An overview of the unmissable moments regarding the young brigade during September and October


An overview of the unmissable moments regarding the young brigade during September and October

Here we provide a memory jogger of the key happenings in the French PA 3-year-old division during September and October...

The penny drops after the headgear is added

All it took was a pair of standard blinkers as regards enabling Elaf (Rabbah de Carrère) to show the full extent of her potential. The Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte runner carries the colours of Yas Horse Racing, and she performed well below expectations when sixth on her debut at the backend of July. Fast-forwarding to September 8th at Mont-de-Marsan, and by now equipped with the headgear, the 3-year-old filly landed an easy success after going wire to wire. Cocktail du Loup (Divamer) was three lengths adrift in second, whereas Alawsj (Dahor de Brugère) collected third. The winner, bred by her owner, His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, descends from a female line that has proved very successful for these colours. As the dam Mowafaka (Tidjani) has already produced Bayan (Munjiz), a winner at Gr1 PA level at Newbury. The grandam is none other than Amidou Douzaia (Chéri Bibi)…

Continuing on an upward curve

Trained by François Rohaut on behalf of Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Al Thani, Safaa (General)

has progressed constantly since her debut in late July. Her form figures say it all. For this read: tenth, third and first. She opened her account at Dax on September 13th. After stalking the pace, Safaa thrust herself in the thick of at the business end before holding the fast finishing Hazzam (Al Mamun Monlau) by a neck. The previously unraced Umran (Mister Ginoux) was a little further back in third. Racing over 1,900m first time out and learning from the experience, the daughter of General (Amer) seemed to appreciate the step back to

1,400m (7f), having shown the required speed that made her a major player here. Bred by her owner, Safaa is out of Sahaba Al Uraiq (Af Albahar) and she’s the mare’s first registered foal in France. The latter won a maiden in the same colours in Qatar and is a half-sister of Al Nakhsh (Dormane). The latter was a multiple winner in the Qatari peninsula over distances ranging from 1,200m (6f) to 1,600m (1m), and she was also fifth in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr1 PA) on French soil in 2013. The grandam Kerina (Tidjani) descends from a Tunisian female line. She’s the half-sister of Loupsia (Nuits St Georges). The latter generated the Moroccan PA 3-year-old Derby third Carmen de Palma. This is the line of Yucattan (Tornado de Syrah), the winner of the Prix du Sultanat d’Oman (Gr1 PA) at Toulouse (for the jockey-trainer combination of Olivier Trigodet and Arnaud Chaillé-Chaillé), and El Zouarda (Dormane). The latter was second in the Prix Nevada II (Gr2 PA) for  Charles Gourdain.