PRIX NEVADA II - Almajdah avoids falling into a trap


PRIX NEVADA II - Almajdah avoids falling into a trap


Gr3 PA - 3-year-olds - Fillies - 1,600m (1m) - € 25,000

Julien Augé gave Almajdah (TM Fred Texas) an inspired ride in the Prix Nevada II (Gr3 PA). Aware that the pace was slowing considerably up front, he called upon his mount, who was gradually finding her feet, to take closer order down the backstretch. On a track which was riding very soft, the rider subsequently had his mount racing upsides the leaders in the final bend. This was the prelude to the Al Shaqab Racing filly thrusting herself in the thick of it in the straight before her impressive finishing burst sealed the deal. Ajaweed (Al Mamun Monlau), the other Thomas Fourcy runner, having gone the shortest way round and affected by the way the tempo slowed down at the front end, ran an honest race to be second. Mzoon (Kerbella) achieved a podium finish in third.

A good performance which sets the tone for next year. Almajdah made a winning debut

at Mont-de-Marsan before winding up sixth at this same track in the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge (Gr2 PA). Thomas Fourcy, having completed a 1-2, said: "The filly really disappointed on her last outing here at Toulouse. I had asked Laurie Foulard to ride the filly in the way she likes to be ridden. The plan was to find out whether she was good enough to go to Saint-Cloud. However, she simply proved that she didn’t have the mettle for that race, and, besides, I’ve a very good lot of three-year-old fillies in the yard. It was clearly the right decision to send her here. Almajdah is a very good filly. She needs time to find her feet in a race. When the leaders slowed the pace at the front end, Julien Augé made the right decision to make a forward move and he was right. Despite the fact that the filly made headway after racing away from the rail, it was the correct move. After making her effort where the race was unfolding, she showed good powers of acceleration in the ground, and that is something which couldn’t be taken for granted. Ajaweed ran a tidy race. She’s invariably always been beaten by some good fillies but has the ability to win at Group level. We will now rough the pair off the season and they will return to training next year. They should develop into smart four-year-old performers." Almajdah accounted for a certain Shadad (TM Fred Texas) on her introduction, and the latter franked the form by landing the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr3 PA) on the same October 23rd card.

From the line of Cherifa. Almajdah was bred by Al Shaqab Racing. She’s a daughter of TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand), a stallion which the above Qatari concern stand at the Haras de Thouars. He has had nineteen PA runners in France to date and eight of them have gone to gain black type. The dam, Ajdabya (Af Albahar), has already produced a winner, Latam (TM Fred Texas). The grandam has produced Masnoon (Amer), the Sprinter Championship (Gr3 PA) second, and Aba'ath (Amer). The latter won the Qatar International Cup (Gr1 PA) and French Arabian Breeders' Challenge (Gr2 PA).The fourth dam is none other than the renowned Cherifa (Cheri Bibi), the source of numerous champions and whose descendants have gone on to win around twenty Gr1 PA races no less.




San Lou Romirz



Burning Sand





Du Smaragda


TM Fred Texas









Queen Kong





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Af Albahar





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Gr3 PA - 3-year-olds - Females - 1,600m - € 25,000

1st        ALMAJDAH (56) F3

TM Fred Texas & Ajdabya, by Af Albahar

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Augé

2nd       AJAWEED (56) F3

Al Mamun Monlau & Haija, by Amer

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Cabre

3rd       MZOON (56) F3

Kerbella & Nagdine, by Baco du Cassou

Owner: S. Al Suwaidi

Breeder: S. Al Suwaidi

Trainer: E. Dell'Ova

Jockey: W. Smit

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Bint Albahar Kb, Gaby de Faust, Majda du Loup, Mansoura Al Cham, Nenawa & Princesse du Connors.

Non-runner: Najiah.

(Turf) 1'54"20. Distances: 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 - 1 3/4.