FOUR-YEAR-OLD EYECATCHERS - Nalink, the sale topper at the PA 2018 sales, impresses on his debut

30.03.2020

FOUR-YEAR-OLD EYECATCHERS - Nalink, the sale topper at the PA 2018 sales, impresses on his debut

The flattering reputation of Nalink (Amer) preceded him and, consequently, he started favourite on his introduction at Toulouse on March 9th. This is invariably something worth noting as a debutant was rubbing shoulders with previously raced horses. In a race in which the initial tempo was hardly taxing, the Thomas Fourcy runner was soon at the head of affairs, whereas Jugurtha de Monlau (Al Mamun Monlau) raced freely while keeping the leader company. The future winner maintained his momentum up front on a track described as sticky, although the pace could hardly be described as strong. On hitting the straight, Julien Augé had clearly yet to ask his mount a serious question, in marked contrast to his rivals which were all being scrubbed along. Nalink was undaunted by the efforts of his rivals and he made all for a cosy win. Fellow debutant Hattal (Mahabb) was beaten a length into second. Racing for the fourth time, Jugurtha de Monlau was over five lengths further away in third.

What Nalink has going for him. The previous five winners of the Prix Warda - Jean-François Bernard all subsequently achieved podium finishes at PA Group level, with four

coming in Gr1 PA class and namely: Ibn Gadir (third in the UK Arabian Derby, Gr1 PA), Bandar (Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3, Gr1 PA), Mehdaaf Athbah (second in the Qatar Arabian World Cup and the Coupe d'Europe des Chevaux Arabes, Grs1 PA), and Mahess du Soleil (Shadwell Arabian Derby, Gr1 PA). However, this quartet all boasted prior racecourse experience before winning at Toulouse, but the reverse was true of the previously unraced Nalink on this Monday card. The manner of his victory gains added kudos as he beat more experienced rivals.

An Omani owner shows his ambition. Nalink cost €100,000 at the 2018 Saint-Cloud

October, having been knocked down to Saad Suhail Al Mukhaini Bahwan and Jean-Pierre Deroubaix, after forming part of the Haras de Saint-Faust consignment. The colt was the sale topper at this auction. Jean-Pierre Deroubaix said: "Saad Suhail Al Mukhaini Bahwan is an Omani. He’s one of my clients and his intention is to set up a racing stable in France. He races horses in Oman, but he’s intent on broadening his horizons abroad which will amount to a learning curve for him. France seemed the logical next step as it’s the top European nation when it comes to the husbandry of PA horses. Thomas Fourcy was chosen as the colt’s trainer on the recommendation of his Omani trainer, and the colt was sent to Oman after the Arqana sales. The lack of Omani racing opportunities for a young three-year-old, blessed with such potential and pedigree, prompted a rethink and he was sent back to France. Nalink isn’t the owner’s sole French purchase."

A grandson of Naiada Al Maury. Nalink hails from the excellent breeding academy of Marie-Claude Biaudis. He’s the first foal of the mare Nalika (Dormane), unplaced on her only career start. After foaling Nalink, the mare’s subsequent offerings proved to be colts by Munjiz (Kesberoy) and Al Mourtajez (Dahess). The grandam Naiada Al Maury (Baroud III) generated Nirwan (Dormane) (Maktoum Challenge R2, Gr1 PA) and President Cup, Gr1 PA); Noreen (Dormane) (Hatta International Stakes, Gr1 PA); plus the excellent Nez d’Or (Dormane), whose roll of honour included the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (Gr1 PA) and the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA). A total of 14 black type performers have Naiada Al Maury in either the first or second removes of their pedigree, including Mkeefa (whose three Gr1 PA wins comprised the Qatar Arabian World Cup); Chaddad (Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Gr1 PA); plus Rajeh (Prix Manganate & Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Gr1s PA). This is the line of Nevada II (Djanor) and she is none other than the dam of the renowned sire Chéri Bibi (Baroud III).