FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE 2017 SEASON

12.05.2017

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE 2017 SEASON

BORDEAUX-LE BOUSCAT (FRA), 9th May 2017

PRIX DJELFOR (MAIDEN)

JOUDH IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MABROOKA

On the 11th May 2015, at Bordeaux-Le Bouscat racecourse, Mabrooka (Mahabb) made her career debut in the Prix Djelfor. Fit and well, she took her first victory easily but not spectacularly. Two years later, almost day for day, Joudh (Mahabb), the full sister to the champion of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, also won the Prix Djelfor on her debut. It would however be premature to compare her to her illustrious sibling. She was somewhat hesitant in the straight and Alexandre Gavilan had to give her some encouragement to ensure the victory. On her first foray into competition, Mabrooka had beaten more experienced horses than her. Whereas on the 9th May this year, Joudh was up against mostly unraced horses. Judgement will therefore have to be reserved on the Didier Guillemin trained filly to see if she is as good as her remarkable pedigree suggests.

WAVERING IN THE STRAIGHT

Di Na Py (Mahabb) quickly took the lead of the race, with Ajaayib (Mahabb) and Jiniz (Munjiz) on her heels. Attacking the home straight up the middle of the track, the eventual winner quickly passed the leader. She then idled a little. However after a few slaps from the whip, she held off a fast finishing Monfarid (TM Fred Texas), second by half a length. Al Chammy (Nizam) was third by a length.

THE FIRST PROGENY OF TM FRED TEXAS ON THE TRACK

This Prix Djelfor was the first occasion to see the progeny of TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand) on the track. This Al Shaqab Racing stallion, who stands at Haras de Thouars, had only two registered foals in France in 2014. Both of these lined up in this race at Bordeaux where they were making their racing debut. Monfarid finished a good second, and Ebaady (TM Fred Texas) was sixth.

THE FULL SISTER TO TWO GR. I PA WINNERS

Joudh was bred by Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. She is the full sister to the very good Mabrooka, who notably won the Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr. I PA). Their sister, Rakha, was the winner of the Liwa Oasis (Gr. I PA) and of the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge - Pouliches in 2011. The dam, Shamayl (Kesberoy), also produced Baraaqa (Sire d’Albret), second in the Qatar French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge -  Pouliches (Gr. I PA) to Kiss de Ghazal (Dormane) in 2010. Kâline du Loup (Djoura Tu), the second dam, foaled Câlin de Louve (Djelfor), winner of the Arabian Jockey Club Derby and the Arabian Cup Stakes (Group Is PA). This branch of the Nevada II (Djanor) bloodline comes from the breeding operation of Jean-Marc Saphores, from which came Chéri Bibi (Baroud III).

BORDEAUX-LE BOUSCAT (FRA), 31st March 2017

Prix Massoud (Newcomers)

A GOOD DEBUT FOR THE BROTHER OF AL MOUHANNAD

The association between trainer Thomas Fourcy, jockey Julien Augé and the homebreds of Hassan Mousli is now somewhat of an institution in the Arabian racing world! The punters are well aware of this, and on Friday in the Prix Massoud, a race for Arabians who have never run, the colt fielded by this particular partnership started favourite. Al Moujjalli (Akim de Ducor) went off at 3,8/1 and did not disappoint his numerous supporters when winning smartly.

The race went off at a good pace, led by Pashwana (Nashwan Al Khalidiah). In the turn, the eventual winner looked to be struggling, and Julien Augé had to nudge him along just to remain mid-field. However, the colt responded well and came up to cross the line a length and a half in front without having to make too much of an effort. Céleste de Ghazal (Madjani) finished second and went on to win her maiden twenty days later at Toulouse [see the race report on the Prix Dejebella II]. Émir du Loup (Kerballa) was in third, over four lengths behind.

The family of Al Mourtajez

Al Moujjalli was born at the property of Nada Mousalli, Faiz Al Elweet and Hassan Mousli. Al Ryme (Kesberoy), his dam, finished second to the champion Al Dahma (Amer) in the Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes (Gr. I PA) at Chantilly. Al Ryme foaled Al Mouhannad (Nizam), three time winner of the Jebel Ali Racecourse Za’abeel International Stakes (Gr. I PA). It is the family of the indomitable Al Mourtajez (Dahess), two time winner of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr. I PA), of Al Moutawakila  (Al Sakbe), champion 4 year old filly in 2012, thanks to her win in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr. I PA), of the sire Azadi (Darike) and of multiple Gr. I PA winner Al Saoudi (Nuits St Georges).

TOULOUSE (FRA), 21st April 2017

Prix Denouste (Maiden)

THE FAST-FINISHING RIJM

Rijm (Azadi) debuted in style in the Prix Denouste. Caught flat footed at the start, he quickly caught up with the field. The representative of Al Shaqab Racing then progressively made his way up to the middle of the racing group. Half way down the straight, Jérôme Cabre gave him a small slap with his whip, and the colt pulled clear of the rest. He won with a two and a half lengths in hand, but that does not reflect his evident superiority that Friday on the track. Harrab (Mahabb) was second, with Bull Finch Pompadour (Dormane) a close third. Thomas Fourcy, who trained the winner, spoke to Equidia before the race: “Both of my runners have had plenty of work and are ready to debut. Majnon (Azadi) will be better over a longer trip. Rijm has more speed, he should be the most effective today.

The family of Kerra

Rijm was bred by His Excellency Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani at Haras de Bouquetot. In 2014, his sire Azadi (Darike) only had six foals on the ground, and Rijm is the first runner from this crop. Azadi stands at the stud of Hassan Mousli. His first crop of a significant number will be on the track next year. Rijm is the first winner for his dam Kerjam (Dormane), herself a winner of the Prix du Président des UAE (Gr. I PA) at Deauville. His second dam, Kera (Kesberoy), also produced Karel (Dormane), three time winner and second in the Abu Dhabi Championship (Gr. I PA). The third dam foaled the excellent Kerra (Kesberoy), winner of thirteen races, including the Coupe d’Europe du Cheval Arabe (Gr. I PA), and the sire Parador (Dormane), who won eleven races including the Al Maktoum Challenge Round III (Gr. I PA).

TOULOUSE (FRA), 21st April 2017

Prix Djebella II (Maiden)

CÉLESTE DE GHAZAL GOES WIRE TO WIRE FOR HER FIRST WIN

Céleste de Ghazal (Madjani) took her first victory in the Prix Djebella II (maiden), in which she started favourite. Before the race, Didier Guillemin spoke to Equidia: “She debuted with a good second place. She can be a bit nervy, so she needs to be settled from the start. It will be interested to see how she handles her second run.” On the Toulouse track, the filly provided her trainer with clear answers to his questions. She quickly went up to the lead, on the rail, and began her run half way down the straight. Not one of her rivals could follow her. Carrying top weight in the race, the filly owned by Haras de Ghazal crossed the line with a winning margin of a little over a length. The newcomer Al Ghashamiya (General) was second in front of another unraced filly, Nayrouz (Munjiz).

The form line of the Prix Massoud

On her racing debut, Céleste de Ghazal had finished a good second in the Prix Massoud behind Al Moujjalli (Akim de Ducor). Before the race, Thomas Fourcy had spoken about the eventual winner: “I think that Céleste de Ghazal will finish in front of us today, as she has more experience, plus at Bordeaux she showed that she has a certain amount of ability.”

The dam line of Kiss de Ghazal

Céleste de Ghazal was bred by Miss Rose Cambon. She is by Madjani (Tidjani), a Shadwell stallion who stands at Haras de Saint-Faust. She is the first winner for her dam Citronnelle de Ghazal (Kesberoy), who was not a winner herself, but did finish a close third in the Prix de l’Élevage won by Djesabelle (Dormane). Colchique de Gazal (Djou Said), her second dam, foaled three black type horses: Chamade de Ghazal (Prix Nevada II, Gr. III PA), Chinook de Ghazal (2nd Prix de l’Élevage, Gr. II PA) and Calycanthe de Ghazal (2nd in The Jumeirah International Stakes, Gr. II PA). This is the family of champion Kiss de Ghazal (Dormane), winner of nine races, including the Qatar French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge, the Arabian Trophy at Longchamp and the English Arabian Derby (Gr. I PAs). Further back is the family of Nevada II (Djanor).