ABU DHABI (UAE), 4th March 2018

Gr. II PA - 5 year olds and over - 1,400m - € 63,833

Jean de Roüalle is currently having a remarkable run with His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s horses. Thanks to Ziyadd (Bibi de Carrère), who won on the 1st March in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round III (Gr. I PA), he now has one of the favourites for the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr. I PA) in his stable. At the beginning of March, his protégé Rmmas (Mahabb) won the Liwa Oasis and could line up in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown at the end of next year.

The "FR" in the first two places

In the race led by Hamza (Al Nasr), the eventual winner raced mid-division on the outside. His jockey had to be patient. He came smoothly up through the middle of the field before joining Bon Baiser de Faust (Madjani) to battle it out for the victory in the straight. Rmmas produced a burst of speed to have the final word and passed the post with a lead of less than a length. The talented Baiser de Faust, bred by Jean-Paul and Gérard Larrieu, finished second.

A second Group, with 2019 in mind

Richard Mullen, the winning jockey, commented to the press: "Fair play to the horse because drawn nine in a big competitive field like that is never ideal. He won nicely here over 1,200 meters last time but that was from a nice low draw whereas today we were out wider. That is now three wins for the horse from just four UAE starts and, trip wise, he seems very versatile. I imagine that will be his last race of the campaign and, fingers crossed, he will be an exciting sort for next season. » Jean de Roüalle elaborated to the local press: "Rmmas improves with each race. Perhaps the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown - Gr. I PA, in eight months' time, could be an objective for him. He deserves to be running at this level." Rmmas began his racing career in France, trained by Didier Guillemin. In France, he was second in a Listed but never managed to finish in the money at Group level. Since his arrival in the Emirates, all that has changed. He won in the dirt on just his second start. His third run, in the  Al Ruwais (Gr. III PA), was his first success at Group level.

A great family developed by Sheikh Mansoor

Rmmas was bred in France and comes from one of the best pedigrees in Sheikh Mansoor’s breeding operation. He is the full brother to Joudh (Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes & Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy, Grs I PA), Mabrooka (Qatar Coupe de France des Chevaux Arabes, Gr. I PA) and Rakha (Liwa Oasis, Gr. I PA). Their dam, Shamayl (Kesberoy), has produced six black type horses. The second dam, Kâline du Loup (Djouras Tu), is also the dam of Câlin de Louve (Djelfor) who won the Arabian Jockey Club Derby and the Arabian Cup Stakes (Grs I PA). The branch of the Nevada II (Djanor) bloodline was developed by Jean-Marc Saphores, for whom she produced Chéri Bibi (Baroud III).

ABU DHABI (UAE), 4th March 2018


Gr. II PA - 5 years olds and over - 1,400m - AED 300,000

1st        RMMAS (57) H5

Mahabb & Shamayl

Owner: Yas Horse Racing Management

Breeder: Sheikh M. Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Trainer: Roüalle

Jockey: R. Mullen

2nd       BON BAISER DE FAUST (57) H7

Madjani & Orphe du Clos

Owner: Sheikh H. Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Breeder: Haras de Saint-Faust

Trainer: D. Watson

Jockey: .m Crowley

3rd       RB TORCH (57) H7

Th Richie & Burnie Gee PW

Owner: H.H Sheikh K. Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Breeder: D. Waldron

Trainer: É. Lemartinel

Jockey: T. O’Shea

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Hamza, Mirna, Sharaf Al Reef, Af Sanad, Foaad, Al Bashtoon, Rb So Rich, Babel d’Aillas, Muzahim, Uptown Dannys Boy, Aziz Al Shahania & Sivit Al Maury.

Ran (15) - Non Runner (s): RB Smokin Rich

(Turf) – 1’30’’70 - Distances: ½ - 1 - Nk