PRESIDENT OF THE UAE CUP - UK ARABIAN DERBY - THE LATEST FRENCH SUCCESS STORY RODESS DU LOUP UNDERPINS CROSS  CHANNEL DOMINATION

03.10.2018

PRESIDENT OF THE UAE CUP - UK ARABIAN DERBY - THE LATEST FRENCH SUCCESS STORY RODESS DU LOUP UNDERPINS CROSS CHANNEL DOMINATION

DONCASTER (UK), 15th September 2018

Gr. I PA - 4-year-olds - 2000 m

Rodess du Loup (Dahess) showed a telling turn of foot which enabled him to nail the

The President of the UAE Cup - UK Arabian Derby (Gr. I PA) on the St Leger card at Doncaster. It was his second Group I PA success in the wake of his Qatar Derby des Pur-sang Arabes de 4 ans (Gr. I PA) victory at Chantilly in June, as he cemented his dominant

position in his age group. It also enabled French trainer Charles Gourdain to again taste success in this race following the 2017 triumph of Nafees (Azadi). For the third successive year, the first three home were all French-breds. It also reflects fact that six of the eight winners of this race have been annexed by horses bred on the other side of the Channel.

AN INSPIRED CHOICE

Asraa Min Al Talqa (Asraa Min Albarq) set the tempo but started to send out distress signals entering the straight. The French challengers were waiting to pounce but events dictated that they had to seize the initiative earlier than planned. Rijm (Azadi) and Rajeh (Jaafer Asf) then began to engage top gear towards the middle of the track, whereas the Christophe Soumillon-ridden Rodess du Loup made headway on the inside. The winning team were soon to nail a lead which they were never to relinquish despite the efforts of the strong-finishing Rajeh. The latter’s surge deprived Rijm of second at the death. After sitting in last place for much of the race, Shomoos Athbah (Burning Sand) ran on to collect fourth.

THE QATAR ARABIAN WORLD CUP PROJECT IS PUT ON HOLD

Charles Gourdain said: "We’ve always thought that he is good as Nafees: an impression which was borne out on this occasion. We were a bit downcast after his previous race at Deauville. However, he is more effective on good or soft ground rather than when conditions are very soft. He is best suited by races run at a strong tempo which wasn’t the case here. His jockey also said that he had difficulty in getting him to settle. The mere fact that he won despite being wound up underpins his status as a quality horse, and particularly as he was able to finish to good effect. At this point we are thinking about the Qatar Arabian World Cup on the Arc de Triomphe card. However, seeing that there isn’t much time between races, he will only tackle the Longchamp race if he satisfies me that he is 100 per cent. He has made big strides forward."

A CLOSE RELATIVE OF AL ANGA

Rodess du Loup went through the ring at the Arqana Sales as a juvenile and was bought back for € 75,000, having formed part of the Haras de Saint-Faust consignment. Bred by Jean-Marc Saphores, he is a son of Dahess (Amer): the Al Shaqab sire based at the Haras de Thouars.

His dam, Aurore du Loup (Darike), was unraced but is a full sister to the Prix Tornado de Syrah (Gr. II PA) winning Akim du Loup. Photon du Loup (Dahess), another of her products, was Listed placed. The grandam Salia du Loup (Manganate), in addition to Akim du Loup, has also generated Kerbelle du Loup (Kerbella). The latter is none other than the dam of Al Anga (Amer) whose eight wins climaxed in The Qatar Gold Trophy (Gr. II PA) and The Clarendon International Stakes (Gr. III PA). The great grandam, Nivada (Flipper), gave birth to two multiple winners, Sophie du Loup (Manganate) and Vanessa du Loup (Manganate). The former visited the winner’s circle on ten occasions whereas the latter won six races in the US. Nivada, via her daughters, set in motion a line which has yielded some of the great champions such as Lahib, Mabrooka and Câlin de Louve

 

 

 

Wafi

 

 

Amer

 

 

 

 

Bushra

 

Dahess

 

 

 

 

 

Dahr

 

 

Danie du Cassou

 

 

 

 

Nerva du Cassou

RODESS DU LOUP (C4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dormane

 

 

Darike

 

 

 

 

Malika Fontenay

 

Aurore du Loup

 

 

 

 

 

Manganate

 

 

Salia du Loup

 

 

 

 

Nivada

DONCASTER (UK), 15th September 2018

PRESIDENT OF THE U.A.E. CUP (UK ARABIAN DERBY)

Gr. I PA - 4-year-olds - 2,000m - £ 80,000

1st        RODESS DU LOUP (61) C4

Dahess & Aurore du Loup

Owner: K. Hamad Al Attiyah

Breeder: J.-M. Saphores

Trainer: C. Gourdain

Jockey: C. Soumillon

2nd       RAJEH (61) C4

Jaafer ASF & Nelka, by Tidjani

Owner: H.H. Sheikh M. Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Breeder:  Al Shahania Stud

Trainer: F. Rohaut

Jockey: F.-X. Bertras

3rd       RIJM (61) C4

Azadi & Kerjam, by Dormane

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Breeder: H.H. Sheikh J. Bin Hamad Al Thani

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: F. Bughenaim

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Shomoos Athbah, Goumoh, Abiyah Athbah & Asraa Min Al-Talqa

Ran (7) - Non runner(s): Anfaas

(Turf). 2’25’’08. Distances: 1 - Shd - 2½