H.H. THE AMIR SWORD - Ebraz makes it an historic double!


H.H. THE AMIR SWORD - Ebraz makes it an historic double!

DOHA (QAT), FEBRUARY 22nd 2020

Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds and up -2,400m (12f) - $1,000,000

The Maxime Guyon-ridden Ebraz (Amer) entered the history books at Doha. As the victory enabled Ebraz to become the first horse to sweep the PA Triple Crown in the wake of prior wins in the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1) (1m) at Goodwood in July, and the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) (10f) at ParisLongchamp in October, and which climaxed with further success in the big stamina test that is H.H. The Amir Sword (Gr1 PA) over a mile and a half at Doha. By the same token, Ebraz also became the first horse to win the most prestigious race of the Qatari calendar three times. Now that’s what I call making history!

The best horse won. Aaley Al Magam (Amer), faithful to his role as pacemaker, cut out the donkey work after sailing into a clear lead. Meanwhile, the future winner bided his time in mid-division along the rail. On approaching the straight, Yazeed (Munjiz) was dashed into the lead, and, going to the final 250m, he appealed as a likely winner under Olivier Peslier. However, Tayf (Amer), ridden by Soufiane Saadi, was soon on his case. This was before Ebraz surged his way to the front after challenging between the two Alban de Mieulle runners, and he was to prove a clear cut winner. His third win in the H.H. The Amir Sword was gained by just under two lengths, and at the main expense of Tayf. Yazeed had to settle for third. Khataab (Amer) was fourth after a wide trip.

Doing the impossible. Julian Smart had the weight of the world on his shoulders, and the trainer didn’t hold back by letting his emotions rip after his horse hit the wire. An hour after the race, he said: "Ebraz showed the required precocity as a 3-year-old which is why he tackled Gr1 PA company during an August raid on Deauville. However, in the early part of his career, he could hardly be described as tough. Yet, the horse has toughened up considerably as he has matured. You need to be a tough sort to lay down the gauntlet to the Umm Quarn runners in the straight. Maxime Guyon gave him a perfect ride. Capturing three editions of the The Amir Sword is theoretically impossible. Furthermore, I never thought that I would ever see a horse winning the PA Triple Crown. Not that I was alone in this respect. Ebraz has certainly become the richest PA money earner in history. It’s an incredible feeling to be training the best PA horse in the world. Furthermore, I’m having difficulty in identifying a horse currently in training who would be capable of beating him. It was Al Shahania’s eighth win in the race and that’s some feat."

Something special. Maxime Guyon, the winning jockey said: "It’s incredible!

As he is the first winner of the coveted Triple Crown! It was a truly run race and the pacemakers did their bit. I found myself shadowing one of the leading contenders, and granted Ebraz’s ability to quicken, I wasn’t really worried. The horse invariably does everything asked of him and I’m well acquainted with him, having won three Gr1 PA prizes on the horse last year. Julian Smart has done some sterling work as it isn’t obvious when it comes to training a horse to win over three different trips. He’s always been a very good horse, but, from last season onwards, the horse has developed into something special. He is going to prove very hard to beat this year. He’s all class." Bertrand Le Métayer, the racing manager of Al Shahania Stud, added: "Ever since Goodwood when he captured the first leg of the Triple Crown over a mile, Ebraz has developed a real appetite for the fray. Being heckled during a race no longer affects him, instead the reverse is true. In the past, he was able to use his stamina to good effect. Now, he has recourse to his class and his powers of acceleration. The ability to win four consecutive Gr1 PA prizes, in which different tactics have been employed, in different countries, and over three different distances – is quite simply incredible. It also represents the victory of an exceptional breeding operation, and namely that of His His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani. »

A full brother to three Gr1 PA winners. Bred by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Ebraz is the son of a clearly exceptional mare. For the dam, Massamarie (Tidjani), has also generated the likes of Raahah (Asraa Min Albarq) – the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr1 PA) heroine. Other examples of her breeding prowess are Mared Al Sahra (Amir's Sword, Gr1 PA), Mu'Azzaz (Shadwell Dubai International Stakes, Gr1 PA), and Metrag (Grand Prix de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI, Gr3 PA), and all three share the paternity of Amer (Wafi). Ebraz is a grandson of Margau (Manganate), herself a full sister to the one of the breed’s dominant sires Dormane (Manganate), and the very high class Djendel (Manganate). She foaled a class act in the form of Santhal (Djebbel), whose six wins comprised the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Gr1 PA). The great grandam is none other than Mandore (Grabiec), the great mare which we readily associate with the De Watrigant breeding academy.


































































Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,400m - $1,000,000

1st       EBRAZ (58) (H7)

(Amer & Massamarie, by Tidjani)

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

Trainer: J. Smart

Jockey: M. Guyon

2nd       TAYF (58) (H8)

(Amer & Djelmila, par Manganate)

Owner: Umm Qarn

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

Trainer: A. de Mieulle

Jockey: S. Saadi

3rd        YAZEED (58) (H7)

(Munjiz & Al Dahma, by Amer)

Owner: Umm Qarn

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

Trainer: A. de Mieulle

Jockey: O. Peslier

All ran (10)

Turf. 2’39’’46. Distances: 1 3/4, 3/4.