|Owner||N H & R T Stanley|
|Wahid is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Rorys Helen by Almutawakel. He was born around 2002 in New Zealand, and was bred by Trelawney Stud.|
New Zealand Derby (2006)|
Levin Classic (2005)
New Zealand Bloodstock Classique (2005)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on July 3, 2007|
The son of Almutawakel grabbed everyone's attention with his stunning debut win at Trentham (covering the 1000m in 57.27 seconds), and was rarely out of the limelight for the remainder of his two year-old season. With wins in the Wakefield Challenge Stakes and New Zealand Bloodstock Classique and Group 1 placings in both the Diamond Stakes and Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes he was rightly rated among the very best of his generation at two and was labelled a Derby contender.
He began his three year-old season quietly while Darci Brahma dominated the main spring races, running in lower-quality company before brilliantly beating the year's best filly in Shikoba in the Group 1 Levin Classic.
After a short break over the summer months he started his Derby campaign at Woodville before heading straight back into stakes company. He won the Wellington Stakes but had the race taken away from him for interference caused to the third horse Abbey Drive, but then had a winning sequence in Group races of three, culminating with the Derby win in March.
One of the most remarkable things about his summer-autumn Derby campaign is that he reversed the style of racing that he had used to such great effect as a two year-old and spring three year-old. Instead of coming from off the pace as he had in those two campaigns, he set the pace and led all the way in the Waikato Guineas, Championship Stakes and Derby.
With both Wahid and Darci Brahma being such great successes throughout the season without ever meeting, it is near impossible to say who was the better male three year-old of the season. With the award controversially given to Darci Brahma after a majority voted for Wahid, the issue remains a source of intense debate.
Wahid's four year-old season was a disappointment, with the exception of a good fourth-placing in the Kelt Capital Stakes. His five year-old season started well, with a win at Ellerslie followed up with a third behind champion galloper Xcellent in the Sir James Fletcher Stakes. However, he was found to have a virus at his next start, and did not race for the rest of the season. His six year-old campaign started with two unplaced runs, followed by a fast-finishing fourth in the Lightning Stakes at Trentham. He came back as a seven year-old but failed to recapture his best form, and was officially retired in November 2009.