DEAUVILLE (FRA), 14th May 2017

Gr. I PA - 4yos+ - 2,000m - € 100,000

Returning to competition after six months off, Muraaqib (Munjiz) won the fourth Group 1 PA race of his career. He’s only been beaten once in seven starts, and he is now set for a dual with Al Mourtajez (Dahess).

An easier win than it seemed

Muraaqib settled along the rail, just behind the pace-setting Mehdaaf Athbah (Amer). He moved off the rail to challenge 350 meters from home and quickly put the leader behind him, then started to idle. But jockey Francois-Xavier Bertras quickly got his horse’s focus back on the race and he passed the post a neck in front of second-placed Mehdaaf Athbah, a distance that didn’t reflect Muraaqib’s superiority. The pair finished four lengths clear of the rest of the field, led by Prada T (Djendel), who battled hard for third. Bertas said of the winning horse: “He was running back from a long layoff, so maybe he was missing a bit of work. He’s not a horse who will win by 10 lengths. We already saw that at Newbury – he does just what he needs to win because he always stops a bit when he hits the front.”

Setting up a dual of champions in Chantilly

Winner of the Al Rayyan Cup Prix Kesberoy and the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains at three, Muraaqib also won in England last season in the Shadwell Dubai International Stakes (Group I PA). His trainer, Francois Rohaut, said: “He has everything going for him, and he’s grown up without too many miles on the clock. He’s at the top of his game. We made the choice to not run against Al Mourtajez when he was four because it would have been too soon. I hope that Handassa (Madjiani) will be ready for Newbury this summer and we hope to beat the Qataris in Goodwood. I think that a distance of 1,600 meters will also suit Muraaqib. He can do anything. Obviously it will be Sheikh Hamdan who decides. I would really like to run Muraaqib against Al Mourtajez. That will most certainly happen in Chantilly. We would really know then who is the better of the two. It’s the spirit of selection and competition.”

Mehdaad Athbah a good second

With blinkers back on and Pierre-Charles Boudot in the saddle, Mehdaad Athbah did all the heavy lifting in front and was only beaten at the post. Philippe Sogorb, his trainer, explained: “I’m very happy with him. He came up against a very good horse. My colt has come on a lot since his comeback race, and he’s getting stronger. His objective remains the Arc for Purebred Arabians, and before that, he will certainly run at Newbury in July and then run a prep race in one of the big French races in September.”

The last year of racing for Prada T

Gerard Zoetelief, the trainer of the courageous Prada T, confided: “She was third and that’s pretty good against a field of this quality. She was the only filly in the race. She’s very small, but she’s also one of the best! Everything that’s little is cute, and in any case, I love pretty girls! I take her driving on the beach at my place in Holland. It’s good training to develop endurance. I’m not sure where she’ll run next. She might run again in France and then go to Goodwood at the beginning of August before coming back to Chantilly in September. Next year, she’ll go to breeding at my farm, just like her dam, who I also bred.”

The brother of Barnamaj

Muraaqib was bred by Shadwell. Like his brother, Munjiz (Kesberoy), he is trained by François Rohaut. The Pau-based trainer has never hid his esteem for the Kesberoy (Saint Laurent) colt. Muraaqib is a daughter of Tashreefat (Bengali d’Albret), and he is the most successful product of the mare so far. She also produced Barnamaj (No Risk Al Maury), who was third in the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge - Poulains (Group III PA). His breeding goes back to one of the oldest lines in France, that of Fleur d’Avril, who was a foundation mare of the French stud book. The complete history of this line can be found in number 37 of The French Purebred Arabian. To read it, click here.


To see the race :

   Saint Laurent
   Zt Ali Baba
  Unchainedd Melody 
   Blu Bint Haleema
   Chéri Bibi
  Bengali d'Albret 
   Mangalie d'Albret

The President Of The UAE Cup - Coupe d'Europe des Chevaux Arabes, 14th May 2017

Gr. I PA - 4 year olds and up - 2,000m - € 100,000

1st        MURAAQIB (59,5) C5

Munjiz & Tashreefat

O.: Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum

B.: Shadwell France Snc

T.: F. Rohaut

J.: F.-X. Bertras

2nd       MEHDAAF ATHBAH (59,5) C5

Amer & Keen Game

  1. & B.: Athbah Stud Limited

T.: P. Sogorb

J.: P.-C. Boudot

3rd       PRADA T (57,5) F6

Djendel & Pascha Z

  1. & B.: G. Zoetelief

T.: G. Zoetelief

J.: A. Hamelin

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Khataab, Al Mouwaffak, Lightning Bolt & Sha'hir.

All ran (7). (Turf) Soft. 2'24"48. Distances: NK - 4 - SHT HD.