DOHA CUP - PRIX MANGANATE - RAJEH REDISCOVERS HIS MOJO AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

03.10.2018

DOHA CUP - PRIX MANGANATE - RAJEH REDISCOVERS HIS MOJO AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

DEAUVILLE (FRA), 11th August 2018

Gr. I PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m - € 50,000

Rajeh (Jaafer Asf) resumed winning ways in the Doha Cup - Prix Manganate (Gr. I PA). The representative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani was fitted in blinkers for the very first time in this Group I PA event and they certainly did the trick. After bringing up the rear for much of the race in which Motrag (Amer) set the tempo, Rajeh made good headway in the final bend following a three wide trip in which he had plenty of cover. Showing a neat turn of foot in the straight, he drew upsides Rodess du Loup (Dahess) before outpointing that rival by three-quarters of a length, Taymour (Mahabb) was a further three-quarters of a length away in third as the four-year-olds dominated.

TO WATCH THE RACE REPLAY

THE QATAR ARABIAN WORLD CUP PROJECT ON HOLD?

Rajeh is hardly an unknown quantity and, as a three-year-old, he was unbeaten in three starts. He showed his rivals a clean pair of heels in the Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr. I PA) and, on that basis, cemented his position as the top three-year-old. His 2018 season has not been as straight forward now that he is facing older horses. He has also had to learn to dig deep and battle. Second in the Prix Dormane (Gr. III PA) on his return, he was coming off a fourth place in the Qatar Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4 ans (Gr.I PA). On that occasion, Rajeh ran on well in the straight although he probably could have finished second.

His trainer François Rohaut, said : "We were very disappointed last time out. On seeing a film of the race, we noticed that he was a little bit of a rascal and needed to apply himself to the task in hand. So we equipped him with blinkers. Everything was easy for him last year but, in 2018, ‘fighting’ qualities are essential. He was the top three-year-old in 2017 and has now gone to the top of the class as a four-year-old. I’m not sure whether he will be aimed at the ‘big race’ at ParisLongchamp. For his owners have many good horses in training. He is also a four-year-old and we can think in terms of the Qatar Arabian World Cup next year. We will need to get together and discuss this.  I believe that the current four-year-old generation is a vintage one. He needs time to mature and does everything on raw ability. He could be aimed at the Qatar Prix Dragon and, after this, we will decide what to do next. »

RODESS DU LOUP SEALS HIS PASSAGE FOR DONCASTER

Rodess du Loup et Rajeh were meeting for the fifth time on August 11th and the latter is ahead on the scoreboard. The Charles Gourdain runner lost no caste in defeat and he certainly gave his archrival plenty to think about in the Doha Cup, as it was only in the dying stages that his rival got on top. He has British ambitions and his trainer Charles Gourdain said: "He ran well and this race was a stepping stone to the Four-Year-Old Derby at Doncaster. I’m happy with the way he performed and how he responded during the race. The jockey said that he hit a flat spot in the turn, but, on the whole, he had a good race and there is nothing really more to be said."

TAYMOUR THE LEAST EXPERIENCED BUT…

Taymour was the least experienced runner in the Doha Cup - Prix Manganate field, as this Group I PA event marked only his fourth racecourse appearance. The Yas Horse Racing Management runner was coming off a win in The Shadwell - Coupe du Sud-Ouest des Pur-Sang Arabes (Gr. III PA), and he was taking a big step-up in class. However, he finished within half a length of the winner and proved that he belongs in the grade. He also has scope for improvement.

His trainer, Antoine de Watrigant, said : "It’s perfect and nothing more really needs to be said. Even if  you are always hoping for a better outcome. He performed to a good standard and I am going to mull matters over with his racing manager and owner regarding future plans. However, subject to him making a good recovery and showing that he can build on this, my inclination is that he could head directly to the Qatar Arabian World Cup. Taking into account what he has to offer, I would say that this is a good option. You need to embrace the big occasion such as big race on the Arc de Triomphe weekend with few races under your belt."

JAAFER ASF AND HIS EXCELLENT STATS

Rajeh is an Al Shahania protégé and is part of a ‘first generation’ of horses born at the Haras des Cruchettes, under the aegis of Thierry de Chambord. He is a son of the homebased and multiple Group I PA winning sire Jaafer Asf (Amer). The Emir’s Sword and the Dubai Kahayla Classic were among his big wins. Jaafer Asf has only had three French runners to date and all are proven at black type level! He is the sire of Shabih Alreeh: successful in the Qatar Guineas and third in the Group I PA Qatar International Cup. He has also sired Goumih: third in the Group I PA Qatar Total Arabian Trophy des Poulains. Jaafer Asf undertakes his covering duties at the Haras de Thouars. Rajeh is the best product of his dam, Nelka (Tidjani), who has also produced another winner for the François Rohaut stable, Nakador (Dormane), but at a lower level. The granddam, Naiada Al Maury (Baroud III), was also a hit at stud and produced those good performers: Nirwan (Dormane), the winner of the Maktoum Challenge Round II and The President Cup (Gr. Is PA); plus Noreen (Dormane who made his mark in the Hatta International Stakes (Gr. I PA). This is the line of Nevada II (Djanor) who is none other than the dam of the sire Chéri Bibi (Baroud III).

 

 

 

Wafi

 

 

Amer

 

 

 

 

Bushra

 

Jaafer Asf

 

 

 

 

 

Manganate

 

 

Madjela

 

 

 

 

Mandore 

RAJEH (C4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flipper

 

 

Tidjani

 

 

 

 

Managhi

 

Nelka

 

 

 

 

 

Baroud III

 

 

Naiada Al Maury

 

 

 

 

Nevadour


DEAUVILLE (FRA), 11th August 2018

DOHA CUP- PRIX MANGANATE

Gr. I PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m - € 50,000

1st           RAJEH (56) C4

                Jaafer Asf & Nelka

                Owner: H.H. Kh. Bin Mohammed Al Thani

                Breeder: Al Shahania Stud

                Trainer: F. Rohaut

                Jockey: F.-X. Bertras

2nd          RODESS DU LOUP (56) C4

                Dahess & Aurore du Loup

                Owner: K.-H. Al Attiyah

                Breeder:  J.-M. Saphores

                Trainer: C. Gourdain

                Jockey: C. Soumillon

3rd          TAYMOUR (56) C4

                Mahabb & Djezika

                Owner: Yas Horse Racing Manag. LLC

                Breeder: H.H. Sheikh M. Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

                Trainer: A. de Watrigant

                Jockey: M. Guyon

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Khataab, Shahm, Hajres, Motrag & Al Walid.

All ran (8).

(Turf) Good soft. 2'18"14. Distances: 3/4 - 3/4 - nk.