Salma Nour Grine on course for a Chantilly showdown with the French fillies
Casablanca racecourse staged the Grand Prix Mohammed V (2,400m, 500,000 Dh) on May 10th. During the course of this gala meeting, the colours of M’hammed Karimine won four races. Our colleague Mondher Zouiten, explained: "The colour orange lit up the backdrop provided by the Anfa Gold Club during the first Friday of May… and this was due to a fantastic four timer achieved by the fluorescent orange silks of M’hammed Karimine. He is one of the most important owner-breeders in the kingdom of Morocco, and he achieved his successes in tandem with the Spanish duo, trainer Eduardo Buzon Bobillo and jockey Martin Borjaz Fayos, who was there to bolster the team. The four wins were gained on an eight race card and hardly graced the category of minor events! In fact, the colours of M’hammed Karimine triumphed in both the local versions of the Poules d’Essai des Pur-sang Arabes de 3ans (the local Guineas races for PA horses) (1,700m, 1,120,000 Dh). In the fillies’ equivalent the owner’s two runners, Salma Nour Grine (No Risk Al Maury) and Sabha de Grine (Af Albahar), completed a 1-2 in that order, having been separated by a neck. In the colts’ version, another of his protégés, Abhar Grine (Af Albahar), similarly crossed the line in the first place." In an interview published in the http://blacktypemagazine.com, trainer Eduardo Buzon Bobillo told Jaime Salvador: "Nour Grine, the winner of the Moroccan version of the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches, will be heading to the Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1 PA) at Chantilly on June 21st". The Karimine colours made their initial French splash via the victory of the PA horse Alsaker (Af Albahar) in the Prix Akbar (G) in 2015. The same horse went on to capture the Qatar Derby des Pur-sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr2 PA) in the colours of an Omani owner. In 2018, further success ensued via the owner’s Didier Guillemin-trained duo, Isalys (second in the Critérium du Béquet) and Alistair (the Prix Texanita (Gr3) winner later exported to Hongkong). Insandi (second in the Prix des Chênes, Gr3), proved to be a future sale topper after being sold for € 470,000 after beginning his career with Carlos Laffon-Parias.
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