By Edouard Aldahdah
Posted on July 12th, 2012 in General
Page 133, where he discusses big race-horse stables at the Beirut racetrack:
“Walking on the footsteps of H.R.H. Prince Mansour [son of King Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud, and the owner of a large stable at the Beirut racetrack] is his brother H.R.H. Prince Badr ibn Saud, who launched his own stables in Beirut, which brought together a nucleus of the best horses; [his stud] will grow and prosper because of his efforts, which we thank. Good results [i.e., in the races] have begun to show. The stars among his horses have begun to rise, and among these Namnum and Balaybil and Sawlajan, and others. God willing, they will be followed by others among the best of his horses.”
Barazi was a very cautious and diplomatic writer who made sure he never angered anyone, and you have to read between the lines. The words “nucleus”, “stars among his horses”, “among the best of his horses” leave no doubt to the fact that he had other, less good, less authentic horses beyond the “nucleus”, the “stars” and the “best of his horses”, who, how to put it, were not so reputable.
Another thing: you will hear more about this Balaybil, once I have done my due diligence on him. This may take years. Or it may take days.