Eight young French stallions worth following this season


Eight young French stallions worth following this season

As the breeding season is fast upon us, we have marked your card by listing the names of young French stallions we deem worth following this year, and particularly as this is a pivotal moment for their careers in the breeding shed.

Manark: the first son of Mahabb to stand in France

Endowed with a pedigree noted for its originality – being devoid of the strains of Amer and Kesberoy – and equally at home on dirt as well as turf, Manark (Mahabb) has numerous cards to play. The Shadwell stallion is a very attractive horse, who is at the same time harmonious, well balanced and compact, and he will now embark on his second career at the Haras de Saint-Faust. The grandam is a full sister to Dormane (Manganate). To date, no son of Mahabb (Tahar de Candelon) has stood as a stallion in France. As befits this stallion’s progeny, Manark combined speed with precocity which is fully in tune with a French PA racing programme that offers numerous opportunities from the age of three. Trained by Damien de Watrigant, Manark visited the winner’s circle in the month of March during his first racing season.

He was third in a very good renewal of the Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr. I PA). A tough sort, he ran no less than eight starts at three when he scored a notable win in the Emirates Equestrian Federation International Stakes (Gr. II PA, 1,400m). At five, Manark was third in the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Harwood International Stakes (Gr. I PA) before leaving Europe. He delivered a stunning performance in the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr. I PA) in which he shattered the course record. His stud fee has been set at 3,000 euros.

Al Mouwaffak: one of the best sons of Azadi is Haras de Thouars bound

Al Shaqab Racing has again expressed its confidence in the Haras de Thouars by standing Al Mouwaffak (Azadi) there during his first season at stud in 2019. His stud fee has been set at 1,200 euros (live foal) (frozen sample) and 1,000 euros (live foal, fresh sample). A precocious type, he was unbeaten in three starts as a three-year-old when he recorded wins in the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr. II PA) and the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr. I PA), a race in which he turned on the style. Trained by Thomas Fourcy, he remained competitive at Gr. I PA level until the age of seven. Both speedy and precocious, he showed a remarkable turn of foot. Devoid of Amer blood, Al Mouwaffak is a son of Azadi (Darike), a sire that tends to improve his stock. Granted that Azadi has been represented by a very small number of foals, his statistics make for remarkable reading. Of his thirty-one offspring to have raced in France, six (Nafees, Al Nachmiya, Al Fahda, Ibn Azadi, Rijm, Meelad and Badi Al Cham) have gained black type. Morgane de Piboul (Djourman), the dam of Al Mouwaffak, is responsible for the two black type performers: Al Sakbe (the Dubai International Stakes, Gr. I PA) (twice) and Al Moutawakel (Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge Round II, Gr. I PA). The grandam has produced Magic de Piboul (Dubai Kahayla Classic, Gr. I PA).

It should also be noted that the Haras de Thouars will distribute the semen samples of RB Burn (Majd Al Arab) from this year. Having raced in France where he was trained by Madame Jean-François Bernard, he proved to be a very smart performer three-year-old, having finished second in a quality renewal in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr. I PA) in which he divided Muraaqib (Munjiz) and Alsaker (Af Albahar). At four, the US-born performer came up trumps in the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (Gr. I PA), before adding to that win the following season in the Liwa Oasis (Gr. I PA). His covering fee is 2,000 euros.

Their first foals are on the way

On the face of it hardly seems nothing out of the ordinary. However, the year 2019 will see the birth of the first foals of the high class Al Mourtajez (Dahess). It is hardly surprising that this exceptional horse has been bred to a band of broodmares worthy of his name and one summed up by one word: outstanding. His first foals have already been born and his first crop is expected to be a numerous one as the young Al Shaqab Racing sire, based at the Haras de Thouars, covered 91 mares during his first season at stud in 2018. Bred in the purple, he has a lot going for him as regards developing into a good stallion. The arrival of the first French foals of another Haras de Thouars sire, Aim South (Burning Sand), are also awaited in 2019. The winner of seven Grs I races from the ages of four to eight, the US-bred was the recipient of four Horse of the Year awards on the other side of the Atlantic.

Al Mamun Monlau and his army of three-year-olds

Many of the PA three-year-olds have yet to go into training. However, while waiting for the yards to fill up, it is possible to get a glimpse of the first season sires which will be the best represented in France during 2019. As of January 22nd, Al Mamun Monlau (Munjiz) has seventeen of his offspring listed as in training. The breakdown is as follows: Thomas Fourcy (five), Didier Guillemin (two), Charles Gourdain (two) David Morisson (two), whereas Madame Jean-François Bernard, Frédéric Sanchez and Antoine de Watrigant will each train one representative of this sire. It’s no great surprise as the Haras du Grand Courgeon stallion has a big first crop following the birth of thirty-nine French foals in 2016. A Group I PA winner during every season in which he raced until the age of five, he was also precocious as denoted by his productive three-year-old campaign. Placed on his racecourse debut during the month of May, he went on to finish third in the Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr. I PA), before later proving successful in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr. I PA).

The emerging forces of Josco du Cayrou and Dahor de Brugere

Al Mamun Monlau accounted for another son of Munjiz (Kesberoy) in the shape of Josco du Cayrou (Munjiz) by half a length at Saint-Cloud.

Based at the Haras de Pau, the Royal Stables of Oman sire has also been acclaimed by French breeders. His first crop, born in 2016, numbered no less than 38 foals. Eight are already in-training and, with the exception of Philippe Sogorb (two), Madame Jean-François Bernard, Thierry de Laurière, Frédéric Sanchez, François Rohaut, David Morisson and Charles Gourdain, have each welcomed a single representative.


After first seeing the racecourse during the month of April, Josco du Cayrou proved to be a smart performer at three when landing the

Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy (Gr. I PA) at Deauville in the summer. Even if his book of mares was much smaller than that of his competitors, half of the first crop of Dahor de Brugère (Dahess) are already in training. Unbeaten in four starts at three, he scored notable wins in the

Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy and the Qatar Coupe de France des chevaux Arabes (Gr. I PA). His progeny are also the subject of upbeat bulletins on the training grounds. Two of his products are currently in training with Thomas Fourcy with Madame Jean-François Bernard housing one of them.

Stallion Number of foals born (2016) Number of horses in training in France (*)
Al Mamun Monlau 39 17
Dahor de Brugere 6 3
Josco du Cayrou 38 8
Kandar du Falgas 1 1
Tidjari des Forges 1 1

(*) Data correct as of January 22, 2019