TOULOUSE (FR), APRIL 26th, 2021

Gr2 PA - 4 year-old fillies - 2,000m (10f) - €30,000

In a race devoid of pace, you don’t want to be in a position where you have too much ground to make up in the straight! Jalela (Mister Ginoux), one of three Thomas Fourcy runners in the Sheikh Mansoor Festival Prix Nefta (Gr2 Pa), made a beeline for the lead, and none of her rivals got a look-in when she quickened the tempo at the beginning of the straight! She dominated by two and a half lengths at the main expense of Elaf (Rabbah de Carrère). The latter raced in second throughout, whereas Zarra Star (Azadi), who claimed minor honours, was another case in point, having raced... in third position! Alkedri (Mister Ginoux) finished at the foot of the podium in fourth, whereas the Gr1 PA winning Alawasj (Dahor de Brugère) disappointed on her return after finishing last.

A deserved victory. Trainer Thomas Fourcy said: "She was certainly more forward in terms of her condition than the others runners in the stable, as she gives more generously of herself in the mornings. She’s a good filly and was fully entitled to win such a race. She could tackle older mares later on in the season. Alawasj didn’t race in Australian type blinkers and, without the headgear, she simply doesn’t give of herself. As for Amel, she’s undoubtedly still on the tender side."

The best is yet to come from Elaf. The racing manager of Sheikh Mansoor's French team, Thierry Delègue, said of the second Elaf: "We’ve always thought a lot of her, and a filly who has perhaps been on the backward side, has improved a lot during the winter. She enjoyed a rest period at stud and really thrived as a result. She's been back in training for a while now, but she’s going to improve for the race. She's a really interesting prospect in the 4-year-old fillies’ division this season. »

Zarra Star: a gamble that pays off. Olivier Trigodet trains the third Zarra Star and he said us: "She wasn’t disgraced when up against the ‘boys’ at Pau during the winter. She was doing her best work towards the finish, having come from a long way back. She subsequently went on to win her maiden at Mont-de-Marsan in really good style after going clear. She’s a filly who is getting tougher. The bare result proves that she has gone up a level. In the final 200m, when Alkedri (Mister Ginoux) launched her attack, I was thinking of terms of fourth place. However, she dug deep to hold third. She delivered a brave effort and is steadily getting better. She had a good race and didn’t weaken. There was an element of risk involved in coming here as she was tackling some very classy 4-year-old PA fillies, but it proved a conclusive test and we’re satisfied with third place. »

The sister of Al Ghashamiya. Based at the Haras de Thouars where he stands on behalf of Al Shaqab Racing, Mister Ginoux (Amer) has enjoyed remarkable success with his first two crops. Bred by Al Shaqab Racing at the Haras du Grand Courgeon, Jalela is out of Nefertarie (Mahabb), and this mare has generated a previous winner Al Ghashamiya (General). She, in common with her sister, was also second in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA). The grandam Menine (Manganante) was responsible for producing the Prix de Carthage (Gr2 PA) winning Sousoff (Sousse). Menine is also the grandam of the stallion Manark (Mahabb). The latter won the Dubai Kahayla Classic (Gr1 PA). The great grandam is none other than the celebrated Mandore (Grabiec) – the much heralded broodmare which we associate with Jean-Marc de Watrigant...














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