DEAUVILLE (FRA), 12th August 2017

Gr. I PA, 3yos, 2,000m, € 50,000

Joudh (Mahabb) had the answers to all the questions that had been posed over her participation in the Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy (Gr. I PA), which ran on the 12th August at Deauville. She showed that she has the class, the stamina over 2,000m, and that she can perform on all types of ground. Joudh has all the marks of a champion. As was last year’s winner of this race, she is owned and bred by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, by the sire Mahabb (Tahar de Candelon) and trained by Didier Guillemin.

Held up in last position for most of the race, Joudh ran freely through the closing stages in her now characteristic running style: winning by a short margin, but comfortably, without having to summon all her resources. Didier Guillemin commented: “These were very different conditions to those when she ran at Chantilly. She has been going in a positive direction since that win, as shown by her behaviour today. In this ground, you don’t want to be making any superfluous effort. For 3-year-old Purebred Arabians, 2,000m in soft ground is difficult. Hence why the slowed down in the final turn. She hadn’t run since the 23rd July when she won the Qatar Coupe de France (Gr. I PA). We had to be sure that she was fit and ready today if she was going to win. I’m not surprised that she is able to stay 2,000m. Joudh has become more switched off over time, in the mornings as well as the afternoons. When a Purebred Arabian is capable of running over 2,000m, it opens up a number of possibilities. Next year, at 4 years old, she will have a much more open race program”.

Four runs, four wins

Joudh is now unbeaten in four starts for the colours of Yas Horse Racing. Regarding her upcoming program, Didier Guillemin elaborated: “For the moment, she will run in the race at Saint-Cloud, the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr. I PA, 2,000m, 29/09) and then perhaps to the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge des Pouliches - Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan (Gr. II PA, 1,600m, 26/10). The Paris race is the most important”.

A win for the breeding operation

Martial Boisseuil is the racing manager of Sheikh Mansoor, the owner and breeder of Joudh. He commented: “I would like to congratulate the team back home, at Wathba Stud Farm in Nonant-le-Pin, first of all. This is their victory as well. The filly won because she has the class, despite the heavy ground that doesn’t suit her. She has shown that she stays the trip, and we will see her next at Saint-Cloud. Having some race experience will be a big asset to her. Her sister Mabrooka is maybe just as good, but she is not as easy to train. Her dam has always produced good horses, even though they don’t all have the same speed. This is a bloodline that I had bought for Mr Évain at the stud of François de Linarès, the man who raised Kaldoun (Caro). Later, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, bought Kâline du Loup (Djoura Tu), the second dam. I then dealt with the matings”.

Rijm runs to form

Thomas Fourcy, who trains the second, Rijm, explained: “The colt has run well. He’s run to form, and the winner is very good. I said to myself today that the step up in trip and the ground could help us. It didn’t affect us, but he is beaten by a better horse. He will go to Saint-Cloud for the Group I for colts only. That way he won’t have to face her again”.

Dynamites, a promising third place

Karin van den Bos is both the breeder and trainer of the third, Dynamites, and she remarked: “He is immature and has only ever run in Holland against older horses. I brought him here as a prep, to give him some experience if he is to run at Saint-Cloud. The journey from Holland is only seven hours, as we are the same distance from Deauville as the trainers in the South West. My colts are bred in France and then come back to Holland. The dam of Dynamites produces horses who like soft ground”.

A great family belonging to Sheikh Mansoor

Joudh is the full sister to the very good Mabrooka who notably won the Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr. I PA). The same cross produced Rakha, winner of the Liwa Oasis (Gr. I PA) and the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge des Pouliches in 2011, and Rmmas, second in the Prix Burkeguy - Wathba Stallions Cup (Listed PA). Their dam, Shamayl (Kesberoy), has foaled six black type performers, including Haanoof (Quazar), third in the Group III PA at Abu Dhabi and Baraaqa (Sire d’Albret), who finished second to the champion Kiss de Ghazal in the Qatar French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge pour Pouliches (L PA), in 2010. The second dam, Kâline du Loup (Djouras Tu), foaled Câlin de Louve (Djelfor) who lifted the Arabian Jockey Club Derby and the Arabian Cup Stakes (Grs I PA). The branch of the Nevada II (Djanor) bloodline comes from the breeding operation of Jean-Marc Saphores, where she produced Chéri Bibi (Baroud III).

  Tahar de Candelon 
   Pehrxylla Ibn Xelio
   Jaf Orphatyn
   Yfs Almond Joy
JOUDH (F3)   
   Saint Laurent
   Djoura Tu
  Kâline du Loup 

DEAUVILLE (FRA), 12th August 2017


Gr. I PA - 3yos - 2,000m - € 50,000

1st           JOUDH (55) F3

Mahabb & Shamayl

Owner: Yas Horse Racing

Breeder: H.H. Sheikh M. Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Trainer: D. Guillemin (s)

Jockey: M. Barzalona

2nd         RIJM (57) C3

Azadi & Kerjam

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Breeder: H.E. Sheikh J. Bin Hamad Al Thani

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Augé

3rd          DYNAMITES (57) C3

Nashwan Al Khalidiah & Oleya du Loup

Owner: Landgoed Waterland

Breeder: Mrs K. Van Den Bos

Trainer: Mrs K. Van Den Bos

Jockey: A. Hamelin

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Somoud, Goumoh, Arghad, Mouhoobah & Rakeed.

All ran (8). (Turf) 2'20"19. Distances: 1/2 - 2 - 3 1/2.