SHEIKH MANSOOR FESTIVAL - PRIX DORMANE: Abbes underscores his Derby claims

18.05.2021

SHEIKH MANSOOR FESTIVAL - PRIX DORMANE: Abbes underscores his Derby claims

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH (FR), APRIL 28th, 2021

Gr3 PA - 4 year-olds - 1,900m (9.5f) - €20,000

This edition of the Prix Dormane (Gr3 PA) had a real aura of quality about it and, following a breath-taking finale, Abbes (TM Fred Texas) carried the day. Despite prevailing by the minimum margin, the homebred of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani cemented his position as favourite for the Qatar Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr1 PA), which is the equivalent of the Prix du Jockey Club for the breed, and scheduled for June 20th at Chantilly.  He was making his seasonal debut on this particular Wednesday card, having finished a close second in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr1 PA) in October.

A very tight finish. Racing freely, Soko (Nieshan) set the tempo whereas the future winner languished towards the rear. Olivier Peslier asked his mount to pick up in good time and the combination made steady headway... an art the jockey is so well versed in. In the straight, Abbes took the fight to Munir du Soleil (Munjiz), and the latter reacted to the threat by picking up again in the final 250m. However, the knock-on effect of this struggle was to slam the door shut on Hoggar de l'Ardus (Mister Ginoux). At the wire, the tightest of margins separated Abbes from the second, Munir du Soleil. So a print of the photo was needed in order to determine the official finishing order. Hoggar de l'Ardus ran a blinder on his first attempt at this level. He was a length further adrift in third. Alsaher (Mared Al Sahra), placed at Gr1 PA level as a 3-year-old, was a further three lengths away in fourth. The ground was officially soft or 3.6 on the penetrometer scale.

A Fourcy cleansweep. In the lead up to this Gr3 PA race, Thomas Fourcy had indicated that he was leaning towards Abbes as his main hope. The colt had wintered in France but the reverse was true of Munir du Soleil, as the latter was victoriously campaigned at Doha. The trainer told Equidia: "I’ve always held Abbes in high regard. He’s a horse for the big occasion. He was very switched off throughout the race. It’s a very good preparation for the Derby in June. Munir du Soleil is progressing because Abbes is one of the best PA 4-year-olds, if not the best. He lost no kudos as a result of his second place, and he has also travelled abroad, with all that entails. He can go very well at Chantilly. Hoggar de l'Ardus may also head to Chantilly. He didn't get the rub of the green in the straight. He’s a horse with a sharp turn of foot and with a bit of a tendency to do things his own way. He is still somewhat tender at this level. However, it bodes well for the Gr1 PA race. I don't know if he'll beat his two stablemates, but we may complete the tricast. All three have earned the right to tackle the Derby... »

A son of the champion Raqiyah. Bred by his owner at the Haras du Grand Courgeon, Abbes underwent his pre-training period with Éric Ventrou, He boasts a regal pedigree. He’s a son of TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand), and this particularly successful Al Shaqab Racing sire was plagued by fertility problems prior to being exported to Qatar.

His dam is the high class Raqiyah (Amer), a multiple Gr1 PA winner, following successes in France (including two editions of Coupe d’Europe), Qatar and in Britain where she provided Olivier Peslier with a Gr1 PA victory on the prestigious King George card. Her first foal, the filly Badda (Séraphin du Paon), won in Qatar.

The mare has also yielded a pair of 3-year-olds, a colt by Kalino and a filly by Al Mamun Monlau, plus a 2-year-old by Hilal Al Zaman.

Two foals, both by Baseq Al Khalediah (Tiwaiq), were born to the mare this year.

The grandam, Sarahmina (Toronado de Syrah), produced the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge des 4ans (Gr1 PA) third Tameemah (Amer), plus Neef (General). The latter won the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr3 PA). This is the line of Bergeronnette (Djourna).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Lou Romirz

 

 

Burning Sand

 

 

 

 

Du Smaragda

 

TM Fred Texas

 

 

 

 

 

Kong

 

 

Queen Kong

 

 

 

 

Sahara Croixnoire

ABBES (M4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wafi

 

 

Amer

 

 

 

 

Bushra

 

Raqiyah

 

 

 

 

 

Toronado de Syrah

 

 

Sarahmina

 

 

 

 

Amina de Pedalia

 

A son of the champion Raqiyah. Bred by his owner at the Haras du Grand Courgeon and, having spent his pre-training period with Éric Ventrou, Abbes has a regal pedigree. He’s a son of TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand), and this particularly successful Al Shaqab Racing sire was plagued by fertility problems prior to being exported to Qatar.

His dam is the high class Raqiyah (Amer), a multiple Gr1 PA winner, following successes in France (including two editions of Coupe d’Europe), Qatar and in Britain where she provided Olivier Peslier with a Gr1 PA victory on the prestigious King George card. Her first foal, the filly Badda (Séraphin du Paon), won in Qatar.

The mare has also yielded a pair of three-year-olds, a colt by Kalino and a filly by Al Mamun Monlau, and a two-year-old by Hilal Al Zaman.

Two foals, both by Baseq Al Khalediah (Tiwaiq), were born to the mare this year.

The grandam, Sarahmina (Toronado de Syrah), produced the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge des 4ans (Gr1 PA) third Tameemah (Amer), plus Neef (General). The latter won the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr3 PA). This is the line of Bergeronnette (Djourna).