Raahah wins Gr1PA Qatar Arabian Trophy Des Juments
In presence of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatari-owned horses continued the dazzle when the His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned and bred Raahah (Asraa Min Albarq) won her first Group 1 (PA), recording her first success on her seventh attempt, when she landed the Gr1 PA Qatar Arabian Trophy Des Juments for four-year-old mares at ParisLongchamp on day 1 of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend, Saturday 5 October.
The black type 2,000-metre race carrying a purse of €150,000 was hotly contested, with a closely fought finish between the François Rohaut-trained and François-Xavier Bertras-ridden Raahah, who won by a neck. The Mrs Elizabeth Bernard-trained and Jean-Bernard Eyquem-ridden Jaazmah Athbah finished in second and the Royal Cavalry of Oman-owned and Charles Gourdain-trained Vivabaina was a further neck behind in third under Olivier Peslier.
Drawn wide, Raahah raced on the outside of the field with no cover. Jockey FX Bertras began asking her to accelerate in the final turn and the bay mare showed great bravery to battle the whole way down the straight, holding off a strong challenge from Jaazmah Athbah.
“She was very unlucky last time out, not any fault of hers but due to another runner”, commented winning jockey FX Bertras, “She has improved enormously lately and came into this race in top form. You need a tough runner to win today. Jaazmah Athbah put us under pressure in the final 50 meters, but Raahah is stubborn and never gives up!”
Source: JDG/QREC – Photos: Juhaim QREC