Doha Cup - Prix Manganate: Soko's red letter day


Doha Cup - Prix Manganate: Soko's red letter day

Deauville (FR), August 10th, 2021

Gr1 PA - 4 year-olds & up - 2,000m (10f) - €50,000

One date will linger long in the memory for Jean-Luc Jardel and Olivier Trigodet: 10 August 202. As it enabled the trainer to win his first Gr1 PA race. As for the breeder and co-owner, it marked his return to the top level of the sport thanks to Soko (Nieshan). The 4-year-old won the Doha Cup - Prix Manganate (Gr1 PA) by 5 ½ lengths against older horses. On a soft ground, the final time also proved among the fastest (2'17''94) of recent seasons. The performance gains added kudos as Soko beat no less than five Gr1 PA winners! The colt runs for a partnership consisting of the Emirati Helal Alalawi (in whose colours Soko races), the Haras de Saubouas and Jean-Luc Jardel.

From pillar to post. Olivier Peslier didn't hang about: having let Soko roll as the combination took the lead from the off, with the horse travelling well within himself, as Mon'nia (Amer) kept close attendance. On the farside, the pacesetter was reined back a bit, and Olivier Peslier is a past master at this! Soko then attempted to give his rivals the slip by producing a sudden burst which enabled him to dash two lengths clear some 400m from the finish. At this point, we were all anticipating that the favourites would reel in the leader, only for Soko to impressively pull out more.  As, on reaching the wire, he had increased his lead to more than five lengths under the impost of 56kgs (8st 11lb) Mon'nia, carrying 55.5kgs (8st 10lb), was second. Hoggar de l'Ardus (Mister Ginoux), having come from well off the pace, was a close third.

Heading to Doncaster. Olivier Trigodet told us: « I have always considered him as a Gr1 horse. Despite the level of the opposition, I was quite confident today, as the softer conditions were to his advantage. He is a colt that allies physique, stride pattern and substance. I was happy to see him race from the front. He bears the clear imprint of his sire in terms of build and temperament. In the morning he's easy going, but in the afternoon he can be very keen. Soko ran very well in the Derby des 4 Ans in which he was third. We could be heading for the big 4-y-old race at Doncaster on 11 September. He has the profile for the British race. He's a horse that doesn't have to force himself and is tough. He's capable of winding up the pace from the front and sustaining his effort. I think he can be a really good 5-y-old. Physically, I think he can still grow. Today he confirmed the high esteem in which we hold him. It's also a great reward for Monsieur Jardel. » Paul Basquin, the co-owner, brokered the deal and he told us:  «He has an unusual physique and stride. The orders were to let him stride on and do his own thing, and he is proving to be a class act. He’s a late bloomer that needs some fine-tuning. Well done to his trainer as he’s done a great job. I bought him for an Emirati owner. I retained a quarter share and Jean-Luc Jardel did likewise. He is devoid of Amer (Wafi) blood and has a future as a stallion. I'm delighted for Helal Alalawi as he's the first horse I've bought from him. »

Mon'Nia gears herself up for the Arc card. Julian Smart said: « Today was a race that acted as a stepping stone. The programme is not easy as horses that have contested the Qatar Gold Sword (Gr1 PA) we are obliged to wait [in terms of time gap]. However, the timing of this race was right for Mon'Nia, especially as this wasn’t her target. The winner went to the front, but, on the whole, the fancied contenders finished well and were second and third. This conforms to our way of gearing up for the big race in October. Well done to Soko who took off without being caught. »

Hoggar de l'Ardus finishes very strongly. Thomas Fourcy told us: « Hoggar de l'Ardus ran very well, especially as he wasn’t fully wound up. He took a while to get into the race, having taken time to warm to the task. This was the prelude to him accelerating at the beginning of the straight. Today’s race wasn’t his objective and the jockey respected him at the end. Khataab again showing his mettle, having finished fourth behind the best. He gave very generously of himself during the race, and he hit a small flat spot when Mon'nia left him a little flat-footed. There is nothing to say as he’s run to form. As for Um Taj (Al Mamun Monlau), it was a tough ask for her against the boys in this company. We will mull it over before deciding to what to do with her.  » On this August 10th card at Deauville, according to the system which records the sectional times, it was Hoggar de l'Ardus who recorded the best fractions. On a soft track, he covered 200m in 11'97s. The best split of the winner Soko was 12''03 in comparison...

The second Gr1 PA winner of Nieshan. Soko honours the Jean-Luc Jardel breeding academy. He is the second Gr1 PA winner generated by Nieshan (Akbar) after Hadi de Carrère (Nieshan). This stallion is based at the Haras de Carrère near Toulouse. The dam Saka (Tornado de Syrah) ran twice without success. Soko is her third winner after Sia (Akbar), succcesful in France and Holland, and Shen (Meliar Halab). The latter won an amateurs’ race. Saka was bred to Al Mourtajez (Dahess) in 2020.

The grandam Sainte Lucie (Dormane) made no impression in her two career starts. None of  her five runners in France has reached the winner’s enclosure.

The great grandam has produced Jalnar Al Khalidiah (Tiwaiq), the winner of the Prix Manganate at Deauville (Gr1 PA), and second in the Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA). At stud, Jalnar Al Khalidiah has produced top-class horses. This is the line responsible for Jarnin (Akbar), the winner of the Prix du President des UAE (Gr1 PA) at Deauville, and the H.H. The President Cup (Gr1 PA) at Abu Dhabi. This is one of the lines of Nevada II (Djanor).


























Jade des Pins





D'jadie de Teoul











Tornado de Syrah





Pom du Berlais











Sainte Lucie





Jody de Syrah



The sectionals

First 1.000m: 1’11’’74

1.000m to 600m: 28’’67

600m to 400m: 12’’94

400m to 200m: 12’’01

Final 200m: 12’’58

Temps total: 2’17’’94



Gr1 - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m - €50,000

1st        SOKO (56) C4

            (Nieshan & Saka, by Tornado de Syrah)

            Owner: H. Al Alawi

            Breeder: J.-L. Jardel

            Trainer: O. Trigodet

            Jockey: O. Peslier

2nd       MON'NIA (55,5) F5

            (Amer & Margouia, by Tidjani)

            Owner: H.E. Sheikha Y. Bin Khalifa Al-Thani

            Breeder: Al Shahania Stud

            Trainer: J. Smart

Jockey: M. Guyon

3rd       HOGGAR DE L'ARDUS (56) C4

            (Mister Ginoux & Alfa de l'Ardus, by Kash de l'Ardus)

            Owner: H.H. Cheikha R. Al Thani

Breeder: M. Philippe Meunier

            Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: J. Augé

Arqana, Saint-Cloud, vente de pur-sang arabes 2019, €14,000, Ardus (bought back)

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Khataab, Hayyan, Rodess du Loup, Um Taj, Bel'Izam, Maxr & Séraphin du Panjshir.

All ran (10).

(Turf) Souple. 2'17"94. Distances: 5 1/2 - NECK - 1 1/4.