Classic-placed Cairo purchased to race for Refai Alghuraban

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Group 3 winner Cairo has been purchased by Refai Alghuraban, a leading owner in Kuwait in a deal brokered by Avenue Bloodstock’s Mark McStay.

Successful in the Group 3 Killavullan S. in 2022 for the Coolmore partners and trainer Aidan O’Brien, the son of Quality Road was second in the Group 1 Irish 2,000 Guineas to Paddington. He kick-started his four-year-old campaign with a close runner-up effort in the $500,000 Listed Irish Marketing Cup in Doha, Qatar, in February. The son of Listed winner Cuff and great grandson of blue hen producer Rafha is pointing to the Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan on March 30.

“Cairo ran very well on his first start of 2024 in Doha last month and it’s intended that he represent his new owner Mr Refai Alghuraban and his family in the Dubai Turf at Meydan on World Cup night,” said Mark McStay. “Cairo is an extremely well-bred horse who has some excellent form, particularly his run behind Paddington in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last season. As always, it’s a very strong renewal of the Dubai Turf, but we’re very hopeful for a big run in his new owner’s colours. Mr Alghuraban is a leading owner in the gulf region.”

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