As the New Year advances rapidly, multiple signs have left the French Purebred Arabian racing industry felling optimistic for 2018. In 2017, the two highest ratings for older horses were won in France. Ebraz (Amer) was given a rating of 127, the highest international rating of the year, when winning the Qatar Cup - Prix Dragon (equal to the rating given for his performance in the Emir's Sword). His runner-up, as per the ratings, is Gazwan (Amer) with a mark of 125 for his win in the Qatar Arabian World Cup. Once again, the best Purebred Arabian turf races in the world took place in France. The domination of the French program is unsurprisingly even more noticeable when looking at the 3 year olds: amongst the fourteen highest ratings, thirteen come from France. This strength in French racing has had an immediate repercussion on private sales of horses, which were strong in 2017. As soon as the quality is there, in the pedigree or on the track, buyers are easily found for the French Purebred Arabians. Furthermore, an increasing number of nations wish to invest in the best pedigrees. This is what drives the French breeders.
Last year, France Galop set in place a plan to economise on a large scale that will affect the entire industry. Within this reform, AFAC has successfully defended the Purebred Arabian program and its prize money. At the same time, Qatar has approved an increased budget for five of the major events during the weekend of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, for a total of € 500,000. With an increase of € 200,000, the Qatar Arabian World Cup now boasts prize money of over 1.2 million euros. This race has benefitted from the most significant rise.
Finally, at the beginning of 2018, a new publication was released, in partnership with AFAC. This was The Arabian Year Book. We are very proud of this book, which looks back on the best races of 2017 in France. The breeders, trainers, and owners of Purebred Arabians who have chosen France are in the land of excellence. Our aim is to produce a work that is a testimony to their excellence. This book is available in print, but you can read and download it here : http://jourdegalop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/AYB_2018.pdf.
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