Qatar Arabian World Cup: Hoggar de l'Ardus is on top of the world 


Qatar Arabian World Cup: Hoggar de l'Ardus is on top of the world 

ParisLongchamp (FR), October 3rd, 2021

Gr1 PA - 4 year-olds & up - 2,000m (10f) - €1,000,000

After landing the Qatar des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4ans (Gr1 PA) in very good style, Hoggar de l'Ardus (Mister Ginoux) followed up with a third in the Doha Cup - Prix Manganate (Gr1) which proved a tactical affair. Thomas Fourcy is very savvy when it comes to preparing his horses for the big assignments, and he enjoyed his fourth win in the race billed as the Arc de Triomphe for PA horses. The 4-year-old carries the colours of Sheikha Reem Bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani. It marked a sixth win for the team of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani in this race, and he told us: "It’s a record and luck was on our side today. Lady Princess (General) is very smart and so we beat a good horse. I'm looking to the future and am already thinking about the 2022 edition!"

Lady Princess runs a blinder. As expected, Soko (Nieshan) went to the front, but the presence of Maxr (Jaafer SF), who sat on his tail, put his nose out of joint and he gave up the ghost fairly quickly. At the beginning of the straight, Hoggar de l'Ardus was still among the backmarkers with Lady Princess (General) in his wake. To avoid traffic problems along the rail, Oisin Murphy got first run on his mount, as the mare delivered her challenge towards the centre of the track. After easily taking the measure of Tayf (Amer), she appealed as the likely winner: and her 200m split timed at 12''81 was the fastest of the race. However, Hoggar de l'Ardus, having ‘darted’ towards the rail, finished best of all to nail the spoils by a short head. Tayf was a length and a half further away in third.

A Fourcy 1-2-3. Thomas Fourcy saddled half of the runners in this edition of the race and he said:  "The ground was very testing and particularly so for PA horses. The last 50 metres were very tough for Lady Princess, but she lost no kudos in finishing second. Hoggar de l'Ardus had the ideal trip, having plotted an inside course. A horse on the upgrade he was a comparative late addition to the yard. Although he has done nothing but progress. He was very impressive in the Qatar Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes at Chantilly, and I knew that the ground would not inconvenience him. He has been gaining in confidence with each race. It’s possible that he will head to Doha to tackle the Emir's Sword, before perhaps racing in Dubai. We need to discuss this with his owners. I’m quite happy with all my horses. There was a ‘monster’ presence in this race (Ebraz), but we laid the groundwork in the morning. Given the presence of a lot of our horses, we did a very good job. Hoggar de L'Ardus is a horse on an upward curve, and he was a comparative late addition to the yard. Constantly evolving, he's a really good horse. Lady Princess ran another cracking race, and it's a shame that she came up a head shy at the wire. We can’t blame the jockey, but he may have made his effort a fraction too soon on the mare. Tayf, at the age of nine, proved that he still retains plenty of ability.  Nalink (Amer) has been a bit (unlucky) and needs to toughen up.  The winning jockey Mickaël Barzalona, added:  "He is a very straight forward ride. I had Olivier Peslier in front of me, and he’s very familiar with this race. So I preferred to track him. After becoming aware that the race was there for taking, I pulled my horse to the inside. Initially, the horse didn't respond, before getting his act together by producing a big finish. Alas, I felt that there was contact with on the horse on the rails. However, this was due to the concertina effect of the horse on my outside shifting in, and so I wasn’t involved in the stewards’ enquiry."

The Meunier father and son team enjoy the limelight. Since 1986, Philippe Meunier and his son Maxence have bred a total of 55 PA horses aged four and above. Starting from scratch, ten per cent of the horses which they have bred have gained black type, including the Gr1 PA winning pair (Miesque de l'Ardus and Hoggar de l'Ardus). These successes have inspired them in the sense that the "father and son" team have never stood still, having learned as much in defeat as in victory... and Philippe Meunier told us in the aftermath:  "Winning such a race is an exceptional experience. When I entrusted the horse to Thomas Fourcy at the beginning of the year, I told him: “You have the winner of the PA equivalent of the Arc.” Given the quality of his string, he gave me a rather strange look! What he has achieved as a 4-y-old is great." Hoggar de l'Ardus initially raced in the colours of his breeder and for trainer Élisabeth Bernard. Although he had already transferred to Thomas Fourcy in the wake of his second career win, before being sold to his current owner. Paul Basquin (Saubouas Bloodstock), having brokered the deal, told us: "The horse has a remarkable turn of foot. He’s something special. A splendid type, he’s a horse for the future."

The (great) success of Mister Ginoux and Nacrée Al Maury. Hoggar de l'Ardus was bred by Philippe Meunier. He was a €14,000 buy back at the Arqana PA Sale. He’s a son of the Haras de Thouars-based sire Mister Ginoux (Amer). It also enabled the young Al Shaqab Racing stallion to enjoy his first PA Gr1 winner [as a sire], and his stud fee (1.500 €) is very modest. Given that the sire has been bred to a number of moderate mares, he has already managed to produce five PA Group winners out of 19 starters in France! Mister Ginoux is out of  Nacrée Al Maury (Kesberoy), and the Bruno Bellaud mare is also the dam of this year’s Qatar Arabian World Cup second Lady Princess (General.

The dam, Alfa de l'Ardus (Kash de l'Ardus), raced just the once without winning. Hoggar de l'Ardus is her second foal but first winner. She has foaled to Beune de l'Ardus (Akbar) this year. The mare is due to return to Mister Ginoux! The grandam, Lasma de l'Ardus (Djelfor), was placed in Belgium. Her best product, Dakare de l'Ardus (Amperor des Cèdres) was a dual winner in Belgium. She is closely related to the Prix Chéri Bibi (Gr2 PA) second Aakif (Munjiz).














Mister Ginoux









Nacrée Al Maury





Nectarine Al Maury











Kash de l'Ardus





Toundra  l’Ardusson


Alfa de l'Ardus









Lasma de l’Ardus








Gr1 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 2,000m - €1,000,000

1st        HOGGAR DE L'ARDUS (57.5) C4

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

            Owners: H.E. Sheikha R. Bin Khalifa Al Thani & H.H. Sheikh Moh. Bin Khalifa Al Thani
            Breeder: Ph. Meunier

            Trainer: T. Fourcy
            Jockey: M. Barzalona

Arqana, Saint-Cloud, Purebred Arabian Sale 2019, €14,000, Ardus (bought back)

2nd       LADY PRINCESS (56) F5

            (General & Nacrée Al Maury, by Kesberoy)

            Owner: K. Bin Sheail Al Kuwari
            Breeders: E.A.R.L. Champ Gignoux & Ms E. Bellaud

            Trainer: T. Fourcy
            Jockey: O. Murphy

3rd       TAYF (58) 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: O. Peslier

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Ebraz, Abbes, Nalink, Khataab, Messi, Mounjared Al Cham, Soko, Amwaj Al Khalediah, Melabi, Maxr, Khateer Al khalediah & Rodess du Loup.

All ran (15).

(Turf) Heavy. 2'21"02. Distances: SNECK - 1 1/2 - 1 1/4.