Qatar International Stakes - Lady Princess at the top of her game


Qatar International Stakes - Lady Princess at the top of her game

Goodwood (GB), July 28th 2021

Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds & up - 1,600m (1m) - £393,480

There was no recourse to the photo finish at the end of the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1 PA)! Beaten at La Teste by Mon'nia (Amer), Lady Princess (General) set the record straight by easily winning the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1 PA). The four leading contenders, Ebraz (Amer), Tayf (Amer), Deryan (Dahhab), and Lady Princess (General), all found themselves towards the rear in the early stages. However, the PA British horses, having set the tempo, paled in comparison once the four heavyweights got going. The Oisin Murphy-ridden Lady Princess kept tabs on Deryan, and, once the mare been switched around that rival, the Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari standard bearer powered her way to the line. Ebraz held second from Tayf, but the latter had to change course, having also lost his action. However, he subsequently finished very fast. Deryan was fourth.

Thomas Fourcy said: "The rider of Lady Princess, Oisin Murphy, always kept Deryan in his sights, and once the mare was switched for her run, 150m from the wire, she very quickly got on top. Gaining in maturity, the mare doesn’t race as freely as in the past despite the fact that she got a little stirred up in the gates. She has her own quirks but it’s precisely those which are her strengths. Her programme will be geared to the Qatar Arabian World Cup, before heading to Saudi Arabia and Qatar where a crack at the Emir's Sword awaits. We will play it by ear as regards whether she will have a prep race prior to the World Cup or not. Regarding Tayf, I would have liked him to have had a smoother passage in the straight. He got checked in his run before finding a second wind and finishing with a real flourish. He's not a horse made for sprint finishes. However, I think he would have fought out second with Ebraz. He ran a blinder and was very willing to boot. He will head straight to the Qatar Arabian World Cup as last year."

The sister of Mister Ginoux. Lady Princess is the pride and joy of her breeders, Élodie and Bruno Bellaud. The filly was bought as a foal by Paul Basquin on behalf of Lisa and Pierre Deymonaz. She then spent time at the Haras du Saubouas. Gérard Larrieu acquired her on behalf of her current owner in the aftermath of her victorious debut. The bloodstock agent told us at the backend of the season: "I wasn't there in person when she won on her debut at Toulouse, but did see the race on the Equidia channel, and, as soon as she had passed the post, I called Pierre Deymonaz with a view to buying her! I’ve very rarely seen a PA horse move so fluently."

Lady Princess is a daughter of General (Amer), himself a performer of the highest order, and later to become part of the Haras du Grand Courgeon stallion draft. Her dam, Nacrée Al Maury (Kesberoy), won the Prix Damas (Gr3 PA). Her first foal, the Al Shaqab sire Mister Ginoux (Amer), covers from the Haras de Thouars. The winner of five races, he captured the Qatar International Trophy (Gr1 PA), the Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr2 PA), beating Gazwan (Amer) no less, and the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge at Toulouse (Gr3 PA). Mister Ginoux has all the hallmarks of being a top notch PA sire.

Nectarine Al Maury (Baroud III), the grandam, produced No Risk Al Maury (Kesberoy), the winner of ten PA Group races, and currently a successful Shadwell sire in residence at the Haras de Saint-Faust. Nectarine al Maury is also the grand dam of No Problem Al Maury (Dormane). The latter won the President of the UAE Cup Malazgirt Trophy (Gr1 PA). This is the much trumpeted line of Nevada II (Djanor).























Al Hanoof





Pesennaia 48








Saint Laurent










Nacrée Al Maury






Baroud III



Nectarine Al Maury








Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 1,600m - £400.000

1st        LADY PRINCESS M5

            (General & Nacrée Al Maury, by Kesberoy)

            Owner: K. Bin Shaeil Al Kuwari

Breeder: E.A.R.L. du Champ Ginioux & Mrs E. Bellaud

            Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: O. Murphy

2nd       EBRAZ H8

            (Amer & Massamarie, by Tidjani)

            Owner: H.E. Sheikha R. Mohamed K. H. Al Thani

Breeder: Al Shahania Stud

            Trainer: J. Smart

Jockey: T. O’Shea

3rd       TAYF H9

            (Amer & Djelmila, by Manganate)

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

            Breeder: H.H. Sheikh A. Bin Khalifa Al Thani

            Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: R Thomas

All ran (11)

(Turf) Soft. 1'50"94. Distances: 3  1 1/4 - 1/2.