DOHA CUP - PRIX MANGANATE - KHATAAB GUARANTEES HIS PLACE IN THE QATAR ARABIAN WORLD CUP
DEAUVILLE (FRA), 12th August 2017
Gr. I PA, 4yos, 2,000 m, € 50,000
Khataab (Amer) won his first Group I PA on the 12th August at Deauville. After having travelled in last place throughout the race, Khataab came up the middle of the track to win decisively in front of Lightning Bolt (Munjiz) and Sylvine Al Maury (Munjiz), the two short-priced favourites in the race. Winner of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup - Prix Carthage-Hannibal (Gr. II PA) last April, beating Mehdaaf Athbah (Amer) and Prada T (Djendel), Khataab was then disappointing next time out in the Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes (Gr. I PA). His trainer gave him ninety days off, and reaped the reward with this win in the Doha Cup - Prix Manganate (Gr. I PA). Thomas Fourcy, who trains the horse, explained: “He is a very good horse, but his career has been interrupted by various issues. We are now able to manage them better. He needs to run fresh, and needs regular treatment. It paid off today. He has beaten two very classy horses. However they both ran just thirteen days ago, in a Group I PA, after having had hard races in England. So I was relatively confident this Saturday, especially as the rain gave us an advantage. He is quite a stiff horse and so appreciated some cut in the ground. For now, Khataab will be aimed to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend. In October, even if it’s good ground, he should run well as he has the ability”.
The race came too soon for Lightning Bolt
Karin van den Bos is the owner and breeder of Lightning Bolt. She commented: “He wasn’t in such good form as he was two weeks ago. I think this race came too soon after Newbury for him, even though he didn’t have a hard race. Olivier Peslier said he wasn’t the same horse today. We will continue with his program, but he will have more time between races”.
Sylvine Al Maury looks to Chantilly
Élisabeth Bernard, who trains Sylvine Al Maury, said: « There are no excuses. There was some contact in the straight, but the jockey said it didn’t interfere with her. He found her a little less incisive than at Newbury, but this was a better quality field. Khataab is a very good horse and Lightning Blot is a tough colt who won at Newbury last time out. When you compare the times, he ran in two seconds less that Sylvine, so it’s logical that he is in front of her today. For her next run, we will talk to the connections. However, personally, I prefer to bypass Istanbul and go directly to the Qatar Arabian World Cup”.
The family of Djelfor
Khataab was bred by Alban de Mieulle at Haras du Grand Courgeon. He commented: “His Excellency Sheikh Joaan saw Khataab when he was a foal. He liked the colt, and so he joined the Al Shaqab stable. His dam is currently with Jean-Pierre Totain. »
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Gr. I PA - 4yos - 2,000m - € 50,000
1st KHATAAB (57.5) M5
Amer & Djelana
Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Breeder:. A. de Mieulle
Trainer: T. Fourcy
Jockey: J. Cabre
2nd LIGHTNING BOLT (57.5) M5
Munjiz & Oleya du Loup
Owner: Landgoed Waterland
Breeder: Mrs K. Van Den Bos
Trainer: Mrs K. Van Den Bos
Jockey: O. Peslier
3rd SYLVINE AL MAURY (55.5) F6
Munjiz & Savavit Al Maury
Owner: Royal Cavalry of Oman
Breeder: R.-L. Koch
Trainer: Mrs J.-F. Bernard
Jockey: J.-B. Eyquem
Other runner(s) in finishing order: Al Walid, Valentin & Bandar.
All ran (6). (Turf) 2'20"86. Distances: NEK - 1/2 - 1 1/4.
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