PREMIO DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ARABIAN RACES 2018 - RAMIZ AL AZIZ AND HIS NEW LIFE
ROME (ITA), 29th April 2018
L. PA - 4 year olds and over - 2,000m - € 30,800
Ramiz Al Aziz (Akbar) left France in 2016 having hardly set the world alight in six outings for two different trainers. His owner-breeders, the Daverio family, then took the inspired decision to send him to Italy. Since joining the stable of Endo Botti, after taking up residence on the other side of the Alps, the horse has really hit his stride. Third in the Premio President of The UAE Cup Stakes (L. PA), and second in the Sheikh Bin Sultan Zayed Al Nahyan Cup (L. PA) in 2017, he has turned the corner this year. After trotting up by ten lengths on his return, he followed up with black type success in the first leg of the Dubai International Arabian Races. After racing in mid-division, Ramiz Al Aziz took it up half-way up the straight before turning back the dangerous attack of No and No Al Maury (Nizam) by a short head. It was the latter’s first attempt at black type level, having raced prominently in the early stages. Djebel de la Roque (Dahess) was a further four lengths back in third. The first five home are all French breds.
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MAKING BIG STRIDES FORWARD
Paul Daverio said after the win: "We are very happy and the horse has made a lot of progress. He has completely changed compared to last year. He cruised home by ten lengths on his seasonal debut on heavy ground. We have several Italian black type events in mind for him this year. However, we are going to consider running him at Newbury over this same trip [editor's note; 2,000m].” The Berkshire track hosts the Dubai International Arabian Races on July 20th.
During the 2016 edition of this Purebred Arabian meeting, Endo Botti, the trainer of Ramiz Al Aziz, made his presence felt by sending out Urge di Gallura (Caligola) to win the Emirates Equestrian Federation International Stakes (Gr. II PA). Fast-forwarding to April 29th of this year, Endo Botti trained the winners of all three races restricted to purebred Arabians, including Eiman du Loup (Kerbella) and Zoe di Gallura (Ulumu).
THE FOURTH BLACK TYPE SUCCESS OF WIN TAOUY
Bred by Paul Daverio, Ramiz Al Aziz is out of Win Taouy (Drug). The mare has generated four black type winners from four different stallions. The standout perfomer of them was Djet Taouy (Dahess), whose wins include the Coupe d'Europe des Chevaux Arabes, the English Derby (Purebred Arabians) and the Dubai International Stakes (Grs I PA).
Win Taouy’s other progeny include Ameretto (Amer), a five times winner at Group III PA level, and Nekhen Taoui (Djebbel) - Listed placed at Duindigt. This is the family which traces back to a good French line, namely that of Nefta (Saint Laurent).
INTERVIEW WITH THE BREEDER OF RAMIZ AL AZIZ: PAUL DAVERIO
The French Purebred Arabian. – How did you react to the big win of your horse?
Paul Daverio. – Very well as it is the culmination of the work of trainer Endo Botti, who has successfully ensured that the horse has rediscovered himself both physically and mentally this winter. It reflects the handler’s excellent work with the horse. It must be said that Ramiz Al Aziz is very well bred as he is a half-brother) to Djet Taouy (Dahess). It is proof positive again of the old adage that good blood doesn’t lie. It’s all positive and we are happy.
What caused you to change trainers by sending him to Endo Botti?
It is very difficult to train and winter horses in the North of Europe. It is far too cold in Berlin whereas conditions are far more congenial to training horses at Pisa. The training centre there is one of the best in Italy and it has all the facilities needed for the preparation of horses, and particularly so for the training of purebred Arabians. The training facilities are also well suited to this breed.
It has proved a fruitful decision as your horse has since been transformed by the experience has he not?
Absolutely, and the upshot is that all our three-year-olds and four-year-olds are were moved to Italy and it’s going well. The big bugbear in Italy is the small number of races for these horses. However, it’s a situation that should improve as races have been scheduled for Milan and Rome, whereas those at Grosseto could be transferred to Pisa. Everything, though, is currently in the melting pot and the current programme remains hazy.
The only certainty is that there will be races in the October to November at Pisa. However, we are still feeling our way a long regarding the May to September period.
Are we right in thinking that matters are heading in the right direction?
Absolutely, and when one of horses will be ready we won’t hesitate to raid Toulouse, Chantilly and Longchamp, or even England; as was the case with Ramiz Al Aziz at Newbury last year. The crux is to know that the horses have the potential to do well before they set-off on their travels. It was a far more complex situation when our horses were based in the North.
You chose to breed the dam of Ramiz Al Aziz to Amer or the sons of this sire such as Dahess. Please explain the choice of Akbar this time?
It’s simply because Akbar was still available and still sufficiently fertile as a sire. I also wished to change as I had an Akbar mare, Aghami, who showed ability by winning in Germany and Italy. Finally, I liked Akbar and he was deemed a good match for the female line of Ramiz Al Aziz, which is that of Nefta (Saint Laurent) if one goes further back in pedigree. It’s a quality female line which currently isn’t to be found in France.
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