DOHA (QAT), 25th February 2017

Gr. I PA, 4yos+, 2,400m, $1,000,000

Al Mourtajez (Dahess) will not be the first horse to win the Doha Triple Crown. At the end of February, in the Emir’s Sword (Gr. I PA), the Al Shaqab Racing owned horse was defeated, taking the third place behind the 4yo Ebraz (Amer) and Tayf (Amer). Once again, it is the Al Shahania owned and Julian Smart trained horses that win this beautiful event, but not with the one which was expected, the title holder, Gazwan (Amer). Ebraz, as a 4yo, only had to carry 52 kilos, which also acted in his favour. Cantering behind the first ones, he dominated surely Tayf and Al Mourtajez, who had taken the lead in the opposite straight, but without pulling.

Julian Smart said: “Everybody talked about Gazwan, but Ebraz is a superstar! We should see him in Europe this summer.”

Easy winner of the Derby at the end of December, Tayf was courageous to take the second place from Al Mourtajez. Alban de Mieulle told us: “Tayf runs very well, he has no excuses. The winner only had 52 kilos, which is a true advantage. We had beaten him with our 4yo Yazeed last time, but a slight issue made us change our program and not run the great race with him. That’s what races are about…” Thomas Fourcy did not find any excuses either for Al Mourtajez and said: “The horse was defeated there isn’t much to say. He already gave us so much that we can't hold grudges. For the rest of his career, his owner will decide…”

Ebraz was bred by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani. His dam, Massamarie, bred by Jean-Marc de Watrigant, won the Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes at Chantilly. She gave three Group I PA winners, including Mu’Azzaz and Mared Al Sahra.

The famous Mandore family

Son of Massamarie (Tidjani), Ebraz is out of a famous French family, the one of Mandore (Grabiec). Massamarie won three races in Qatar. And then produced horses like Mared Al Sahra GB (Amer), winner of six races including the Emir’s Sword (Gr. I PA) and now stands as a stallion, but also Mu’Azzaz GB (Amer), who won eight races including the Shadwell Dubai International Stakes (Gr. I PA), or more recently Metrag (Amer), winner of the Grand Prix de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI (Gr. III PA) in November at Casablanca. The second dam of Ebraz, Margau (Manganate) is the full sister to champions like Dormane and Djendel. She gave birth to Santhal (Djebbel), who won six races including the Al Maktoum Challenge Round III (Gr. I PA) at Meydan. Margau is the second dam of another winner of the Emir’s Sword (Gr. I PA), Assy QA (Amer), first horse born and bred in Qatar to win the race. Like Ebraz, he already wore Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s silks and promoted the training of Julian Smart.