H.H. THE AMIR SWORD TRIAL (GR3 PA) - Gazwan leaves the opposition standing as historic challenge beckons


H.H. THE AMIR SWORD TRIAL (GR3 PA) - Gazwan leaves the opposition standing as historic challenge beckons

DOHA (QAT), Saturday 2nd February 2019

Gr3 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,200m - USD 100,000

After chasing home Yazeed (Munjiz) in The Late Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani Trophy - Qatar National Day Trophy (Gr2 PA) over a longer trip, Gazwan (Amer) had his sights lowered in the H.H. The Amir Sword Trial (Gr3 PA). Over the 2,200m trip, the Julian Smart trainee, and standardbearer of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, left his rivals for dead after clocking the trip in a record 2’27’’67. After racing prominently throughout behind the leader Aaley Al Magam (Amer) on the rails, Gazwan shifted out for his challenge on leaving the final bend under Théo Bachelot, before unleashing a deadly finishing burst. He won easing up by three lengths at the main expense of the former Thomas Fourcy protégé Al Walid (Dahess). A little further back, Spaghetti (Snoopi), another French-bred, completed the placings. Gazwan will now attempt to record his third success in the Amir Sword. Trainer Julian Smart said: "He has the ability to achieve this and can become the first horse to win this race for a third time. It would be incredible and something unlikely to be achieved again in my opinion."

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Out of an Amir Sword winner. Arc de Ciel (Djendel), the dam of Gazwan, was the PA Horse of the Year in Qatar during the 2000-2001 season. She proved victorious in the Amir Sword (Gr1 PA), and has generated other quality performers for Al Shahania such as Rathowan (Amer), second in The President of the UAE Cup - UK Arabian Derby, the Qatar Arabian World Cup and The Amir Sword (Grs1 PA), as well as Iftekhar Asf (Amer) who was ran third in the Hatta International Stakes (Gr 1 PA) at Newbury. Akie Croix Noire (Tidjani), the grandam of Gazwan, has produced a trio of Gr1 PA winners and namely: Arc de Ciel, the Dubai International Stakes (Gr1 PA) winning Asraa Min Albarq (Amer), plus the mare Areej (Amer) – winner of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) in 2011 at Longchamp. This is the line of Nevada II (Djanor).














































Arc de Ciel









Akie Croix Noire









Okie du Cassou






Gr3 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,200m - $ 100,000

1st           GAZWAN (58) (H8)

            (Amer & Arc de Ciel, par Djendel)

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

            Trainer: J. Smart

            Jockey:  T. Bachelot

2nd         AL WALID (58) (H6)

            (Dahess & Al Sarwa, par Akbar)

            Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

            Breeder: H. Mousli, N. Mousalli & F. Al Elweet

            Trainer: A. de Mieulle

            Jockey: F. Bughanaim

3rd          SPAGHETTI (58) (H7)

            (Snoopi & Nouillaugratin, par Dunixi)

            Owner:  M. Khalifa Bin Sheail Kh. Al Kuwari

            Breeder: Y. Plantin

            Trainer: J.M. Ghazali Jahromi

            Jockey: H. Bentley

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Rajeh, Aaley Al Magam, Jabal Aramoon, Prince Amer, Shabih Alreeh & Djelamer
Ran (9) - Non-runner(s): Abercrombie - (Turf) - 2’27’’67
Distances: 3 - 4 ¼ - 2 ¾