UAE President Cup - UK Arabian Derby: Abbes trots up prior to his Arc de Triomphe for PA horses bid


UAE President Cup - UK Arabian Derby: Abbes trots up prior to his Arc de Triomphe for PA horses bid

Doncaster (GB), September 11th, 2021

Gr1 PA - 4 year-olds - 2,000m (10f) - £78.696

Thomas Fourcy will be out in force in this year’s edition of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA), as he intends saddling eight runners: Lady Princess (General), Tayf (Amer), Khataab (Amer), Hoggar de l'Ardus (Mister Ginoux), Mounjared Al Cham (Azadi), Nalink (Amer), Melabi (Dahess) and the aforementioned Abbes (TM Fred Texas). The latter pressed his claims by winning the UAE President Cup - UK Arabian Derby (Gr1 PA) in the colours of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani on Saturday, September 11th at Doncaster,

Although Arion (Dahess) appealed as the likely winner after building a healthy lead at the business end of the race. Especially, as Abbes had a lot of ground to make up, having been laid back mode during the race. However, the future winner proved that he was a genuine Gr1 PA class, as he was to eventually leave his rivals rooted to the spot. Arion was four and a half lengths back in second. Alajab (No Risk Al Maury), the first home of the British contingent, was all of nine lengths plus further adrift in third.

A good trial race. Thomas Fourcy said: "He’s a good horse and takes life in his stride. The race panned out very well for him despite a sluggish start. He needs to boost his confidence by passing other horses during the race. Olivier Peslier knows how to ride him. He hit the front a bit too soon but otherwise his class prevailed. He will head to the Qatar Arabian World Cup. Saudi Arabia may also be part of our plans after that." Olivier Peslier added: "He's a good horse and I didn't need to use the whip. This race will serve as a prep for the big race."

A son of the high class Raqiyah. Bred by his owner at the Haras du Grand Courgeon, and put through his pre-training paces by Éric Ventrou, Abbes is regally bred. He’s a son of TM Fred Texas (Burning Sand), a very successful Al Shaqab Racing stallion, who alas experienced fertility problems before his export to Qatar.

His dam is the high class act Raqiyah (Amer), a multiple Gr1 PA winner in France (including two editions of the Coupe d’Europe), Qatar and Britain, where she rewarded Olivier Peslier

with Gr1 PA success on the King George card. Her first foal, the filly Badda (Séraphin du Paon), won in Qatar. The mare has produced two 3-year-olds, Salwa (Kalino), third in a Gr3 PA race on her debut before finishing second at La Teste; and a filly by Al Mamun Monlau (Munjiz); plus a 2-year-old by Hilal Al Zaman (Mencour). She also had two foals by Baseq Al Khalediah (Tiwaiq) this year.

The grandam, Sarahmina (Toronado de Syrah), has also yielded Tameemah (Amer), third in the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge des 4ans (Gr1 PA), and the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr3 PA) winner Neef (General). This is the line of Bergeronnette (Djournan).




San Lou Romirz



Burning Sand





Du Smaragda


TM Fred Texas









Queen Kong





Sahara Croixnoire
























Toronado de Syrah








Amina de Pedalia


Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds - 2,000m - £45,368

1st        ABBES (C4)

(TM Fred Texas & Raqiyah, by Amer)

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

Breeder : Scea Haras de Victot

Trainer: T. Fourcy

Jockey: O. Peslier

2nd       ARION (C4)

(Dahess & Kiss de Ghazal, by Dormane)

Owner: H.M. Al Ghatani

Breeders: H.M. Al Ghatani, Haras de Rabodanges & Haseg

Trainer: Mrs É. Bernard

Jockey: J.-B. Eyquem

3rd       ALAJAB (C4)

(No Risk Al Maury & Amaan, by Al Saoudi)

Owner: Shadwell Estate Company

Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company

Trainer: P. Collington

Jockey: D. O’Neill

(Turf). 2'19"200. Distances: 4 1/2 - 9 1/2 - 2 1/4.