GRAND PRIX DE SA MAJESTÉ LE ROI MOHAMMED VI - Rajeh provides for an armchair ride


GRAND PRIX DE SA MAJESTÉ LE ROI MOHAMMED VI - Rajeh provides for an armchair ride


Gr3 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,100m - DH 1,200,000

The best PA 3-year-old of his generation in France, Rajeh (Jaafer Asf) was among the leading contenders in the Grand Prix de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI (Gr3 PA). A former protégé of François Rohaut, the dual Gr1 PA winner exuded class under Harry Bentley. It was the horse’s fourth PA Group success. Rajeh was coming off a winning return over 1,900m at Doha, having been sidelined for eight months prior to that. After hugging the rail, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani representative was in no danger in the latter stages after drawing eight lengths clear of the younger Ibn Gadir (Mared Al Sahra). The latter is trained by Frédéric Sanchez. Fawzi Al Mels (Baseq Al Khalediah), another to have been born in France, was over three lengths further away in third.

Winning trainer breaks new ground. Mohammad Gassim Ghazali is a familiar face in Qatar, and Rajeh’s win provided him with a first Group success outside the Gulf heartlands. The trainer said: "It’s an honour to represent Qatar in this international event.  It’s also a real feather in my cap as a trainer that a Qatari horse was able to win such a big race. The Grand Prix de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI had been the plan for over a month, and everything went according to plan. The horse had a perfect trip and he didn’t have to force his talent. It’s an amazing feeling to beat the very good horses from the top stables. He’s such an amazing horse and I’m expecting more from him in the future. I would like to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani for giving me the opportunity to train for him. He’s such a great horseman and supporter of the sport!"

Hailing from the first French generation of Al Shahania. Rajeh is a graduate of the Al Shahania breeding academy. He forms part of the first generation of horses to be born at

the Haras des Cruchettes, under the aegis of Thierry de Chambord. He is by Jaafer Asf (Amer), the Al Shahania sire, whose multiple Gr1 PA winning exploits include successes in The Emir’s Sword and the Dubai Kahayla Classic. Jaafer Asf is also the sire of Shabih Alreeh (the winner of the Qatar Guineas and third in the Qatar International Cup (Gr1 PA), and Goumih (third in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Gr1 PA). The particular sire is based in France and is a resident of the Haras de Thouars. Rajeh is the best product to date of his dam Nelka (Tidjani). The latter provided François Rohaut with further success in the form of Nakador (Dormane), but at a lower level. The grandam Naiada Al Maury (Baroud III) has produced classy performers such as Nirwan (Dormane), the winner of the Maktoum Challenge R2 (Gr1 PA) and The President Cup (Gr1 PA), plus Noreen (Dormane). The latter won the Hatta International Stakes (Gr1 PA). This is the line of Nevada II (Djanor), and the latter was none other than the dam of the stallion Chéri Bibi (Baroud III).














Jaafer Asf






































Baroud III



Naiada Al Maury







Gr3 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,100m - Dh 1,200,000

1st        RAJEH (H5)

Jaafer Asf & Nelka, by Tidjani

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

Breeder: Al Shahania Stud

Trainer: G. Ghazali

Jockey: H. Bentley

2nd       IBN GADIR (C4)    

Mared Al Sahra & Gadir Asf, by Parador

Owner: Yas Horse Racing Management

Breeder: E.A.R.L. Haras de Mandore

Trainer: F. Sanchez

Jockey: I. Mendizabal

3rd       FAWZI AL MELS (H6)

Baseq Al Khalediah & Samia Al Mels, by Djouras Tu

Owner: Fal Stud

Breeder: Mrs M. Viguié

Trainer: S. Coerette

Jockey: T. Zergane

Distances: 8, 3 1/2.