QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES POULAINS - Amyr du Soleil proves to be in a league of his own


QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES POULAINS - Amyr du Soleil proves to be in a league of his own


Gr1 PA - 3-year-olds - Colts - 2,000m - € 100,000

The overwhelming choice of the punters after exuding class on his prior two starts in the  provinces, Amyr du Soleil (Amer) continued in a similar vein after annexing the top event for three-year-old colts, the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr1 PA) at Saint-Cloud. Both the winning owner and trainer, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Thomas Fourcy, were each savouring a third success in the race. Incidentally, the latter also won the race as a jockey. Furthermore, no colt had ever won this race by six lengths, an exploit which had eluded class acts such as Al Mamun Monlau (Munjiz) and Mushrae (Munjiz).

A dominant winner and a cast of onlookers. Smartly into his stride, Amyr du Soleil soon took over at the head of affairs and was shadowed on his outside by Freddy Py (TM Fred Texas), as Emporio (Josco du Cayrou) raced in the slipstream of the pacesetter. On leaving the final bend, Amyr du Soleil gave the distinct impression that he was toying with rivals. Consequently, his jockey had only to open up a reef of rein, and his mount, having hugged the rails, took the cue by putting daylight between himself and his rivals. He proved to be very much in a class of his own. The bred in the purple Jarif (Dahess) was noted doing his best work in the straight on only his second start. His was a very promising second place. Mounjared Al Cham (Azadi), a stablemate of the winner, was a length further adrift in third.

Looking ahead to the Qatar Arabian World Cup 2020? Thomas Fourcy said: "He’s a horse that is only going to improve with age. I told the owners at the beginning of the year that he was a very nice horse and those impressions have been confirmed. We’ve managed him very carefully this season and he hasn’t had to force his talent to win his races. It was a bit tougher for him here but he still stamped his authority. As for the ground easing, he gallops in such a way that I had no fears about him acting on the ground. He should do well over the winter and I’m hoping that he develops into a very smart four-year-old and consequently a Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) contender." As for the third, he added: "Mounjared Al Cham is still very tender. Through his own endeavours he didn’t get the best of starts, and he struggled to get on terms after that. He will improve with age. When he comes up against the same opposition next year, he should finish a lot closer."

Jarif, a potential Derby contender for 2020? Élisabeth Bernard trains the second and she said: "He made his debut very late and only saw the racecourse for the first time a month ago. Jarif is very immature and very tender still but he ran on with gusto in the straight. His rivals were more seasoned than him and some of them are PA Group winners. I’ve always held him in high regard and am not surprised by the way he ran. He’s a very good horse but alas he went into training quite late. He’s going to be an excellent four-year-old, as he has a fantastic mindset and a powerful physique to boot. I trained the dam, who was a high class performer, and in common with her he’s perfect. He’s going to be rested until next year when he will pick up the thread in the best company. His campaign will revolve around the Derby at Chantilly."

The family of Dahor de Brugère and Mahess du Soleil. Amyr du Soleil was bred by Lisa and Pierre Deymonaz. He was reared at the Haras du Saubouas, a concern which has enjoyed considerable success with the PA breed, as denoted by the victory of Lady Princess (General) in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA). Both horses were broken-in

at Paul Basquin’s breeding establishment. He went through the ring at the Saint-Cloud sales,

where he was a € 45.000 buy back. He has two siblings, one a foal and the other a yearling, and both share the paternity of Munjiz (Kesberoy).

Amyr du Soleil provided his dam with her first winner – herself a full sister to Dormah de Brugère (Dormane). The latter numbered the Jumeirah International Stakes (Gr2 PA) and the Arabian International Stakes (Gr2 PA) among her seven wins. In the breeding shed, Dormah de Brugère went on to produce Mahess du Soleil (Dahess), the UK Arabian Derby (Gr1 PA) victor at Newmarket. The grandam Ballade Folle (Djelfor) is a full sister to Bar Royal and Beau Bar. The latter, a multiple winner, also tasted victory in the Prix Damas (Gr3 PA). Ballade Folle went on to generate the triple winning Dormadora (Dormane), whose successes comprised the Challenge Derby (Gr2 PA) at Ostend (Belgium). However, her reputation can above all be attributed to the fact that she is the dam of the high class performer Dahor de Brugère (Dahess). A six times winner, the latter annexed both the Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy and the Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1s PA). He also achieved a podium finish in the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA), and is very much an up and coming stallion.























































Ballade Folle







First 1,000m : 1’09’’38

1,000m to 600m : 29’’91

600m to 400m : 13’’73

400m to 200m : 13’’75

Final 200m : 14’’63

Final time : 2’21’’40



Gr1 PA - 3-year-olds - Colts and Geldings - 2,000m - € 100,000

1st        AMYR DU SOLEIL (56) C3

Amer & Balladore, by Dormane

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

Breeder: Mrs L. Deymonaz

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Augé

Arqana, Saint-Cloud, vente de pur-sang arabes 2018, 2ans, € 145,000, Saubouas (bought back)

2nd       JARIF (56) C3

Dahess & Kiss de Ghazal, by Dormane

Owner: H.M. Al Ghatani

Breeders: H.M. Al Ghatani, Haseg & Haras de Rabodanges

Trainer: Mrs J.-F. Bernard

Jockey: J.-B. Eyquem

Arqana, Saint-Cloud, vente de pur-sang arabes 2018, 2ans, € 180,000, Saubouas (bought back)

3rd       MOUNJARED AL CHAM (56) C3

Azadi & Al Moutawakila, by Al Sakbe

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing & Mrs N. Mousalli

Breeders: H. Mousli, Mrs N. Mousalli & F. Al Elweet

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: V. Cheminaud

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Emporio, Al Noury, Methgal, Zalej Al Cham, Freddy Py, Good des Vialettes & Battash de Faust.

All ran (10).

(Turf) Very Soft. 2'21"40. Distances: 6 - 1 - 2 1/2.