A Michèle Viguie bred PA horse goes to the head of the class in Morocco
In the aftermath of the International Race Meeting at Casablanca, the Moroccan racing press published the ratings of the local handicappers, which revealed that the two top rated PA horses trained in the Kingdom are both French-breds. This came to light after both Kerchera (Kerbella) and Fawzi Al Mels (Baseq Al Khalediah) were each credited with a rating of 47 by the handicappers of SOREC (Société Royale d’Encouragement).
The 4-year-old Fawzi Al Mels, born in the South-West of France chez Michèle Viguie, was third in the Grand Prix de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI (Gr3 PA). After setting up shop in the Lot region with her husband, Michèle Viguie, somewhat of a colourful character, became a well-known personality in the local area. Breeding is in the blood of the lady farmer, whose first forays in this sector revolved around showjumpers and ponies, and which resulted in a certain success. However, it’s as a breeder of PA horses that this concern was to hit the heights. All the offspring from this breeding operation are descended from a single ‘mainstay’ mare, Hamana (Goumri). Born in 1984, the latter began her career in the paddocks with Roger Guery, before being acquired by the Viguie husband and wife team. Hamana is notably the dam of Farouk Al Mels (Dormane), whose ten wins included the Qatar Cup. Listing all the winners of this family would be difficult, but one can cite the below examples, and this list is by no means exhaustive. Iska Al Mels (Dormane) won 11 races including the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr2 PA), in addition to finishing third in the Abu Dhabi Championship and The President Cup (Gr1s PA); Djebelia Al Mels (Dahess) landed the Prix Nefta (Gr2 PA) and was second in the Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1 PA); Timadit Al Mels (Tidjani) was second in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 and the National Day Cup, and boasts a third in the Kahayla Classic (Gr1s PA); whereas the seven ‘Moroccan’ wins of Hiba Al Mels (Nashwan Al Khalidiah) include the Prix Al Karaouiyne and the Mansour Dahbi (L PA)…
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