Battash De Faust wins Prix Djourman
Battash De Faust, who is trained by Mrs J.F Bernard, marked his first win on the board in the Prix Djourman at La Teste on Friday 16 August 2019, for the colours of Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Attiyah. Battash De Faust was keen in the early stages of the seven- furlong race for three-year-old Purebred Arabians and so jockey Guillaume Guedj Gay allowed him to come up the inside of the running field to join the leaders on the rail.
Turning into the straight, he began his run and despite hanging slightly in the straight, he pulled clear of the opposition to win by 2 lengths from Shadad, representing Al Shaqab Racing, trained by Charles Gourdain and ridden by Maxime Foulon. Another representative of Al Shaqab Racing, Alghaf, finished in third by a neck, for trainer The Thomas Fourcy and jockey Laurie Foulard.
Mrs. Bernard commented: “He has a lot of character. The young girl who rides him in the mornings has done an extraordinary job with him over the last four months. Guillaume Guedj-Gay had a weight allowance, which helped. I like this young jockey. He has a lot of passion and talent.”
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. He had previously run three times over 1900 meters, for two places, and looked to appreciate the shorter trip on Friday.
Source: JDG/QREC. Image by: Robert Polin