Meethag becomes the first group winner of Dahor de Brugère


Meethag becomes the first group winner of Dahor de Brugère

CHANTILLY (FRA), June 22nd, 2019


Gr2 PA - 3-year-olds -1,600m - € 50,000

Meethag becomes the first group winner of Dahor de Brugère

Thomas Fourcy runners have had a tendency to get placed in the Qatar Coupe de France des chevaux arabes (Gr2 PA) during the course of the last few seasons. However, the trainer gained a deserved success in this race thanks to Meethag (Dahor de Brugère), as the filly maintained her unbeaten record. She carries the colours of Al Shaqab Racing and the Qatari stable were similarly breaking the ice in this race.


A printout of the photo is needed determine the winner. Didier Guillemin had annexed the last four editions of this event, and his representative, Al Hazm (Al Mamun Monlau), set out to make all under Olivier Peslier. Dictating his own terms, the pacesetter set very slow fractions. In the straight, the pacesetter tried to escape his field by abruptly quickening the tempo. However, Meethag, making ground hand over fist, made up the leeway before getting up on the line. Although a printout of the photo was needed to determine the winner. A remarkable third on her first French attempt, and grass debut to boot, the Moroccan filly Salma Nour Grine (No Risk Al Maury) also ate up the ground towards the finish as she snared a promising third place. This third place was feted as a victory of sorts by her connections, and the filly is one to keep the right side of when she tackles longer trips.


Waving goodbye to a summer campaign. Meethag did her family origins proud and, above all, her paternal line as the filly’s sire, Dahor de Brugère (Dahess), won this same race in 2012 in the colours of Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani (that is before becoming part of the Al Shaqab Racing operation the following year). The stallion has been represented by a mere two French runners but both are winners. His trainer, Thomas Fourcy said: « I’ve always had a great liking for the filly. She hasn’t had much time between races but when they are good, they are good. At his imperious best, Olivier Peslier delivered a masterclass [on the second] and there was nothing in it. Jérôme Cabre rode to orders and he did well to anchor the filly during the race. The filly managed to win despite the race not being run to suit her. When you are required to reel-in those horses in front of you at Chantilly, class and a very sharp turn of foot are needed. It could be said that this runs in the family. Her dam has proved herself to an excellent ‘producer’ and the sire has also made a bright start at stud despite having had very few runners. It’s my first success in this race and I’m also very pleased for Al Shaqab as they bred the filly. We are well stocked in the yard as regard quality three-year-old fillies, and they [Al Shaqab] encouraged me to go for this race with the filly. I’m lucky to be able to work with them [Al Shaqab] as they allow me to take my time with the horses en route to winning the big races. Her long term target is the Group 1 PA race run at Saint Cloud [in the autumn]. This means that she will probably forego a summer campaign when it is hot, as I have other runners earmarked for these races. She may perhaps have a prep race in September. Then it is a question of the stable’s runners all converging at Saint-Cloud. »


Al Mamun Monlau also breaks the ice black type wise. Al Hazm also became the first runner of his sire, Al Mamun Monlau (Munjiz), to gain black type. The latter is part of the Al Shaqab Racing stallion roster at the Haras du Grand Courgeon. Speaking a day after the race, Alban de Mieulle said: « He ran well. We thought he had done enough to win when the horses flashed by the wire but he was beaten by a quality filly. He’s a good horse. Olivier Peslier did what he had to and we’ve no regrets on that score. It’s also gratifying to see that the progeny of Al Mamun Monlau are performing well and Al Hazm isn’t his only quality performer. As things stand, he is heading towards to Deauville with a view to following the French PA group race circuit. » Jabir (Al Mamun Monlau), the other Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani representative trained by Didier Guillemin, was fifth. Alban de Mieulle added: « We removed the blinkers. Consequently, he didn’t pull but was less focused on the job in hand.. He’s certainly a horse with ability although certainly a notch below the Gr 1 PA performers which we have at Chantilly. Didier Guillemin will let us know what he intends to do with the horse. We will have to wait and see what other stables have in locker regarding the future three-year-old races. »


Salma Nour Grine will remain in France. The performance of the top Moroccan filly, Salma Nour Grine, didn’t go un-noticed, particularly as she was tackling European opposition as well as racing on turf, for the first time. Her trainer, Eduardo Buzon Bobillo, said: « We are over the moon as the filly was making her turf debut, having raced on sand surfaces in Morocco. She performed to a very high standard and we’re delighted as she born at the stud of Monsieur Karimine. She is going to remain in France as the journey from Morocco was a long one. She is due to join the yard of Elisabeth Bernard. This will enable her to be targeted at the fillies’ races. »


Al Nachmiya proves to be some broodmare! Bred by Al Shaqab Racing, Meethag is a daughter of the high class mare, Al Nachmiya (Azadi), whose four career successes as a three-year-old and four-year-old took in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA). This mare has also generated another very good filly, Al Haffanah (Amer), who went through her three-year-old campaign unbeaten. In common with her dam she, too, landed the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA) at Saint-Cloud. Al Sheeh (Dahess), another of the mare’s progeny, was second in the Prix Nefta (Gr2 PA). To date, Al Nachmiya boasts a 100 per cent record regarding her progeny achieving black-type. The grandam, Amira Al Chame (Kesberoy), has herself generated four black type performers and for this read Al Sabeq (Tidjani) - successful in the Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge Round I (Gr1 PA); Al Sabika (Akbar): second in the Prix Razzia III (Gr3 PA); Al Chahira (Al Saoudi): the Critérium des Pouliches (Gr2 PA) second; whereas Niddal (Majd Al Arab) was third in the Prix Tidjani (Gr3 PA).  This is the family of The Hatta International Stakes (Gr1 PA) second Salma (Tidjani), the Prix Dragon (Gr1 PA) third Alep Alchame (Kesberoy, plus the Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA) winner Al Fahda (Azadi).













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