Sheikha Reem’s Ebraz wins Qatar Cup on Arc Trials day
â¢ Guyon leads Ebraz, trained by Smart, to the eighth Group 1 victory; Peslier guides Teona to surprise Qatar Prix Vermeille victory
Ebraz from HE Sheikha Reem bint Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Thani won the Arab Grand Prix, the Qatar Cup-Prix Dragon (Group 1 PA) during the Qatar Arc Trials day at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
Qatari Ambassador to France Sheikh Ali bin Jassim al-Thani presented the trophies to the winners of the main races at the Qatar-sponsored race meeting.
In addition to the Qatar Cup-Prix Dragon and the other event of the day, the Qatar Prix Vermeille (Group 1) is the final rehearsal of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Group 1 PA) and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Group 1). , to be taken in the same course over three weeks
Ali Saeed’s Teona won the thoroughbred feature film, the Qatar Prix Vermeille.
In the Qatar Cup (Group 1 PA), the legendary thoroughbred Arabian Ebraz achieved his eighth career success in Group 1.
Trained by Julian Smart, Ebraz has been in excellent shape this summer after winning a Group 2 at La Teste De Buch in July before finishing second in a Group 1 at Goodwood in August. The eight-year-old boy showed his tenacity in the final stages of the 2000m and was once again supervised by his regular jockey Maxime Guyon.
Ebraz applied his usual tactics and was held back towards the back of the field during the early stages of the race. His stable mate, Maxr, cut off the start of the race and quickly left the field. At the turn for home, Maxr started to struggle and was quickly closed off by the pitch 400m from the line. Artemis took the lead in the last 400 meters and started sliding down the field. After progressing steadily from the back of the pack, Ebraz suffered some interference 200m from home and still had four lengths to find on Artemis. Swung inward, Ebraz showed an incredible turn of the foot and quickly shut down Artemis inside the final 100 yards. Ebraz courageously takes the lead in the last strides and wins with a lead from Artemis. Nalink has always been in sight and was third at three lengths.
âHe’s exceptional; he has such a great foot circumference. He is simply better than the others but when he comes out on top he doesn’t overdo it, âsaid Guyon after the victory. âI guess that shows he has a lot of reserve left. He will be in great shape for the Qatar Arabian World Cup back here in three weeks. It will be more difficult, and we will have to see how he does.
Bred by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Thani, Ebraz is the brainchild of the legendary Arab stallion Amer. His dam Massamarie was a triple winner and was fundamental as a broodmare, with many Group 1 winners to her credit.
TEONA SURPRISE SPRINGS
Ridden by Olivier Peslier, it was Teona’s only second start in Group 1, but she edged out her six rivals in a sensational fashion by winning the Qatar Prix Vermeille.
Teona sat behind the leader of the early Mona Lisa and settled down well against the rails. Still traveling hard, Built Teona was placed five steps ahead of Snowfall. Joined halfway through by Joan of Arc, Teona approached La Joconde as the peloton headed for the last 600 meters. Despite brief interference on entering the straight, Teona was pulled away from La Mona Lisa by Peslier and stole the first set over the majority of her rivals. With a few steps ahead of the peloton in the 400m, Teona seemed difficult to beat and galloped strongly to the finish. Snowfall made some ground outside within the final 200 yards, but was held back by Teona, who then scored from a length to the line. Favorite Snowfall finished second, while the Mona Lisa match held up well in third place.
STRIDE FINAL LUNGE FOR A BUBBLE GIFT
One of three trials for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on the map, Group 2 Qatar Prix Niel was won by Bubble Gift, owned by Zak Bloodstock.
Bubble Gift, coached by Mikel Delzangles and ridden by Gerald Mosse, was selected last of the first five stages of the 2,400m competition. Locked in battle in the final 100 yards, Media Stream and Bubble Gift passed the post together and a photo was needed to separate the pair. Bubble Gift was announced the winner by a nose.
Shinji Maeda’s Deep Bond, saddled by Ryuji Okubu, won the Qatar Prix Foy Group 2 with flying colors yesterday.
Within the final 200 meters it was clear that Deep Bond, ridden by Cristian Demuro, had done enough to score and win by a length and a half off Broome.
Owner Antoine Gilbert’s familiar green and yellow bristles were carried to success by Berneuil, who showed an electric kick to win the Groupe Trois Qatar Prix Du Petit Couvert at ParisLongchamp.
Coached by Carlos and Yann Lerner, the four-year-old fast clinched a well-deserved victory at Group level under the direction of Christophe Soumillion. Berneuil scored three and a half lengths behind Collinsbay, while Wild Majesty took third place.
One of the most progressive horses of the season, Sagamiyra carried the Aga Khan’s colors to success in Group 3 Qatar Prix Du Pin. The four-year-old child trained at Delzangles achieved his first group success under a confident Soumillion.
Axdavali finished second by a length, while Speak Of The Devil took off to take third place.
Maxime Guyon (left) rides Ebraz to victory in the Qatar Cup-Prix Dragon (Group 1 PA) at ParisLongchamp.
Olivier Peslier leads Teona to the victory of the Qatar Prix Vermeille (Group 1) at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.