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French Purebred Arabian

French Purebred Arabian

Fivefold proof

29.05.2019

Fivefold proof

What yardsticks does one use to ascertain the importance of Purebred Arabian racing within the overall context of French racing? Does it revolve around the number of races which are open to the breed? Does it comprise the total betting turnover which such races generate? The answer is no as they represent far more than that and one clearly has to look elsewhere to ascertain their importance in our country. The Jour de Galop readership which tucks into the specialist French language racing publication each evening, whose target audience comprises the socio-professional classes of our industry and those passionate about the sport, are acutely aware of this. The last six weeks have thrown up five great examples. Rise High (Myboycharlie) was runner-up in the Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (Gr1, 2.400m) in Hong Kong on May 26th. This took his earnings to 9.54 million Hong Kong dollars (the equivalent of 1.08 million €). He hails from the nursery of Marie-Claude Biaudis, and the latter is also the breeder of classy PA performers such as Nez d’Or and Noreen. Carriacou (Califet) enabled Isabelle Pacault to become the first woman to train the winner of the Zeturf Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris (Gr1), which sent the Auteuil crowd into raptures on May 19th. The same handler is also the co-breeder and co-owner of Carriacou, and the latter spent his early days at the Haras de Mirande, the same nursery which Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan uses for his PA horses. ParisLongchamp played host to the Emirates Poules d’Essai, the French Guineas, on May 12th. Both classics benefitted from the generous sponsorship of the United Arab Emirates, and notably His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan who has numerous PA horses-in-training in France. Qabala (Scat Daddy) was third in the QIPCO 1.000 Guineas (Gr1) at Newmarket on May 5th. The filly is owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, a well-established name of the French scene, and notably via his link with the Haras des Cruchettes. Schiaparelli (Josco du Cayrou) marked the return of the ‘Niarchos’ colours to the PA racing  scene – 24 hours after Magna Grecia (Invincible Spirit), co-owned by the same stable, lorded it in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (Gr1)…