Helal Alalawi: "We wish to be represented in those races on the Arc weekend"


Helal Alalawi: "We wish to be represented in those races on the Arc weekend"

The Emirati owner-trainer Helal Alalawi has recently expanded his operations into Europe. After Soko (Neishan) finished third in the Qatar Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr1 PA), he acquired a fifty per cent stake in the colt, which he owns in partnership with the Écurie de Syrah and Haras du Saubouas – and it was in his colours that Soko tasted Group1 PA success in the Doha Cup - Prix Manganate at Deauville. However, Soko is just one of his six horses which are trained in France. He said: "Racing in France is one of my priorities after the Gulf states. There is no owner or trainer who can ever dispense with competing in France if they wish to achieve global recognition."

Helal Alalawi’s first taste of France was as a trainer when he sent Byerley Racing’s Sniper de Monlau (Câlin du Loup) to contest the 2017 edition of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) at Chantilly. Last year, he acquired Jugurtha de Monlau (Al Mamun Monlau) who gave him his first French winner as an owner in the Prix ACA at Vichy, with the same horse going on to be second to Hattal (Mahabb) in the Gr1 PA UAE President Cup-UK Arabian Derby.

This year he has decided to expand his French interests, as, in addition Soko, he has acquired several other horses, including Itchy de Nacre (Al Mamun Monlau). The latter, having been placed in Spain, won the Prix Flipper-Wathba Stallions Cup at Mont-de-Marsan. Both these horses will be heading to Paris and Helal Alalawi explained: "We aspire to compete in the races on the Arc weekend this year. Our experience of the 2021 French season has been a very successful one. After tackling the Qatar Arabian World Cup, Soko will head to Abu Dhabi for the Jewel Crown which carries a purse of 5 million dirhams. Itchy de Nacre will go to Saint-Cloud for the big race for colts, after which he will be aimed at the Arabian Triple Crown series which is also staged at Abu Dhabi. Following that, he will return to France for the 2022 season."

Helal Alalawi also has two well-related young horses which have gone into pre-training in France. They are an unnamed colt by Aim South (Burning Sand) out of Kerlea des Pins (Kerbella), which makes him a half-brother to Kerless Del Roc (Dahess). The latter won three races at Al Ain last season. He has been joined by Surf Al Maury (Majd Al Arab) who is out of Si Cruelle Al Maury (Djou Said). This is the family of Savavit Al Maury (Dormane) and Sylvine Al Maury (Munjiz).

Also based in France is the PA 3-year-old Najima du Soleil (Munjiz), a half-brother to Amyr du Soleil (Amer), and currently in training with Élisabeth Bernard. The owner hopes that he will make his debut imminently but, if not, he will race in the UAE during the winter before returning to Europe with a view to racing in France and Britain, and hitting the UAE President Cup circuit in 2022.

Of the forthcoming UAE season he says: «"I’m so excited in view of the PA horses and English thoroughbreds which I have in the yard for other owners and my own account.  Najima du Soleil looks a classy type, and there is also Khalid Zaman’s Fettah du Loup (Kerbella). I’m also able to rely on Byerley Racing’s RB Frynchh Dude (Baseq Al Khalediah), and winner of the Madjani Stakes and Round 1 of the Al Maktoum Challenge last season. However, for now, I’m focused on the Arc weekend and the prospects of Itchy de Nacre and Soko. Kalifano de Ghazal (Dahess) will be going to Toulouse for the Prix Magnésie."