THE WORD OF AFAC - AFAC members make their mark throughout the world
The results obtained by horses bearing the imprint of AFAC members have been very much in evidence, and particularly during the course of the big international meeting in Qatar. Those achieved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s horses proved to be outstanding, as his Al Shahania Stud made it six wins in three days. However, one must particularly underline the victories of two PA horses trained by Julian Smart, Methgal (TM Fred Texas) in the Qatar International Cup (Gr1 PA), and Ebraz (Amer) in the H.H. The Amir Sword (Gr1 PA). Lady Princess (General), trained by Thomas Fourcy for Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari, made her class tell in the H.H. The Amir Silver Sword. She was bred by Bruno and Élodie Bellaud under the E.A.R.L. du Champ Ginoux banner. Lady Princess accounted for her stablemate Emporio (Josco du Cayrou). The latter hails from the yard of Robert Litt and carries the colours of Abdulla Mohammed Al Attiya. Ginkeau (Divamer) finished third in the silks of Osama Omer Al Dafea. He was bred by Jean-Pierre Totain (E.A.R.L. du Moulin). The fourth Goingfor Al Baraka (TM Fred Texas) hails from the yard of Charles Gourdain and races for the Al Majd Stud. He was bred by Stéphane Chazel (Cheval Service S.A.S.). The Thomas Fourcy protégé Shalaa (Dahess) was second in the Qatar International Cup (Gr1 PA) in the colours of Sheikha Aldhaby Bint Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani. He was bred by Al Shaqab Racing.
French dominance underpins the 2019 international rankings. IFHAR (International Federation of Arabian Horse Racing Authorities) published its international ratings, which covered the world’s top ranked performers in 2019. Of the 64 PA horses listed, 46 were
French-breds which translates as 72%. It’s an exceptional figure as, in percentage terms, the number of PA foals born in France dips below 70% of the global birth rate. Eight of the top 10 PA ranked performers have, at same point in their careers, raced in France. It reflects the quality of the French programme when it comes forming young horses, and it further provides the platform for the very best performers to shine on the international stage. The rankings are also a reflection of the quality work undertaken by French professionals, as 26 horses conform to the trained in France label. This stamps France as the top training centre for the world’s elite PA performers. Al Shamoos (No Risk Al Maury), the world’s top distaffer, is a case in point when it comes to French savoir faire. The reasons for this are many, and they reflect the fact that the mare is by a French sire. Furthermore, she is a French-bred trained in her country of origin! Furthermore, the stud farm where her sire is based (Haras de Saint-Faust), the owner of the stallion (Shadwell), the trainer (Charles Gourdain) and breeder (Mohammed Al Nujaifi), all come under the umbrella of AFAC membership!
The IFHAR rankings can be accessed by clicking the link below
Rewarding the men and women that work behind the scenes
The success of the French sector reflects the work undertaken by the thousands of people when it comes to caring for PA horses on a daily basis in our country. Consequently, AFAC will mark the 2020 season by rewarding the travelling groom of the best turned out horses in the ‘premium’ type non sponsored races of the PA French racing calendar. For the men and women which work behind the scenes deserve their moment in the sun.
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