THE 2018 PA INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS - The domination of French racing and breeding


THE 2018 PA INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS - The domination of French racing and breeding

The 2018 International Classifications for Purebred Arabians have been published by the IFAHR Pattern Race Committee. The classification period runs from November 2017 to October 2018, and it doesn’t include races from the current Middle East Pattern race season. Seven of the thirteen top horses are French-breds, while ten of the top twelve three-year-olds also carry the 'FR' label. Both divisional leaders embraced the French programme.

Older Horses.

Thirteen horses in the four-year-old and upwards bracket achieved a rating of 120 or more, with a further 38 rated between 110 and 119. Sharing top billing on 128 are Fazza Al Khalediah (Jalnar Al Khalediah) and Gazwan (Amer), while the top-rated mare is Al Shamoos (No Risk Al Maury) after she achieved a mark of 120.

Fazza Al Khalediah earned his rating by winning the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) at Longchamp in October. Although the time of 2.13.22 was not a record, the manner of his win, when he came from off the pace and accelerated clear, was impressive.

Fourth in the World Cup was Gazwan. He improved his rating to 128 (from 125 in 2017) when winning a second Qatar Gold Sword (Gr1PA) at Doha last April. Runner-up in the Gold Sword to Gazwan was Yazeed (Munjiz), and this earned him a rating of 127. Closely matched with the above pair was Ebraz (Amer), whose 126 mark reflected his second to Gazwan in the H.H. Amir Sword, and third in the Gold Sword.

Muraaqib (Munjiz) was also rated 126. He achieved his highest rating to date when confirming himself as the world’s premier miler following a fine display in the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) at Goodwood in August – when beating Ebraz by a length and a half.

Khataab (Amer) achieved a rating of 123 when a two and a half lengths second to Fazza Al Khalediah in the World Cup, this was the five-year-old’s best performance since winning the Doha Cup (Prix Manganate) (Gr1 PA) in 2017 when he ran to a mark of 120.

Although crossing the line ahead of Muraaqib, RB Burn (Majd Al Arab) lost the 2017 H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (Gr1 PA) in the stewards’ room. He was awarded a rating of 122 for that effort and has since been retired to stud.

The highest rated older female is Al Shamoos (120) following her five and a half lengths win in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr1PA) at Longchamp in October. She has since gone on to land the 2018 Jewel Crown when beating Fazza Al Khalediah. However, that race will form part of her 2019 assessment.


Horse Age Sex Sire Dam Sire of Dam Rating
Fazza Al Khalediah (FR) 4 M Jalnar Al Khalidiah Assma Al Khalediah Amer 128
Gazwan (GB) 7 Amer  Arc de Ciel  Djendel  128
Yazeed (FR) 5 Munjiz  Al Dahma  Amer  127
Ebraz (GB) 5 Amer  Massamarie  Tidjani  126
Muraaqib (FR) 6 Munjiz  Tashreefat  Bengali d'Albret 126
Khataab (FR) 6 Amer  Djelana  Al Sakbe  123
Rb Burn (US) 6 Majd Al Arab  Burnie Gee Pw  Burning Sand  122
Al Shamoos (FR) 4 No Risk Al Maury  Hamiya Al Hasim 120
Al Zahir (FR) 5 Madjani Petite Class Barour de Cardonne 120
Chaddad (GB) 8 Mared Al Sahra  Nisaee Dormane  120
Shahm (FR) 5 Mahabb  Haboob  Akbar  120
Tallaab Al Khalediah (SA) 7 Jalood Al Khalidiah  Siehame  Dormane  120
TM Thunder Struck (US) 8 M Majd Al Arab  Bonnett Burning Sand  120

The younger division

The three-year-old division is headed by the filly Al Haffanah (Amer) after 113 following her win in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1PA) at Saint-Cloud in October. This was only her second career start and her first in Pattern company.

A pound behind her was Marid (TM Fred Texas) (112) as a result of him winning the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr1PA). Finishing his European season as a dual Group 1 PA winner, he has been a fine advertisement for first-season sire, the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1PA) winner TM Fred Texas. Al Haffanah and TM Fred Texas were bred at the Haras du Grand Courgeon. Also rated 112 was Moubna (Moubtassim). Undefeated in five starts, she is the best filly in Morocco and the only member of the fairer sex to have won the kingdom’s Triple Crown.


Horse Age Sex Sire Dam Sire of Dam Rating
Al Haffanah (FR) 3 Amer  Al Nachmiya  Azadi  113
Marid (FR) 3 Tm Fred Texas  Al Dahma  Amer  112
Moubna (MA) 3 Moubtassim  Naimah  Darweesh  112
Bel'izam (FR) 3 Nizam  Djesabelle  Dormane  111
Deryan (FR) 3 Mahabb  Haboob  Akbar  111
Shalaa (FR) 3 Dahess  Dormadora  Dormane  111
Hayyan (FR) 3 Munjiz  Dahwa  Tidjani  110
Tahirwah (FR) 3 Amer  Kerim  Kerbella  109
Zoe di Gallura (IT) 3 Ulumu Elettra de Nulvi  Rubis de Carrère  109
Baseel (FR) 3 Munjiz  Assrar  Dormane  108
Bayan (FR) 3 Munjiz  Mowafaka  Tidjani  108
Fettah du Loup (FR) 3 Kerbella  Paida du Loup  Dormane  108