Prix Burkeguy - Wathba Stallions Cup: Khateer Alkhalediah makes it five on the bounce

04.09.2021

Prix Burkeguy - Wathba Stallions Cup: Khateer Alkhalediah makes it five on the bounce

Mont-de-Marsan (FR), July 30th 2021

L PA - 4-year-olds & up - 1,600m (1m) - €20,000

Following a hitch which impacted the placing of bets, this renewal of the Prix Burkeguy - Wathba Stallions Cup (L PA) was delayed for over an hour. Khateer Alkhalediah (Laith Al Khalediah) came into the race on the back of a four-race winning streak, including a Listed victory at San Sebastian, and, on the book, he was expected to beat a horse in the same ownership, the returning Amyr du Soleil (Amer). In fact, the representative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani excelled on this Friday card after making every post a winning one.

Courageous to a fault. Sporting a red cap, Khateer Alkhalediah made a good start and took the lead. After setting a steady pace if nothing else, jockey Gary Sanchez took it upon himself to take a peek between his legs so as to judge the extent of the lead. The Élisabeth Bernard runner then upped the tempo at the beginning of the straight, before turning back the persistent attentions of the hot favourite Amyr du Soleil. The latter went down by a short head on his return. Hazzam (Al Mamun Monlau) was a length further back in third.

The Qatar Arabian World Cup enters calculations. Élisabeth Bernard told Equidia after Khateer Alkhalediah's victory: "It's a great victory for several reasons. The horse was born in Saudi Arabia and we’ve been very close to the stud in question and stable have for three years. We ended up by having a lot of grief, as the horses were in training for over a year but without seeing the racecourse. So we’ve turned this situation around with interest. Secondly, he’s a representative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, who puts his trust in a woman trainer. He is surrounded by very likeable young professionals. I would also thank the work riders. All things being equal, he will be aimed at the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) at ParisLongchamp."

The brother of Jalab Al Khalidiah. Bred by Al Khalediah Stables, Khateer Alkhalediah is a son of Laith Al Khalediah (Tiwaiq), the sire of the renowned pair Mubasher Al Khalediah and Mutwakel Al Khalediah. The dam Édèle de Carrère (Djourman) has already produced Jalab Al Khalidiah (Amer), the winner of the Prix Manganate (Gr1 PA), plus Newmoon (Newday). The latter was third in the H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Triple Crown Round 3 (Gr2 PA). The grandam Laida du Cassou (Baroud III) is a defining presence in the contemporary PA studbook. She crops up in the pedigree of Arc de Ciel (Djendel), the Qatari PA Horse of the Year in 2000-2001, and future dam of the top class PA performer Gazwan (Amer). Khateer Alkhalediah is therefore closely related to Asraa Min Albarq (Amer), the winner of the Dubai International Stakes (Gr1 PA), and Areej (Amer), the mare who proved tops in the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) in 2011… a list that is by no means exhaustive. This is one of the strains of the Nevada II (Djanor) line.

MONT-DE-MARSAN (FRA), JULY 30th

PRIX BURKEGUY - WATHBA STALLIONS CUP

L PA - 4-year-olds and up - 1,600m - €20.000

1st        KHATEER ALKHALEDIAH (58) H5

            (Laith Alkhalediah & Edèle de Carrère, by Djourman)

            Owner: H.H. Sheikh Moh. Bin Khalifa Al Thani

            Breeder: Al Khalediah Stables

            Trainer: Mrs J.-F. Bernard

             Jockey: G. Sanchez

2nd       AMYR DU SOLEIL (59) H5

            (Amer & Balladore, by Dormane)

            Owner: H.H. Sheikh Moh. Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Breeder: Mrs L. Deymonaz

            Trainer: J. Smart

Jockey: I. Mendizabal

Arqana, Saint-Cloud, vente de pur-sang arabes 2018, €145,000, Saubouas (bought back)

3rd       HAZZAM (56) C4

            (Al Mamun Monlau & Fidwah, by Amer)

            Owner: Al Shaqab Racing

Breeder: Al Shaqab Racing

            Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Cabre

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Durat Al Zaman, Natalma Al Maury, Alhafar & Mzoon.

Non runner : Ifriqui.

(Turf) Soft. 1'46"50. Distances: SNECK - 1 - HEAD.