QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES JUMENTS - POULICHES 4ANS: LADY PRINCESS: A FILLY THAT RISES TO EVERY OCCASION

03.11.2020

QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES JUMENTS - POULICHES 4ANS: LADY PRINCESS: A FILLY THAT RISES TO EVERY OCCASION

PARISLONGCHAMP (FR), OCTOBER 3rd, 2020

Gr1 PA - 4-year-old fillies - 2,000m (10f) - €100,000

At the halfway stage of the ParisLongchamp feature and with the track riding heavy, Lady Princess (General) gave her supporters a scare. Despite languishing far off the pace, she still managed to stamp her class on the Gr1 PA race after showing exceptional powers of acceleration. Very small in stature, the Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari-owned runner clearly has an engine worthy of the very best!

Having a big heart pays dividends. Ryme Al Cham (Af Albahar) set the tempo but it came as no surprise when she weakened in mid-stretch before eventually finishing fourth. Almost tailed off at one point, Lady Princess was also hampered at the beginning of the straight. Undaunted, she eventually outclassed the opposition at the business end after scoring by a length: a margin which isn’t a true reflection of her superiority. Um Taj (Al Mamun Monlau) and Meethag (Dahor de Brugère) were second and third. This isn’t the first time that Lady Princess has acted the goat on leaving the stalls. However, the filly’s travails were far from over, and these caused her connections to literally sweat buckets! Christophe Soumillon said: "The filly sat down in the starting stalls and missed the break. Despite this, I had no desire to hurry her. I was fully aware that she was quicker than her opponents. So I preferred to sacrifice a bit of ground with the aim of getting her to relax at the back of the field. We received a small bump at the beginning of the straight but, when I asked her to quicken, she proved impressive."

One, two, three, four… Fourcy! The Royan trainer swept the board as his quartet filled the first four places. He said: "It’s incredible as I hadn’t banked on my runners filling the first four places, particularly as Artemis (Azadi) was in the field. This marks a first for me in

a Gr1 PA race. Lady Princess has such a big heart. Good Arabian horses are capable of excelling themselves. Phlegmatic by nature, she can really knuckle down to her task when asked…and is an extraordinary filly. Christophe Soumillon was happy enough. She’s a very small filly but one proves to be much better than her opponents! It’s been an incredible weekend. Yesterday, I won the two Gr1 PA races for the breed at Saint-Cloud, and today I’ve also landed this race. Last year, I had some superb PA 3-year-olds in the yard. So everything has fallen into place with this particular generation this year. Given that they haven’t raced much owing to lockdown, they’re relatively fresh horses."

Out to become one of a kind.  Only one French PA-trained horse, and for this read the crack performer Al Mourtajez (Dahess), has been capable of beating the local runners in the Amir Sword (Gr1 PA), the race that every Qatari dreams of winning. Lady Princess will be out to become the first French PA filly to land this event. As a 3-year-old (2019), she became the first filly to complete the Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy (beating the colts) - Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA) double. Gérard Larrieu acquired Lady Princess from her previous owner, Lisa Deymonaz, after the filly opened her account in impressive fashion at Toulouse. The Chantilly Bloodstock supremo has also managed to acquire Hadi de Carrère (Nieshan), the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr1 PA) victor, for the same client. He said (October 3rd): "Over a period of four to five years, we’ve been acquiring the best PA horses, and Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari has increased his budget to this end. When I come across a good PA horse, my aim is to buy it on his behalf. The filly is exceptional. Although small, she has a lot of depth. Occasionally you come across a phenomenal talent. Her breeding page is exceptional. In fact, everything about her is exceptional. As things stand, she will be aimed at the top Qatari races in common with Hadi de Carrère. It’s really great that these two horses have won at Gr1 PA level on consecutive days. When you have a champion, it’s really something to savour. Whatever the breed or the type of racing, it applies across the board." Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari’s horses have often dominated the big races for English thoroughbreds, but he has yet to have a PA horse capable of taking on the horses owned by the ‘Sheikhs’ in the elite races for the breed. These races are the crème de la crème of the Doha scene.

Lady Princess does her breeders proud.  The filly is the proud and joy of her breeders, Élodie and Bruno Bellaud. The latter soon made his mark thanks to the successes of the mare Nacrée Al Maury (Kesberoy), who was acquired ‘chez’ Renée-Laure Koch. Lisa and Pierre Deymonaz, with Paul Basquin in tow, bought Lady Princess as a foal when she was at the breeding establishment of Bruno Bellaud. The filly was subsequently sent to the Haras du Saubouas, where she was reared and broken-in, before undergoing the pre-training process.  Lady Princess is a daughter of General (Amer), a stallion resident at the Haras du Grand Courgeon, and she was the sire’s first French Gr1 PA winner. The dam, Nacrée Al Maury, won the Prix Damas (Gr3 PA). Her first product, Mister Ginoux (Amer), the Al Shaqab Racing sire, is currently in residence at the Haras de Thouars. The winner of five races, the now stallion made his mark in the Qatar International Trophy (Gr1 PA), the Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr2 PA) (beating Gazwan no less) (Amer), and the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge at Toulouse (Gr3 PA). Mister Ginoux is proving to be a very good sire – if his first crop of 3-year-olds is anything to go by.

Nectarine Al Maury (Baroud III), the grandam, has produced No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy), the winner of ten Group PA races and a successful Shadwell sire based at the Haras de Saint-Faust. Nectarine Al Maury is also the grandam of No Problem Al Maury (Dormane), the winner of the President of the UAE Cup Malazgirt Trophy (Gr1 PA). This is the line of the great Nevada II.

 

 

 

Wafi

 

 

Amer

 

 

 

 

Bushra

 

General

 

 

 

 

 

Manganate

 

 

Al Hanoof

 

 

 

 

Pesennaia 48

LADY PRINCESS (F4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Laurent

 

 

Kesberoy

 

 

 

 

Keiba

 

Nacrée Al Maury

 

 

 

 

 

Baroud III

 

 

Nectarine Al Maury

 

 

 

 

Nevadour


THE RACE SEEN AGAINST THE CLOCK

THE SECTIONAL TIMES

First 1,000m: 1’21’’61

1,000m to 600m: 27’’12

600m to 400m: 14’’06

400m to 200m: 12’’92

Final 200m: 13’’90

Time: 2’29’’61

PARISLONGCHAMP (FRA), 3rd OCTOBER

QATAR ARABIAN TROPHY DES JUMENTS

Gr1 - 4-year-olds - Females - 2,000m- - €100,000

1st        LADY PRINCESS (58) F4

            (General & Nacrée Al Maury, by Kesberoy)

Owner: S. Al Kuwari
Breeder: E.A.R.L. Champ Gignoux

            Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: C. Soumillon

2nd       UM TAJ (58) F4

            (Al Mamun Monlau & Dyala, by Amer)

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing

            Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: A. Crastus

3rd       MEETHAG (58) F4

            (Dahor de Brugère & Al Nachmiya, by Azadi)

            Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing

Trainer: T. Fourcy
Jockey: J. Cabre

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Ryme Al Cham, Qamriyah, Artémis, Almajdah, Min'ha, L'Eau Enchantée & Miss Boum Al Maury.

All ran (10).

(Turf) 2'29"61. Distances:1 - 3/4 - NECK.