QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES JUMENTS - POULICHES 4ANS - Raahah is tenacity personified


QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES JUMENTS - POULICHES 4ANS - Raahah is tenacity personified


Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds - Fillies - 2,000m - € 150,000

Patience can be a real virtue. As before this Gr1 PA event, Raahah (Asraa Min Albarq) had failed to reach the winner’s enclosure on seven previous attempts, although she was unlucky at times. Consequently, she rated an 18-1 chance on her first attempt at this level, and was racing at a track where the rains had made for testing conditions. However, the state of the ground proved no hindrance to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani runner. Consequently, the François Rohaut protégée opened her account in the best possible fashion, and namely by scoring a direct hit in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr1 PA).

Giving her all.  A Gr1 PA winner on the English circuit, Bayan (Munjiz) went to the front and was tracked by Durat Al Zaman (Hilal Al Zaman) on her outside. Al Ryma Monlau (Runner) also raced prominently. Having languished off the pace for a long way, the future winner gradually got on terms and was right in the thick of it half-way up the straight, having drawn upsides the leaders. After seizing the initiative, Raahah gave her all by digging deep to repel the thrust of Jaazmah Athbah (Jalnar Al Khalidiah). The latter came up a little short in the wake of her close second. Vivabaina (Kerbella), having raced isolated along the rails, had to settle for third.

Maturing for the big occasion. François-Xavier Bertras, the winning jockey, said: "She’s a very tough filly. Furthermore, she had been unlucky on her previous race. She has made great strides forward in the lead-up and was in peak condition coming into the race. A very tough filly was needed to win this and she was certainly that today. Her trainer is a dab hand when it comes to aiming his horses at specific races. He has ensured that the filly has reached the required maturity on the big occasion. My filly refused to lie down and never flinched the issue. We let the other runners in the field slug it out and we knew full well that the filly would dig deep when the chips were down."

Scope for further progress. François Rohaut was winning the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments for the first time and he said: "She was a mediocre filly last year. However, she embarked on an upward curve in the spring and has improved from race to race. She has toughened up and, at present, has proved to be a very tough customer when it comes to a battle. As the battles mount up some horses tend to shirk the issue, but others tend to improve as a result and that’s the case with her. When I became aware that the ground was softening, I knew that it was going to be a plus. Having reached maturity, the filly showed what she is capable of. A super filly, she hails from a very good breeding academy and one intent on leaving no stone unturned when it comes to achieving the best possible results. She will now be roughed off for the season and, when she returns to training, we are going to gear her preparation towards the big race [editor's note: Qatar Arabian World Cup]? The European racing programme caters for five-year-old PA mares. She continues on the upgrade. The ground may have hindered some of the other runners in the race but not her. Her victory is that of the whole Al Shahania Stud team."

Jaazmah Athbah is beaten by the ground. Concerning the performance of the second Élisabeth Bernard said: "I think that the ground found her out and that’s why she got beaten. She’s not a heavy ground filly. The third is still a maiden, as was the winner coming into the race, and I think that they particularly relished the ground. I’ve no wish to knock their performances in any way, as both have progressed for sure, but they are surprise packages. I’m sure that my filly would have won on good ground as her action was laboured in the latter stages. She carries the colours of a Saudi Arabian owner and will probably be aimed at a race on the Saudi Cup card at Riyadh towards the end of February."

Vivabaina posts a career best. Charles Gourdain, the trainer of the third, said: "Vivabaina

was very brave and  Olivier Peslier gave her a very patient ride. The filly struggled to go the early pace in the conditions, but clearly the ground didn’t bother her as she finished strongly. I think that they went too quick in front. We’re very happy and will mull matters over before coming to a decision. Nothing is as yet decided and there aren’t many options open to her in France. We may aim her at a big race in Toulouse..."

The sister of Ebraz. Bred by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Raahah forms part the initial generations of horses to have been bred at the Haras des Cruchettes. The English thoroughbred Group winning pair, Pelligrina and Aspetar, are other cases in point. The PA horses Min'ha and Rajeh, winners at the aforementioned level, also conform to this category. Raahah is the first Gr1 PA winner of the Al Shahania Stud stallion Asraa Min Albarq (Amer). There was little demand for the latter’s services as his French representation numbered just four in the year that Raahah was born. Raahah’s dam is Massamarie (Tidjani), one of the foundation mares of the breeding operation associated with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani. She has above all acquired the reputation as the dam of Ebraz (Amer), whose CV includes the Amir’s Sword (twice), the 2017 edition of the Qatar Cup - Prix Dragon and the Qatar International Stakes, Qatar Arabian World Cup (Grs1 PA).

Massamarie has yielded three other PA Group winners when bred to Amer: Mared Al Sahra (Amir’s Sword, Gr1 PA), Mu’Azzaz (Shadwell Dubai International Stakes, Gr1 PA), and Metrag (Grand Prix de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI, Gr3 PA).

Raahah is a granddaughter of Margau (Manganate), a full sister to those crack performers Dormane (Manganate) and Djendel (Manganate). At stud, Margau foaled a performer of the calibre of Santhal (Djebbel). The latter’s six successes comprised the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr1 PA). The great grandam is none other than Mandore (Grabiec), the renowned mare of the de Watrigant breeding academy.














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First 1.000m : 1’12’’22

1.000m to 600m : 27’’01

600m to 400m : 14’’96

400m to 200m : 14’’41

Final 200m: 14’’17

Final time: 2’22’’77



Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds - Females - 2,000m - € 150,000

1st        RAAHAH (56) F4

Asraa Min Albarq & Massamarie, by Tidjani

Owner: H.H. Sheikh M. Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Breeder: Al Shahania Stud

Trainer: F. Rohaut

Jockey: F.-X. Bertras

2nd       JAAZMAH ATHBAH (56) F4

Jalnar Al Khalidiah & Keen Game, by Bengali d'Albret

Owner: Athbah Stud Limited

Breeder: Athbah Stud Limited

Trainer: Mrs J.-F. Bernard

Jockey: J.-B. Eyquem

3rd       VIVABAINA (56) F4

Kerbella & Vivamaria, by Njewman

Owner: Royal Cavalry of Oman

Breeder: Royal Cavalry of Oman

Trainer: C. Gourdain

Jockey: O. Peslier

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Durat Al Zaman, Al Haffanah, Bayan, Jadeeda, R'ezala, Al Ryma Monlau & Aksinya.

All ran (10).

(Turf) Very Soft. 2'22"77. Distances: NECK - NECK - 3 1/2.