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THE LATE SHEIKH JASSIM BIN MOHAMMED AL THANI TROPHY- QATAR NATIONAL DAY TROPHY - A change of tactics pays off for TM Thunder Struck

07.02.2018

THE LATE SHEIKH JASSIM BIN MOHAMMED AL THANI TROPHY- QATAR NATIONAL DAY TROPHY - A change of tactics pays off for TM Thunder Struck

DOHA (QAT), 16th DECEMBER 2017

Gr. II PA - 3 year olds and up - 2,000m - € 78,388

The first significant race of the Qatari season, the Qatar National Day Trophy (Gr. II PA) was won by TM Thunder Struck (Majd Al Arab). He finished strongly to claim the victory, against Reda (Burning Sand), the latest winner of the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr. I PA). Mahess du Soleil (Dahess) completed the finishing line-up.

A clean victory

Second in both of his starts this season, this time TM Thunder Struck was held up along the rail by Jean-Baptiste Hamel. The latter then chose to move to the outside in the final turn, coming around the field to follow Reda. TM Thunder Struck and Reda then battled down the home straight, but the eventual winner never ceded an inch to his rival, and held him off to the line. Alban de Mieulle, who trained the winner, spoke to the local press: "We were a bit disappointed that he hadn’t won his most recent races. He has proved that he has the ability, but he’s getting older, he is 8 years old now. We changed tactics with him and held him up, and he showed that he still has the ability to win over 2,000 meters. We knew that he had a bit turn of foot, and as long as you are winning the big races like this, everything is all right."

A second title

TM Thunder Struck was winning this race for the second time in his career, the first being in 2015, also ridden by Jean-Baptiste Hamel, when he finished in front of his stable companion Nashmi (Amer). He ran the race that day in 2’11’’14, and this year in 2’13’’45.

To see the race:

https://youtu.be/F-SZwJt5Heo

A great American bloodline

TM Thunder Struck was bred in the United States by M.L. Todd Moak. He is the most successful offspring of Bonnett (Burning Sand), the uterine sister to Dixie Darlene (Wiking), winner of seventeen races and Horse of the Year in 1998. This latter is the dam of a number of useful performers, such as Dixies Valentine (Nivour de Cardonne), who received two Darley Awards and won eleven of his nineteen starts, and Grilla (Kong), winner of eleven races, including a number of Group Is PA. TM Thunder Struck’s second dam, BW Ali Catt (ZT Ali Baba), is the dam of Mr Full Service (Sam Tiki), winner of the Arabian Sprint Cup (Gr. I PA) at the age of 11.

WAFI
AMER
BUSHRA
MAJD AL ARAB
MANGANATE
DJELMILA
CHERIFA
TM THUNDER STRUCK (H8)
SAN LOU ROMIRZ
BURNING SAND
DU SMARAGDA
BONNETT
ZT ALI BABA
BW ALI CATT
EI TALQUAHJAMASNA

DOHA (QAT), 16th December 2017

THE LATE SHEIKH JASSIM BIN MOHAMMED AL THANI - QATAR NATIONAL DAY TROPHY

Gr. II PA - 3 year olds and over - 2,000m - QR 365,000

1st        TM THUNDER STRUCK (60) H7

Majd Al Arab & Bonnett

Owner:  Umm Qarn

Breeder:  L.T. Moak Warren

Trainer:  A. de Mieulle

Jockey:  J.-B. Hamel

2nd       REDA (60) H5

Burning Sand & Ba’scherit

Owner:  H.H. Sheikh M. Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Breeder:  Al Shahania Stud

Trainer:  J. Smart

Jockey:  T. Bachelot

3rd       MAHESS DU SOLEIL (60) H6

Dahess & Dormah de Brugère

Owner:  H.H. Sheikh K. Bin Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Breeder:  J.D. Kippen

Trainer:  P. Deymonaz

Jockey:  C. Fiocchi

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Messine de Sinuhe, Djelamer, Shabih Alreeh, Rasi, Tefkir, Mindza & Al Majh’Hoor.

All Ran (10) – (Turf) – 2’13’’45

Distances: ½ - 3 ½ - 1