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Akoya was victorious in the Qatar Cup – Prix Dragon

The Qatar Arc Trials day took place at ParisLongchamp on Sunday 15 September 2019, with the hopefuls for the biggest races on the weekend of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe lining up three weeks before the main event for their final preparation. Her Excellency Nadia Ahmed Al-Sheebi, Chargée D’affaires of the Embassy of the State of Qatar in Paris was present and presented the trophies to the winners of the two main races of the day, namely, the Qatar Cup – Prix Dragon (Gr 1 PA) and the G1 Qatar Prix Vermeille.

One month on from his success in the Doha Cup (Gr1 PA), at Deauville, Akoya was victorious in the Qatar Cup – Prix Dragon (Gr1 PA), on Sunday at ParisLongchamp, on Qatar Arc Trials day.

Trained by Karin Van Den Bos, the 5-year-old horse went from pillar to post, never threatened by second-place finisher Al Shamoos. Akoya was running for the first time at Paris Longchamp three weeks prior to his main objective, the Qatar Arabian World Cup, in which he will be facing a much tougher field.

Van den Bos duo are earmarked for the big occasion

Théo Bachelot, back on board Akoya after the combination’s Deauville win, said: « I let the horse get into a rhythm. The horse is blessed with early pace, with a stride to match, and he has good acceleration at the business end. He really impressed me on this occasion. He didn’t have a hard race and there is a three week gap to his next race. He was getting his first taste of ParisLongchamp and it’s quite something to have pulled it off in these conditions. »

Karin van den Bos, the winning trainer, added: « Akoya is in tip-top shape and has come on a lot for his last race at Deauville on August 10th. He has even strengthened up. He hails from a family of late developers and sturdy types in terms of physique, and was until recently still growing at the age of five. The horse is put out to grass for the whole day and is returned to his box at night. The mental aspect [with horses] is very important and particularly so with PA horses. »

Regarding matters tactical she added: « I’m very disappointed that this race attracted only three runners. I would love to have taken on Gazwan (Amer). Akoya is capable of making the running but he is tactically very versatile and can shine no matter how a race is run. I dream of winning the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA), but it’s not something which is easy to achieve as you can’t legislate for how events will pan on the big occasion. I’m also planning on running Lightning Bolt (Munjiz) in the big race in October. Akoya still has scope for further improvement before the big day, and he is exactly where I wanted him to be going into a prep race. »

Akoya was bred in France by her trainer Karin van den Bos. He’s a son of Muqatil Al Khalidiah (Tiwaiq), a Gr3 PA winner in Poland, having begun his career with Jean-François Bernard. Only two of his progeny have raced in France. He is notably inbred 3x4 to Dunixi (Flipper), and the dam l'Ombre del Sol (Tornado de Syrah) won three races in Belgium and Holland.

The grandam, Àl'Aube del Sol (Dunixi), generated Alibaba del Sol (Kerbella): the Jumeirah International Stakes (Gr2 PA) third. This performer, having been campaigned all Europe from the ages of three to eight, was also second in the French Arabian Breeders' Challenge Classic, which has since been elevated to Gr PA status. À La Volée (Djelfor), the great grandam, has produced three black type performers: Athlete del Sol (Dormane), the winner of the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Cup (Gr2 PA), plus Au Vol del Sol (Darike),

The President of The UAE Challenge Derby (Gr3 PA) victor, and The Jumeirah International Stakes Stakes (Gr2 PA) third Altis del Sol (Kesberoy). This is the heralded line associated with the ‘Pompadour’ broodmare band, and one which has become influential in a number of breeding establishments. It is the source of performers such as Albany ( third in The Hatta International Stakes, Gr1 PA), Anastasya (French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Mile & Abu Dhabi Int’l Championship, Grs1 PA), Dubai Heros (Coupe de France, Gr1 PA), Malik du Pouy (second in The Arabian Breeders’ Cup Classic, Gr1 PA) and Antheus de la Varde. The latter was runner-up in the Prix Abu Dhabi (Gr1 PA).
Source: JDG/QREC - Photo by: Zuzanna Lupa

Battash De Faust wins Prix Saint Laurent

Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Attiyah’s Battash De Faust had broken his maiden three weeks ago at La Teste, France. The three-year-old chestnut colt followed it up with a second victory in the Prix Saint-Laurent at Dax, France on Sunday 8 September 2019.  Back over 1,400 metres, he seems to have found his preferred distance, having now won two from two over this trip.

Trained by Madame Elizabeth Bernard, he won the race for three-year-old Arabians by a neck with Guillaume Guedj Gay in the saddle. The Al Shaqab Racing-owned and Thomas Fourcy-trained Mkayns was the runner-up and was ridden by Laurie Foulard. Alghaf who is also owned by Al Shaqab Racing and trained by Thomas Fourcy was further two lengths behind in third under Michael Forest.

Battash De Faust is a half-brother to the Group 1 winner Easter De Faust. He is by AF Albahar, who is also the sire of Alsaker
Source: JDG/QREC - Image by Robert Polin

Mon’Nia wins Prix Mona Lisa

For her first start in competition, Mon’Nia carried the colours of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani to victory in the Prix Mona Lisa at Mont-de-Marsan, France on Saturday 7 September 2019. The filly of Amer travelled well throughout the race up near the leaders, but looked to have lost the win to Al Efreeta.

However, the latter hung sharply two furlongs from the line, leaving a clear path for Mon’Nia, who, with Clement Cadel in the saddle, took the chance to win the 2000m race for three-year-old maiden pure Arabian fillies.

The Al Shaqab Racing-owned and Thomas Fourcy-trained Al Efreeta and Ajaweed were three quarters of a length in second and three and a half lengths in third under Julien Auge and Laurie Foulard respectively.

They gifted us the race”, commented Mon’Nia’s trainer, Julian Smart, “but Mon’Nia is a filly that I like a lot. She shows plenty of talent in the mornings. She is a full sister to Assy and she has a promising future.”
Source: JDG/QREC - Image by Robert Polin

Min’Ha scores her first group wins in French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Challenge – Pouliches (Gr2 PA)

Bred and owned by H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, Min’Ha won her first Group race in the French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Challenge – Pouliches (Gr2 PA) at Toulouse, France on Friday, 6 September 2019. The three-year-old filly, who is trained by François Rohaut, jumped well from an inside draw although ran keen in the early stages.

She then settled in behind the leaders on the rail, relaxing well before they began to accelerate coming out of the final turn. Despite showing some immaturity when under pressure, she went clear to win the 2000m race for three-year-old fillies by three quarters of a length. She was ridden here by François-Xavier Bertras, who also rode her in her previous start when she broke her maiden at Dax on just the third time of asking. The Al Shaqab Racing–owned and Thomas Fourcy-trained Meethag was the runner-up under Jerome Cabre. The M’hammed Karimine-owned and Mme J F Bernard-trained Salma Nour Grine was a further length behind under Fayos Martin Borja.

Min’Ha is by No Risk Al Maury and is out of one of Al Shahania Stud’s most successful female families, being the daughter of Margouia, who is notably the dam of the champion Assy, winner of the HH The Amir Sword (G1 PA).
Source: JDG/QREC - Image by Robert Polin

Amyr Du Soleil shines again winning French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge – Poulains (Gr2 PA)

Having demolished the field last time out in the Prix Tidjani (Gr3 PA), Amyr Du Soleil (Amer), in the colours of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, once again pulled off an extraordinary performance at Toulouse on Friday, 6 September 2019, to win the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge – Poulains (Gr2 PA).
The three-year-old colt by Amer quickly took control of the field up on the lead, pulling easily clear of the racing pack under Julien Augé in the straight to win by two and a half lengths. Mme Robert Litt-owned and Philippe Sogorb-trained Emporio was the runner-up under Jack Martin. The Mohammed bin Fahad A.H AL Attiyah-owned and Francois Rohaut-trained Good Des Vialettes was three lengths behind in third under Francois Xavier Bertras.

We have always thought a lot of this colt”, trainer Thomas Fourcy commented after the race, “He’s physically still a bit immature, but he has so much class. When he is a four-year-old, he will be a horse for the Arc weekend. He is generous in his races, but he has a good character and is easy to manage.”

Amyr Du Soleil was bred by Lisa and Pierre Deymonaz. He is out of Balladore (Dormane), a full sister to Dormah de Brugère, a seven-time winner including the Jumeirah International Stakes (Gr2 PA) and the Arabian International Stakes (Gr2 PA).
Source: JDG/QREC - Image by Robert Polin

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