AL RAYYAN CUP - PRIX KESBEROY: Hadi de Carrère: the best horse wins


AL RAYYAN CUP - PRIX KESBEROY: Hadi de Carrère: the best horse wins


Gr1 PA - 3-year-olds - 2,000m (10f) - €50,000

Successful in the Prix Tidjani (Gr3 PA) during July, Hadi de Carrère (Nieshan) is one of the class acts of the Thomas Fourcy stable. Despite heavy rains lashing the racecourse, the punters on this Thursday card kept their faith in this magnificent colt, and consequently he went off a strong (1,91/1) favourite. On gracing the racecourse, the Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari representative repaid the confidence by showing class and courage, which enabled him to handle the desperate ground. Staying within three-quarters of a length of the pacesetter, Hadi de Carrère had to slug it out with Alsaher (Mared Al Sahra) for the duration of the business end of the race, before delivering the decisive final thrust which made the difference. The front-running Sir Monlau (Al Mamun Monlau) was third but all of seven lengths behind the principals!

Scope for improvement. Thomas Fourcy, the winning trainer, said: "The conditions facing us were relatively uncomplicated. We finally took the decision to run as we were already here, and because we were up against a group of 3-year-olds whose next race will be the Gr1 PA feature in October. Hadi de Carrère did it nicely. We will now see how he recovers. The plans for him aren’t set in stone. He will perhaps race in September prior to the Gr1 race. A very strong colt, he’s still immature. The day will come when this type of ground will play to his strengths, but only when he has picked up on this effort. He’s a good horse but one that could get caught out should the race develop into a sprint on fast ground. He can race from the front and is part of a clutch of good horses in the yard, in common with Abbes (TM Fred Texas), and the latter will be seen out in September. I’ve another one or two good horses in the yard. October is a long way off."

Alsaher is a creditable second. François Rohaut, the trainer of the second, said: "It’s not a surprise that he was run so well on his second start. Alsaher is on the upgrade and he should be spot-on for the Saint-Cloud race. He has everything going for him and is a real PA racehorse."

Nieshan sires his first Gr1 winner and the magic touch of Gérard Larrieu. Hadi de Carrère was bought privately by Gérard Larrieu. These are halycon days for the Chantilly Bloodstock supremo, as underscored by the successes of Lady Princess (General), but also those of Sacred Life (a Listed winner in the US), Skyward (Prix de Reux, Gr3), Gold Trip (Prix Greffulhe, Gr2) and Dream Works (Prix Ridgway, L), in addition to several juvenile prospects (Golden Boy, Darkness and Saqr, etc.) which are expected to make their mark at black type level.

Bred by Catherine Dell'Ova, Hadi de Carrère is the first PA Group winner sired by Nieshan (Akbar). This particular stallion stands at the Haras de Carrère. Viki de Carrère (Dormane), the dam, was unraced and Hadi de Carrère is her first winner (according to the France Galop records). The grandam Raha de Malartic (Dahr) is also that of the stallion Runner (Tahar de Candelon). Raha de Malartic has produced Nadir du Bac (Guytou de Carrère), the National Day Cup (Gr1 PA) third, plus Oualid du Bac (Guytou de Carrère), second in the Bani Yas Al Hadheerah (Gr2 PA). This line – that of Guetlato (Grabiec) – has yielded the high class Akim de Ducor (Akbar) and Hamana (Goumri). The latter is the foundation mare of the Mels’ breeding operation.























Jade des Pins





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Gr1 - 3-year-olds -2,000m - €50,000

1st          HADI DE CARRÈRE (58.5) C3

(Nieshan & Viki de Carrère, by Dormane)

Owner: Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari

Breeder: Mrs C. Dell'Ova

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Augé

2nd         ALSAHER (58.5) C3

(Mared Al Sahra & Assefa d'Aroco, par Tidjani)

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

Breeder: Al Shahania Stud

Trainer: F. Rohaut

Jockey: V. Seguy

3rd         SIR MONLAU (58.5) C3

(Al Mamun Monlau & Al Anqa, par Amer) Owner: H.H. Sheikh A. Bin Khalifa Al Thani Breeder: Scea Haras de Victot

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: O. Peslier

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Alhafar, Asiak & Veverka Py.

All ran (6).

(Soft) 2'33"48. Distances: NECK - 7 - SNECK.