French Breeders' Challenge Classic
This race, reserved for the horses of 4 years old and more was run over 2200 m. Nine runners, males and females, from 4 to 7 years old were in the field, including several which had participated in the groups 1 PA at Chantilly on September 30th and October 1st, as Muneera (Dormane x Hamiya by Al Hasim) the winner of the Qatar Arabian Trophy (juments).
The race was run in 2 ' 30 " 5 with a very close finish which ended with the victory of the 4-year-old filly Almaa FR, (Amer x Nyriad by Dormane), ¼ length followed by the male of 7 years Handassa FR (Madjani x Ziva by Dormane). Muneera FR (Dormane x Hamiya by Al Hasim) took the third place with only a neck from the second.
The winner, Almaa, belongs to her breeder Al Shaqab Racing and is trained by Thomas Fourcy. Jockey Julien Augé rode the filly to the fourth victory of her career, victories which were all won in Toulouse, a course which suits her perfectly.
French Breeders' Challenge Poulains 2017
One thousand six hundred meters is the distance that seven three-year-old males had to run.
It was done in 1 ' 45 " 81 by the pupil of Charles Gourdain, Rodess de loup FR (Dahess x Aurore du Loup by Darike) who won by 2,5 lengths in front of Rawdah FR (Dahess x Orphe du Clos by Kerbella). Dynamites FR (Nashwan Al Khalidiah x Oleya du Loup by Kerbella) takes the third place ¾ length behind.
Rodess du Loup was born at Jean-Marc Saphores's and was raised in the Saint-Faust Stud which he joined at the age of 5 months. His owner is M. Khalifa Hamad Al Attiyah. The jockey Roberto-Carlos Montenegro led to his first victory of group PA but Rodess du Loup had already got noticed, at Saint-Cloud, end of September where he had taken the second place of the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr.1PA).
French Breeders' Challenge Pouliches 2017
The same distance to run as their male counterparts but with a higher number of runners, there were nine runners to participate in this race for the three-year-old fillies.
Almost as fast as the males, the winner, Najah FR (Munjiz x Dahwa by Tidjani) travelled the 1600 m in 1 ' 45 "99 under the saddle of Jean-Bernard Eyquem. Joudh FR (Mahabb x Shamayl by Kesberoy) takes the second place, 3 lengths behind, ¼ length followed by Wadeeaa FR (Mahabb x Gaira by Akbar) offering tripled to the stable YAS Horse Racing management of Abu Dhabi.
Najah, was born in Normandy at Wathba Stud the breeding of S.A. Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan and is trained by Frédéric Sanchez. Already a winner of a group 3 PA, she now goes to the next level with this group 2 PA win.
French Breeders' Challenge Sprint, Thursday 26th October 2017 at Toulouse
The last race of the series is, as its name suggests, for sprinters over 1400 m and is reserved for the males and the females of 4 years old and more. Six males between 4 and 5 years and a female of 4 years were in the field.
It was the oldest, the male of 5 years Mith' haf Athbah GB (Amer x Karouj by Karmah) that finished in 1 ' 31 " 15, 5/4 length in front of Barnamaj FR (No. Risk Al Maury x Tashreefat by Bengalese d' Albret). A quarter of length further behind was, Ateej USA (AF Albahar x Sahara Croixnoire by Ala Croixnoire) who took the third place.
Mith' haf Athbah was born in Great Britain at Mrs NF Al Tobaishi and belongs to Athbah Stud. He is trained by Philip Collington and Pierre-Charles Boudot was in the saddle.
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