IFAHR International Ratings 2017 - A YEAR DOMINATED BY AL SHAHANIA
IFAHR (International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities) has published its annual ratings for Purebred Arabians 2017. The breeding operation of Al Shahania is at the top of the list for both older horses and 3 year olds.
A winning trio
With a rating of 127, Ebraz (Amer) sits on the throne of the older horses. His win in the Emir’s Sword (Gr. I PA) and the Qatar Cup - Prix Dragon (Gr. I PA) as well as his third place in the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr. I PA) means that he is considered as the best Arabian racehorse currently in competition. Winner of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr. I PA), Gazwan (Amer) comes in to second position with a rating of 125, equal to that of Reda (Burning Sand), winner of the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr. I PA) and who has the particular attribute of having been born and raised in Qatar. This trio all run in the silks of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani and his breeding and racing operation, Al Shahania Stud. The first 'FR' to appear in the list is Yazeed (Munjiz), who is trained by Alban de Mieulle, and finished second in the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr. I PA), takes fifth place with a rating of 124. Just behind him, Muraaqib (Munjiz) is the first French-trained horse to appear in the table, in sixth place with a rating of 123.
An unbeaten colt
Amongst the 3-year-olds, François Rohaut’s colt, Rajeh (Jaafer Asf), unbeaten in three runs, including in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr. I PA) at Saint-Cloud, dominates the table with a rating of 114. He is another homebred owned by Al Shahania. Winner of the fillies' league, the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr. I PA), Easter de Faust (Mahabb) is in second place with a rating of 112, equal to that of Rodess du Loup (Dahess), a winner at Toulouse in the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge - Poulains (Gr. III PA).
In the 3 year old rankings, thirteen out of the fourteen horses carry an 'FR' suffix, and all are by stallions who officiate in France. Amongst these thirteen horses, twelve were trained in France last year.
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