DOHA CUP - PRIX MANGANATE: Hayyan gives the elements short shrift


DOHA CUP - PRIX MANGANATE: Hayyan gives the elements short shrift


Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds & up - 2,000m (10f) - €50,000

After impressing on his return in the Qatar Prix de l’Élevage (Gr2 PA), Hayyan (Munjiz) again rose to the occasion in the Doha Cup (Gr1 PA). The weather on this particular Thursday card at Deauville was desperate, as the continuous downpours ensured that the ground eased by the minute. The field initially galloped in Indian file as the filly Flying High (Dahess) dictated terms. Given a quiet ride in the mid-division, Hayyan was clearly cruising in the final bend. Once given the office, he quickly settled the issue and was a length and a quarter clear at the line, although the winning margin wasn’t a true reflection of his superiority. Lightning Bolt (Munjiz) managed to secure second at the main expense of the strong-finishing Khataab (Amer). The returning Fazza Al Khalediah (Jalnar Al Khalidiah), making his seasonal debut, and delivering his challenge where the ground was the most cut-up, was a never dangerous fifth.

A leading Qatar Arabian World Cup contender. Hayyan landed the third Gr1 PA success of his career following prior wins in the Qatar Derby des 4ans, and The President of the UAE Cup. The Frédéric Sanchez runner is clearly a leading Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) contender. Ioritz Mendizabal, renewing his partnership with the winner, told Equidia in the aftermath: "It was a tricky situation as we had to feel our way into the race in fits and starts, and this entailed staying in touch but without coming too soon. However, he’s a quirky customer…! He only ran one bad race abroad last season and, but for this, his record would be flawless. He was idling considerably once in front, and he had all but eased up in the final 150m: he won with a lot in hand." Thierry Delègue, the Manager of Yas Horse Racing in France, said: "He has only run one bad race in his career, and that was at Abu Dhabi, and we’ve never understood why. Even if we must always be measured in our opinions, the horse is a champion in his own right and, without the Abu Dhabi mishap, he would have a total of five PA Group wins in the bag, and three of his wins have been recorded at Gr1 PA level. He acts on any ground. On this particular occasion, he was almost travelling too easily at the beginning of the straight, and that’s always a cause of concern as he tends to idle once in front. He delivered a superb performance. »

Khataab heads straight for the big race. Thomas Fourcy commented on the performances of his runners, Khataab (third) and Bin General (sixth), by saying: "Khataab has run his race. He was a bit sluggish as the gates opened and struggled to get into gear before hitting his stride at the business end. We know him inside out and he’s an autumn horse. Even allowing for today’s rain, the ground wasn’t riding that heavy. His target is the Qatar Arabian World Cup. As is customary each year, he will now head directly to this race. We aren’t going to change a thing! He didn’t race in the spring as he had previously been campaigned at Doha, and so we decided to leave him alone. He’s an eight-year-old and there is clearly more to come. As such, I’m still getting to know Bin General. There was a bit of pace in the race and that put him off him somewhat. Olivier Peslier thought that the horse was going to pick up in the straight, but he could only plug on one pace. It’s possible that he could be a notch below the best horses. Off the cuff, I‘m not thinking in terms of the World Cup for him, but I need to speak to his connections, and he should by rights improve for the run. He, too, was returning after a lay off."

A son of the exceptional broodmare Dahwa. Hayyan hails from one of the most prestigious lines associated with His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s breeding operation. The dam Dahwa (Tidjani) won the Prix de l’Élevage (Gr2 PA). Thabit (Munjiz), her first foal, landed the Coupe du Sud-Ouest (Gr3 PA). Bandar (Munjiz), her second offering, won the Grand Prix de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI (Gr3 PA), whereas her third product Najah (Munjiz) captured the Prix Nefta (Gr2 PA) and the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge-Pouliches (Gr2 PA). The latter was also third in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA). Hayyan is Dahwa’s fourth foal. The grandam Amidou Douzaia (Chéri Bibi) is the source (first and second generation) of more than ten black performers. A list that is far from exhaustive comprises the likes of Salaamah (Njewman), the winner of the Emirates Equestrian Federation Stakes (Gr2 PA) at Newbury; Abhaar (Al Nasr), the Emirates Championship (Gr1 PA) victor; and Naseem (Mahabb), successful in both the Al Maktoum Challenge R1 and the President Cup (Gr1s PA).




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Gr1 - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m - €50,000

1st         HAYYAN (58) H5

(Munjiz & Dahwa, by Tidjani)

Owner: Yas Horse Racing Manag. LLC Breeder: H.H. Sheikh M. Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Trainer: F. Sanchez

Jockey: I. Mendizabal

2nd        LIGHTNING BOLT (58) H8

(Munjiz & Oleya du Loup, by Kerbella)

Owners: Écurie Kooman Business Manag. & C. BV

Breeder: Mrs Van Den Bos

Trainer: Mrs K. Augenbroe

Jockey: T. Bachelot

3rd        KHATAAB (58) H8

(Amer & Djelana, by Al Sakbe)

Owner: Al Shaqab Racing Breeder: A. de Mieulle Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Cabre

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Salam Al Khalediah, Fazza Al Khalediah, Bin General,

Fakir du Pouy & Flying High. All ran (8).

(Soft) 2'20"58. Distances: 1 1/4 - NECK - 1 1/4.