QATAR ARABIAN WORLD CUP - The class of Ebraz speaks loud and clear


QATAR ARABIAN WORLD CUP - The class of Ebraz speaks loud and clear


Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m (1 1/4m) - € 1,000,000

Julian Smart had marked everyone’s card. As his protégé Ebraz (Amer) had shown a different side to his character after delivering a power-packed punch from which there was no recall once the horse had seized the initiative at Goodwood during the summer. After initially bringing up the rear in the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA), the representative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani again showed his class by storming past the rest of the peloton. After successive third places in 2017 and 2018, the horse finally broke the ice in the big race.

The best horse emerges triumphant. Masshur Al Khalediah (Jalnar Al Khalidiah) set the tempo whereas Ebraz sat at the back of the pack, and he was travelling with a double handful as the field approached the straight. Maxime Guyon, having delayed his challenge on Ebraz, then called upon his mount for his effort and the combination made rapid headway to draw upsides the leaders. The author of a decisive finishing burst, Ebraz accounted for the high class Khataab (Amer), as the 2018 second again had to settle for the silver medal spot. Masshur Al Khalediah held on for third whereas Tayf (Amer) and Yazeed (Munjiz) respectively filled fourth and fifth. Maxime Guyon said: "The horse deserved that and he proved himself to be a truly top notch performer. Two to three years ago, I won this race on Gazwan for the same yard, but Ebraz went close on that occasion. However, this year he has proved to be a cut above his rivals. Ebraz had never raced on such ground which explains why I gave him an ‘unhurried’ ride. His turn of foot enabled him to overcome the lack of pace."

Looking ahead to 2020. Julian Smart has trained five winners of the Qatar Arabian World Cup to date, and it will be very difficult to surpass that milestone. The handler said: "We have specifically targeted this race. Furthermore, I’m very lucky to be able to train PA horses of such exceptional quality, and ones which are bred by Sheikh Mohammed. The fact that the horse bypassed the prep race for this event was certainly a plus, as the gap between the two races is a mere three weeks. Ebraz won the The Amir Sword (Gr1 PA) as a four-year-old.  As a general rule, I don’t tend to train horses which are that precocious. However, he is going to be even better as he gets older. He has just won the world’s top PA prize as a six-year-old, and so why shouldn’t he be able to repeat that success next season?"

Achieving an unprecedented treble. Julian Smart added:  "Gazwan (Amer), a living legend in his own right, hadn’t achieved as much when he was the same age. This year, Ebraz has achieved an incredible feat by becoming the first PA horse to achieve an unprecedented treble by successively landing the Amir Sword (2,400m) at Doha, yhe Qatar International Stakes (Gr1 PA, 1,600m) at Goodwood in the summer, plus the Qatar Arabian World Cup (2,000m) in the autumn. That’s a trio of races run in three different distances and in as many countries – without forgetting the travel factor. Clearly, a horse of exceptional quality is needed to achieve this." Ebraz will embark on a stallion career in the future, but the breeders won’t have forgotten his combination of speed and stamina – a rare quality among the PA breed. This Sunday marked the horse’s sixth Gr1 PA success. The horse’s owner-breeder, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, was winning the race for the fifth time: a milestone also achieved by the winning trainer Julian Smart. That’s a record and no breeding operation has been able to dominate the competition to such an extent.

Khataab again makes his mark. Thomas Fourcy, the trainer of Khataab, said: "We’ve a few regrets as Jérôme Cabre got involved in a bit of a barging match with the winner, when he was looking for racing room at the beginning of the straight, but that’s racing. Granted an easier passage during the race, the outcome could have been different. However, we were left with no choice as the horse needs to be ridden patiently from the back of the pack. However, we are nevertheless delighted for Khataab as he has had serious health issues and so has raced very little. This has been the overriding objective since last year. In order to compensate for his setbacks, he needs to be firing on all cylinders so as to achieve this level of performance. He’s no ordinary horse and we will perhaps rough him off until next year, and with a view to following a similar path."

Mashhur Al Khalediah performs above expectations.  Philip Collington, the trainer of the third, Mashhur Al Khalediah, said: "The horse ran a blinder. He doesn’t necessarily have to make the running, but I had told the jockey to do this if there was no pace. He rode a very tidy race. I’m not surprised by the way he performed – even if we were thinking more in terms of finishing either fourth or fifth. It’s possible that the horse could head to Abu Dhabi at the end of November. However, we do need to be invited for this particular event."

Massamarie delivers twice at PA Gr1 level in as many days. Bred by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Ebraz is a son of the exceptional broodmare Massamarie (Tidjani).  Her daughter Raahah (Asraa Min Albarq) won the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr1 PA) at ParisLongchamp 24 hours earlier. She has also generated 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). All are by the stallion Amer (Wafi).

Ebraz is a grandson of Margau (Manganate) and the latter is a full sister to the highly influential sire Dormane (Manganate) and the crack performer Djendel (Manganate). She, in turn, was the dam of the classy performer, Santhal (Djebbel), whose six successes included the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr1 PA). The great grandam is none other than Mandore (Grabiec), the great mare we readily associate with the de Watrigant breeding academy.


































































First 1,000m: 1’14’’03

1,000m to 600m: 26’’37

600m to 400m: 13’’78

400m to 200m: 13’’14

Final 200m: 13’’56

Final Time: 2’20’’88



Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m - € 1,000,000

1st        EBRAZ (58) H6

Amer & Massamarie, by Tidjani

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

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

Trainer: J. Smart

Jockey: M. Guyon

2nd       KHATAAB (58) H7

Amer & Djelana, by Al Sakbe

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Breeder: A. de Mieulle

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Cabre

3rd       MASHHUR AL KHALEDIAH (58) H5

Jalnar Al Khalidiah & Amerah Al Khalediah, byAmer

Owner: Athbah Racing KSA

Breeder: Al Khalediah Stables

Trainer: P. Collington

Jockey: J.-B. Eyquem

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Tayf, Yazeed, Deryan, Salam Al Khalediah, Rodess du Loup, Marid, General Lady & Ahzar.

 Tous couru (11).

(Turf) Soft. 2'20"88. Distances: 3/4 - 1 1/4 - 1 1/4.