QATAR CUP - PRIX DRAGON - YAZEED AND HIS QATAR ARABIAN WORLD CUP PREAMBLE

03.10.2018

QATAR CUP - PRIX DRAGON - YAZEED AND HIS QATAR ARABIAN WORLD CUP PREAMBLE

PARISLONGHAMP (FRA), 16th September 2018

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

Beaten twice by Gazwan (Amer) at Doha during the winter, Yazeed (Munjiz) gained handsome revenge here. Using the stage provided by the Qatar Cup - Prix Dragon (Gr. I PA), he came with a wet sail to deny Shahm (Mahabb) on the line under an inspired ride from Olivier Peslier. Gazwan was nine lengths adrift of the principals in third on this occasion.

However, the latter was making his reappearance although he will need to raise his game if he is to defend his title in The Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr. I PA).

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A PIECE OF HIGH PRECISION RACE RIDING

Aaley Al Magam (Amer) filled his role as pacemaker for the Al Shahania Stable and was content to show the way to his stablemates Reda (Burning Sand) and Gazwan. A little further back and pursuing an inside course, the held-up Yazeed had Zikreet (Dahess) on his outside as Tayf (Amer) brought up the rear. Shahm was the first to go on the offensive and he soon went several lengths clear. However, Yazeed, having followed him through, was still full of running. Olivier Peslier delayed his challenge on Yazeed but, once given the office, the winner fairly ate up the ground before getting up on the wire. It was a masterful piece of race riding! Gazwan just kept Tayf at bay for third.

NOT FULLY WOUND UP                                                

Alban de Mieulle said of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani runner: "I’m of the opinion that the good PA horses are capable of improving with age. Just like fine wines, you have to let them age. We didn’t race him during the summer as we were targeting this particular prep race. I’m bowled over by the performance of the second. He ran very well and will be a serious challenger come the ‘big race’. My horse still has scope for improvement for, on this occasion, he wasn’t fully wound up and needed the race. None of the other PA horses in our stable are capable of working with him in the morning. Consequently, we are obliged to train him alongside thoroughbreds."

SHAHM NEEDS A LITTLE RAIN

It took a Yazeed in tip-top condition and an inspired piece of race riding to beat Shahm.

The manager of Yas Horse Racing Management, Thierry Delègue said: "We are very pleased with Shahm. He ran very well in the spring before we gave him a break and, at Deauville, he was far from being a hundred per cent. We haven’t been hard on him at home and he should improve on this, but we are aware that this is also the case with his other rivals. Had the ground been a little softer, it may have suited him better. The question is whether it will rain during the Arc de Triomphe weekend and who can tell?"

GAZWAN AND THE SMART METHOD

As happened in the past, Gazwan was beaten in his prep race although he has a habit of delivering on his day of his reckoning. Julian Smart told us: "He certainly needed the race – without forgetting that Yazeed and Shahm are very good horses. Gazwan has been constantly performing at Group I PA level and, in the intervening period between Doha and the European races, I was perhaps too easy on him! He works well in the mornings and there is a three week gap between this race and the World Cup. He should progress for the race."

LOOKING TOWARD ONE OF THE FINEST EDITIONS OF THE 'WORD CUP'

Julian Smart updated us concerning Ebraz (Amer) who will be one of the stable’s runners in the big race: "He is going very well. I didn’t want to have four runners and that is why we didn’t run him. Last year we ran him in the prep race before he got beaten by a small margin in the Group I race. I think that there isn’t enough time between these two races, and it was perhaps a mistake that he was asked to tackle both." On the subject of the Qatar Arabian World Cup 2018 he added: "It’s my opinion that we are looking at a very high class edition of the race granted the presence of the Saudi Arabian challenger Tallaab Al Khalediah (Jalood Al Khalidiah), in addition to the PA horses which contested the Prix Dragon, and without forgetting the Charles Gourdain charge Rodess du Loup (Dahess), who is coming off a win in the English PA Derby. It will perhaps be one of the finest editions of the Group I contest. »

A PEDIGREE TO DIE FOR

Yazeed is a son of the remarkable stallion Munjiz (Kesberoy) and he hails from the breeding academy of Sheikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Thani. He spent his early days at the nursery of the Haras du Grand Courgeon. The dam Al Dahma (Amer) won twenty-five races from the ages of three to eight. Her notable wins comprised: three editions of the Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes, The French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Mile, The Emir’s Sword (twice), The Qatar International Trophy (four times), The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy, The Qatar National Trophy Day at Doha (twice), The Dubai International Stakes, The President Cup and The Malazgirt Trophy (Gr. Is PA). After Yazeed, Al Dahma generated Marid (TM Fred Texas) who proved a very good winner of The Al Rayyan Cup - Prix Kesberoy (Gr. I PA). Général (Amer), a full brother to Al Dahma, stands at The Haras du Grand Courgeon. This champion claimed two wins in The Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr. I PA).

 

 

 

Saint Laurent

 

 

Kesberoy

 

 

 

 

Keiba

 

Munjiz

 

 

 

 

 

ZT Ali Bab

 

 

Unchainedd Melody

 

 

 

 

Blu Bint Haleema

YAZEED (H5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wafi

 

 

Amer

 

 

 

 

Bushra

 

Al Dahma

 

 

 

 

 

Manganate

 

 

Al Hanoof

 

 

 

 

Pesennaia


PARISLONGCHAMP (FRA), 16th September 2018

QATAR CUP - PRIX DRAGON

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

1st        YAZEED (58) H5

            Munjiz & Al Dahma

            Owner & Breeder: H.H. Sheikh A. Bin Khalifa Al Thani

            Trainer: A. de Mieulle

            Jockey: O. Peslier

2nd       SHAHM (58) H5

            Mahabb & Haboob

            Owner: Yas Horse Racing Manag. LLC

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

            Trainer: X. Thomas-Demeaulte

            Jockey: M. Barzalona

3rd        GAZWAN (58) H7

            Amer & Arc de Ciel

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

            Trainer: J. Smart

            Jockey: C. Demuro

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Tayf, Zikreet, Reda & Aaley Al Magam.

All ran(7).

(Turf) Good soft. 2'11"60. Distances : shnk - 9 - shnk.