QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES POULICHES - Lady Princess proves to be the Purebred Arabian equivalent of Zarkava!


QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES POULICHES - Lady Princess proves to be the Purebred Arabian equivalent of Zarkava!


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

Small in stature, Lady Princess (General) has the huge heart of a champion. On a very soft track that wasn’t necessarily to her advantage, she accounted for her stablemate Meethag (Dahor de Brugère). Unbeaten in three starts, Lady Princess has achieved a particularly far from easy double of landing the Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy and the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA). Three fillies have beaten the ‘boys’ at Deauville since 2012 and for this read: Lady Princess, Bint Jakkarta (Af Albahar) and Joudh (Mahabb). However, the latter two went on to taste defeat at Saint-Cloud, and this gives added kudos to the performance of the Shael Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari representative. Trainer Thomas Fourcy achieved the forecast in the big fillies’ race and completed a Gr1 PA double on the card!

Finding a second wind under pressure.  Salma Nour Grine (No Risk Al Maury), the Moroccan filly encountering such conditions for the first time, made a rapid beeline for the lead and was tracked by Artémis (Azadi) and Mon’nia (Amer). Lady Princess sat on the heels of the leaders under Christophe Soumillon, and was intent on biding her time as she waited to pounce. In the final stages, Lady Princess angled out for her challenge as she quickened into the lead. Under the threat posed by Meethag, her renewed impetus enabled her to carry the day. A very game Artémis held on to third as Salma Nour Grine finished outside of the numbers in fourth.

The golden generation of the Thomas Fourcy yard. The winning trainer said: "The ground wasn’t necessarily her cup of tea but Lady Princess has such a big heart. After idling in front, the filly rallied when my other runner in the race turned on the heat. She has all the attributes of a champion and is the ‘Zarkava’ of the Purebred Arabian world. She’s a great filly although not much to look at in pure physical terms. The plan is to give her a break." Regarding Meethag he added: "She had a very good race and hers was a creditable effort. She didn’t pull and there’s nothing more to be added. The filly laid down the gauntlet to 'Lady' but the latter found another gear. She lost no caste in defeat."

Looking to the future. Élisabeth Bernard, the trainer of Artémis and Salma Nour Grine, said: "On her debut Artémis was intimidated by the presence of another horse in the race. I was very disappointed as I thought that she was a very good filly. She was exceptional on her second start, only to run too freely last time out. Consequently, we decided to allow her to race prominently so that she didn’t pull. Although Salma Nour Grine, with her stride devouring action, went to the front but that wasn’t what was intended. However, she was far from disgraced. Moroccan by birth, she has made the frame in all the PA Group races which she has contested in France, and that’s a magnificent achievement in itself. She’s a quality filly but is already a seasoned performer whereas the reverse is true of Artémis, as the latter is still on the tender side. Artémis will be a much better filly at four and I think that we will now give her a break."

The sister of Mister Ginoux. Lady Princess is a daughter of General (Amer) and she provided the Haras du Grand Courgeon stallion with his first French Gr1 PA winner. Paul Basquin, Lisa and Pierre Deymonaz acquired Lady Princess after visiting the breeding establishment of Bruno Bellaud. She was subsequently sent to the Haras du Saubouas.

The dam Nacrée Al Maury (Kesberoy), acquired by Bruno Bellaud on the advice of Martial Boisseuil, won the Prix Damas (Gr3 PA). A yearling by the same mare was sold for € 240,000 to Al Shaqab Racing at the Arqana sales. The mare’s first product is the current Al Shaqab Racing sire and Haras de Thouars resident Mister Ginoux (Amer). The quintuple winner made his mark in the Qatar International Trophy (Gr1 PA), the Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr2 PA) – beating Gazwan (Amer) no less –, plus the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge at Toulouse (Gr3 PA). Nectarine Al Maury (Baroud III), the great grandam, generated No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy), a ten times Group PA winner and renowned Shadwell sire based at the Haras de Saint-Faust. Nectarine Al Maury is also the great grandam of No Problem Al Maury (Dormane). The latter proved successful in the President of the UAE Cup Malazgirt Trophy (Gr1 PA). This is the much heralded line of Nevada II (Djanor).























Al Hanoof





Pesennaia 48








Saint Laurent










Nacrée Al Maury






Baroud III



Nectarine Al Maury







First 1,000m: 1’09’’73

1,000m to 600m: 31’’79

600m to 400m: 13’’83

400m to 200m: 13’’02

Final 200m: 13’’54

Time: 2’21’’91


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

1st        LADY PRINCESS (56) F3

General & Nacrée Al Maury, by Kesberoy

Owner: S. Al Kuwari

Breeders: E.A.R.L. Champ Gignoux & Miss E. Bellaud

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: C. Soumillon

2nd       MEETHAG (56) F3

Dahor de Brugère & Al Nachmiya, by Azadi

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Cabre

3rd       ARTÉMIS (56) F3

Azadi & Ocyrrhoé, by Al Nasr

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

Breeders: Haseg & H.M. Al Ghatani

Trainer: Mrs J.-F. Bernard

Jockey: J.-B. Eyquem

Arqana, Saint-Cloud, vente de pur-sang arabes 2018, 2ans, € 130.000, Saubouas (bought back)

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Salma Nour Grine, Min'ha, Al Efreeta, Um Taj, Mzoon, Qamriyah, Mon'nia, Dahra, Piccola Py & Aya Taouy.

All ran (13).

(Turf) Very Soft. 2'21"91. Distances: 3/4 - 5 - 7 1/2.