THE PRESIDENT OF THE UAE CUP - COUPE D'EUROPE DES CHEVAUX ARABES - Tayf returns to the top table of the European elite


THE PRESIDENT OF THE UAE CUP - COUPE D'EUROPE DES CHEVAUX ARABES - Tayf returns to the top table of the European elite


Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m - € 100,000

Having wintered in Qatar where he crossed swords with the very best, Tayf (Amer) marked his European return with the second Gr1 PA success of his career following his win in The President of the UAE Cup - Coupe d'Europe des Chevaux Arabes (Gr1 PA). Ridden to perfection by Olivier Peslier, the winner got up close home, two years after his victory in

The Qatar International Stakes (Gr1 PA) at Goodwood.

Ridden with kid gloves. Unraced since his attempt in the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA), Lightning Bolt (Munjiz) made the running and he had Hajres (Nizam) and Rodess du Loup (Dahess) in his slipstreamTayf bided his time towards the rear where he kept tabs on the favourite Khataab (Amer). Lightning Bolt appealed as a potential winner in the straight. However, that wasn’t taking into account the thrust of Khataab followed by that of Tayf who shadowed the former all the way. Olivier Peslier delayed his challenge on the winner for as long as possible. Having been pulled out for his challenge in the final 100 metres, the winner steadily asserted after getting up at the death to deny Khataab. It proved something of a masterclass! Lightning Bolt managed to salvage third on his seasonal debut. Rodess du Loup failed to obtain a podium finish in fourth.

Operation Goodwood and the Qatar Arabian World Cup. Fourth in the Amir Sword (Gr1 PA) when he didn’t have the happiest of races, followed by a second in the Qatar Gold Sword (Gr1 PA), Tayf was rightly rewarded for those efforts. Olivier Peslier expressed his great satisfaction at the outcome and said: "I know this horse inside out. Sometimes it is said that this is a disadvantage but I’ve been riding him for a while and know how he responds.

He’s a super horse that invariably tends to find his stride late on in a race. However, it is best to appear too late on the scene rather than too soon. At the beginning of the straight, I didn’t want him to see daylight despite the fact that things were hotting up in front. His trainer gave me carte blanche as how to ride him. Tayf and Yazeed are the stable’s best horses. He deserved this win and he will be back." His trainer, Alban de Mieulle, added: "Olivier Peslier was very inspired. He knows everything there is to know about the horse. We could have raced Yazeed in his place. However, on ground which had eased, Tayf seemed the better prospect. He had won on heavy ground at Goodwood. He has returned to form after being sidelined for a long period following his British win. He has struggled to regain his form but he’s back now. Going to the final 200m, he had enough left in the locker to take the lead, but his jockey knows what he’s doing and waited until the last possible moment before delivering his challenge. This is because he tends to idle once in front. As things stand, he will be heading towards Goodwood and the Qatar Arabian World Cup."

Khataab runs true to form. Thomas Fourcy, the trainer of the second, told us:

"He ran very well and we were beaten by a better horse. Olivier Peslier was cantering behind us on the winner and we ‘towed’ him along until the wire. A horse of delicate disposition, he hasn’t raced very often. Consequently, we don’t see very much of him on the racecourse, maybe three or a four times per season, but he’s a classy sort. He won so easily on his return and that determined our choice of today’s Gr1 PA race. He needs a bit more time between races but lost no caste in defeat. The last time we crossed swords with Rodess du Loup, he was two lengths in arrears of us, but I think that the gap has widened to five or six lengths here. Khataab has certainly stepped up but he would have needed everything to have fallen perfectly for him in order to prevail. He should be heading towards Deauville in August followed by the World Cup in October. He’s straight forward to train and we let him do his own thing. He doesn’t get fizzed up but he can be a bit naughty at times. However, there’s nothing malicious to it as he simply has a zest for life!"

Lightning Bolt should improve for the run. Karin Van Den Bos, the trainer of the third, said of Lightning Bolt: "He needed the run. Had we given him a prep race, I believe that he could have won but there was no suitable opening for him. As that would have entailed him travelling to France earlier, but the season ahead is a long one and, granted that he is being aimed at certain races, I didn’t want him to come to hand too soon. I have end of season targets in mind for him and that is why his preparation has been delayed. He has had a fair amount of time off as he collided with a tree in the paddock during the build-up to the Qatar Arabian World Cup. He still took his chance but clearly wasn’t himself. He will be aimed at the top races but I have no idea where he goes next."

The son and grandson of a female champion. The first and second in this race were bred by

the Haras du Grand Courgeon. Djelmila (Manganate) is the dam of Tayf. A graduate of the

Haras de Mandore, she was the first to lower the colours of the champion Al Sakbe (Kesberoy). Her ten wins on the world stage comprised the Derby des Pur-sang Arabes at Chantilly, the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 and the Hatta International Stakes, races which currently all enjoy Gr1 PA status. Djelmila generated six black type class performers, including two full brothers which won at the highest level. They are Majd Al Arab (Qatar International Trophy, H.H. The Emir's Sword, the Dubai International Stakes & Coupe d'Europe des Chevaux Arabes, Grs1 PA),  and Raddad (Qatar International Derby, Gr1 PA). Cherifa (Chéri Bibi), the grandam, scored wins in the Dubai Stakes and the Coupe du Cheval Arabe (Grs1 PA). Twenty of her descendants have gained black type and namely Mushrae (Arabian World Cup & Arabian Trophy des Poulains, Grs1 PA). This is the illustrious line of the Watrigant breeding academy which has been responsible for the breed’s heavyweight sires such as Dormane (Manganate) and Manganate (Saint Laurent).




































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Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m - € 100,000

1st           TAYF (59.5) (H7)

Amer & Djelmila, by Manganate

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

Trainer: A. de Mieulle

Jockey: O. Peslier

2nd         KHATAAB (59.5) (H7)

Amer & Djelana, by Al Sakbe

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Breeder: A. de Mieulle

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Cabre

3rd          LIGHTNING BOLT (59.5) (H7)

Munjiz & Oleya du Loup, by Kerbella

Owner: Landgoed Waterland

Breeder & Trainer: Mrs K. Van Den Bos

Jockey: T. Bachelot

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Rodess du Loup, Hajres Tun, Taymour & Ainhoa Almili.

All ran (7) - (Turf) - 2’17’’62.

Distances: 3/4 - 2 -  4.


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