his belt.
Normandy Rach, winner of the May 13 Wathba Stallions Cup for Fillies I
race, crossed in third place.
“I am very happy with the victory of Clapton AJR who showed in this race
to be a good horse on the dirt track and beating the favorite Obstinado Rach
was exciting. Congratulations to all our team that prepared the horse and
left him in conditions to, once again, win this great prize”, said Almir José
Trainer Oberdan S. Pereira said: “It all worked out as he returned in
excellent condition from his last race two weeks ago. It was a great
achievement because it is his first sand race and Clapton AJR has proved he is
a champion horse.”
Experienced jockey Idevaldo Silva declared: “Clapton AJR is a confident
horse that has shown to be good in the sand as well. From the start I knew
that when I needed him he would respond and at the entrance to the straight
we approached the first place, we dominated with ease and guaranteed the
The Grand Prix is the first classic of the 2023 Arabian Horse Triple Crown, a
fair and deserved tribute to the breeder Paulo Jamil Saliba, ambassador and
great person responsible for the return and success of Arabian horse racing in
Brazil, who unfortunately left us in March of this year.
Paulo Jamil Saliba is the person most responsible for the return and success
of Arabian horse racing in Brazil. It was his passion and initiatives to hold
races at the Jockey Club of São Paulo and Brazil’s membership of the
International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing (IFAHR) in 2014 that made
Arabian horse racing possible.
Without his love and passion for the Arabian horse, today it would not be
possible to organize the races that are part of the international calendar
sponsored by HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan- UAE President Cup
Series South America Mondial and Wathba Stallions Cup and, mainly, we would
not have this new generation of animals with pedigrees from the best stallions
and dams in the world.
O Brasil, sem dúvida, tem uma dívida eterna com Paulo Jamil Saliba.
Almir José Ribeiro, racing director of Arabian Horse Breeders Brazilian
Association (ABCCA) said: “First I want to thank our sponsors who each year
understand the importance and growth of Arabian horse racing in Brazil.”
“Secondly, I want to thank the Saliba Family, especially our honoree Paulo
Jamil Saliba, the person who worked hardest for the return of Arabian racing
and who, if today it is a reality, this is due to his work for more than a
“This was the first Arabian Horse Triple Crown race in Brazil. The next
ones will be in July and November: two big challenges with two more races in
the coming months.”
The UAE President Cup Series South America Mondial is an initiative of HH
Sh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President of the UAE, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Presidential Court and Chairman of the Emirates
Racing Authority; and HE Faisal Al Rahmani, President of the International
Federation of Arabian Horse Racing (IFAHR). and General Director of the UAE
President Cup, which has been stimulating and ensuring the sustainability of
Arabian racing in Brazil more and more..
The Grande Prêmio Paulo Jamil Saliba was organized by the Arabian Horse
Breeders Brazilian Association in partnership with the Jockey Club of São
- CLAPTON AJR (Mared Al Sahra x Cowboys Gal by Wiking)
- OBSTINADO RACH (Atentaddo Rach x Obsession Rach by Voltaire Rach)
- NORMANDIA RACH (*Uzbek Du Lion x Novella Rach by Voltaire Rach)
- NAIZZA RACH (Feitizzo Rach x La Nouba Endurance by *Saad Ibn Syed)
- MAHATMA RACH (*Sarmata x Magic All Rach by Ulisses Rach)
- HALLMARCK RACH (Bismarck Rach x Havella Rach by Pavel Rach)
- HOLLY POL RACH (All Pol Rach x Hinode ELS by Power World JQ)