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.
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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.
|MAJD AL ARAB|
|TM THUNDER STRUCK (H8)|
|SAN LOU ROMIRZ|
|ZT ALI BABA|
|BW ALI CATT|
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
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