The dream

28.04.2019

The dream

Horse racing draws totally on passion, the dream and the willingness to take a gamble, a triptych which constantly fuels itself. The element of passion is the one which enables us to take the plunge in a ‘venture’ which is both costly and risky, and revolves around buying, breeding and racing. It also steers us down the path of research, which proves to be never ending, and designed to develop an understanding on how to go about producing the best horse possible. The dream translates itself into the competitive part of the equation, and namely the need for a positive validation of the efforts made, and which take the form of performance. Although for many the love of the horse is something which is purely contemplative by its very nature. The ‘gambling’ aspect derives from looking to the future, and taking a punt that the various efforts and ideas will prove to be the right ones. The victory element is even more gratifying in that it is difficult to attain, and particularly taking into account the numerous pitfalls that stand in the way.

The tale of Madjani is one of those ‘gambles’ which proved to be a masterstroke. At the outset, the breeder Pierre Hoyeau, wasn’t familiar with racing Purebred Arabians (PA), as the breed were a negligible presence in his part of western France a few decades ago. However, he had been successful with another variety of horses, namely the AQPS (Autre Que Pur- Sang), and he soon developed a passion for the PA breed. He initially ‘dreamed’ of producing a PA horse capable of winning the most prestigious races. He then ‘gambled’ by sourcing a mare of ‘Tunisian’ origin, before banking on the outcome by breeding her to a top notch French stallion: Tidjani. He took a third and final ‘risk’ by pitting his charge, who had been prepared on the home gallops, against the crème de la crème of the south-west at Toulouse, in spite of having nothing which to compare him at home. The fusion of his passion, dreams coupled for the propensity of taking a risk, proved very successful as Madjani developed into a very high class performer. In the colours of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he became the only entire to win three editions of the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA). He has since departed for the heavens, having resided at the Haras de Saint-Faust. However, the passion, living the dream and the propensity for taking risk aspects, which Madjani incarnated, are very much alive and kicking, and present in all the key driving forces behind the sport of PA racing.

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