OUTWARD APPEARANCES

01.08.2018

OUTWARD APPEARANCES

It seems to be almost an accepted fact within the context of the French Purebred Arabian racing scene that the script tends to go as follows: grey horses winning Purebred Arabian (PA) Group races in the colours of the top Arab owners. However, the trends of the first seven months of 2018 have turned conventional wisdom on its head. For, since April, thirteen PA Group races have been staged in France, and on each occasion, a different winner has emerged. Furthermore, only two ‘greys’ have crossed the line in first place. This digression concerning the colour of a horse’s coat isn’t just a mere detail. For it is the reflection of a real diversity concerning the pedigrees able to win at the highest level in France. This is very good news for the future as, in order to be able to breed effectively, it is necessary to tap into the maximum number of bloodlines, and performing ones at that. One must also recognise the incredible start to the season of the protégés of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Wathba Stud Farm and Yas Horse Racing Management), as they have triumphed in six of the thirteen PA Group races on offer prior to July 14th. It’s also remarkable to reflect that this Group winning spree has been achieved against the backdrop of the same concern having just nineteen runners in France as per the aforementioned date. However, the first part of the 2018 season has given rise to four major triumphs of horses racing either in the colours of owner-breeders, or stables relatively new to the scene, and namely those not having a huge amount of horses in training in France; and for this read Khalid Khasruzzaman, Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Emadadein Alhtoushi and the Haras de Ghazal. Despite the high level of competition in France, it is possible to take your place among the élite. Finally, the breeding enthusiasts will no doubt have spotted one glaring fact: and namely the appearance of Nevada II in ten of the thirteen pedigrees of the PA Group winners. Needless to say, this will come as no surprise to those passionate about the breed, but such a fact attests to the particular importance of this bloodline within the stud book. This success has reached such proportions that it has become almost impossible to list all the black type performers hailing from this line. However, we have written an article on this subject and, although it is forcibly incomplete, it has been undertaken with real enthusiasm.

Adrien Cugnasse