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AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND II - FAUCON DU LOUP OFFERS A FIRST GROUP I PA TO ÉLISE JEANNE

20.02.2017

AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND II - FAUCON DU LOUP OFFERS A FIRST GROUP I PA TO ÉLISE JEANNE

MEYDAN (UAE), 26 January 2017

Gr. I PA, 5yos+, 2,200 m, $70,000

Expecting a François Rohaut trained colt, Handassa (Madjani), it is another French trained horse, Faucon du Loup (Darweesh), who won very easily the Al Maktoum Challenge Round II (Gr. I PA), at the end of January in Meydan.

Completely failing his start, Handassa lost precious lengths, making his jockey, Jim Crowley, having to ask the horse to accelerate in order to stick with the lot.

Faucon du Loup took the lead of the race with on his outside RB So Rich (TH Richie), but who couldn’t follow that much. Handassa seemed to do well, but the first signs of weakness came in the last turn and Madjani’s son completely let go. Faucon du Loup clearly detached himself and won by twelve lengths, whereas RB Dixie Burning (Burning Sand) easily took the second place in front of Versac Py (Njewman), who showed a good comeback.

Towards the Kahayla Classic

Coming from the show jumping discipline and now training for the past fifteen years in the United Arab Emirates, close to Sharjah, Élise Jeanne wins the first Group I PA of her career. An unforgettable moment, like she told Dubai Racing TV: “It is a dream come true! I knew Faucon du Loup was going to run well because he keeps progressing since he returned. We had prepared him for this race. His next aim is the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr. I PA). He has a great temperament, very nice to watch and we can’t reproach him anything. He is really a dream horse. He does everything well. He liked going out on the tracks in the morning, in the swimming pool and on Meydan’s track! Who knows? I might have other good horses like him who come from Russia. We will try and keep him like this. We will see.”

Trainer of the favourite Handassa, François Rohaut said: “Surely we are all disappointed. He is a big horse and wearing full blinkers like today doesn’t seem to suit him. He will run the Round III of the Maktoum Challenge even though it was not in our plans at first and then the Kahayla Classic. Handassa is a bit fat and is getting old. He is like me (laughs)!

To see the race:  https://youtu.be/GTxYt0g78tM

A maternal branch that shines abroad

Faucon du Loup won six Russian Group I PAs, but he was bred in France by Jean-Marc Saphores. He is a son of Sirène du Loup (Al Sakbe), her best product. He was bought at 2yos during the Arqana sales, for €10,000 by Imperial Bloodstock. His second dam Câline du Loup (Manganate) gave birth to Kalim du Loup (Darweesh) who won four times in Qatar and placed third in the Qatar International Derby (Gr. II PA). He is by Darweesh (Amer) like Faucon du Loup. The third dam is Nevadou (Flipper), who produced several winners like Chéri du Loup (Djouras Tu), who won eleven times in Germany and England, but also Djour du Loup (Djouras Tu), four times victorious in Qatar, and Tornade du Loup (Tornado de Syrah), winner in the United States, and dam of Sand Witchh (Burning Sand), ten time winner out of eleven runs, including the Juvenile Distaff Stakes (Gr. II PA). It is the same family as Chéri Bibi.

AL MAKTOUM CHALLENGE ROUND II

Gr. I PA, 5 ans et plus, 2 200 m, 70 000 $

1st      FAUCON DU LOUP (57) M7

Darweesh & Sirène du Loup, par Al Sakbe

Pr. : Cheikh Mansour Khalifa Sultan bin Habtoor

El. : Jean-Marc Saphores

Ent. : Élise Jeanne

J. : Richard Mullen

2nd        RB DIXIE BURNING (55) F7

Burning Sand & Dixies Delight, par Sam Tiki

Pr.  : Cheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

El. : Dianne Waldron

Ent. : Éric Lemartinel

J. : Adrie de Vries

3rd        VERSAC PY (57) M10

Njewman & Elipse, par Tidjani

Pr.  : Cheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

El. : Pierre-Yves Juillard & Yves Plantin

Ent. : Erwan Charpy

J. : Antonio Fresu

Autre(s) partant(s) dans l’ordre d’arrivée : Sniper de Monlau, Bon Baiser de Faust, Handassa & RB So Rich. Tous couru (7) (Dirt). 2’30’’00. Écarts : 11 – 2 ¼ - 2 ¾ .

Wafi KSA
Amer KSA
Bushra KSA
Darweesh GB
Dahr FR
Danie du Cassou FR
Nerva du Cassou FR
FAUCON DU LOUP FR 
Kesberoy FR
Al Sakbe FR
Morgane de Piboul FR
Sirène du Loup FR
Manganate FR
Câline du Loup FR
Nevadou FR