The brilliant Al Ghadeer wins the Al Rayyan Cup in France
Hussain Ali Al Fadalah, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Qatar Embassy in France crowned the winners of the Al Rayyan Cup.
Deauville: The Deauville racecourse was the scene of two top races for the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) sponsored Purebred Arabian races yesterday.
Under the colors of Al Wasmiyah Racing, Al Ghadeer (Al Mourtajez x Gharraa) took victory in the Group 1 Pur Sang Arabe for the second time only, winning the Al Rayyan Cup (Prix Kesberoy) (Gr.1 PA) over 2,000m for the 3-year-olds, having dominated the field by five and a half lengths.
François Rohaut’s apprentice was climbed to the top by Christophe Soumillon.
Almost 30 minutes later, in the following race, Soko (Nieshan x Saka), owned by the Royal Cavalry of Oman, under the guidance of Cristian Demuro, managed to defend his title and win the Doha Cup (Prix Manganate) ( Gr.1 PA), against 2,000m for Purebred Arabians aged 4 and over for the second consecutive year.
Hussain Ali Al Fadalah, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Qatar Embassy in France with the connection of Doha Cup winner Soko.
Hussain Ali Al Fadalah, Minister Plenipotentiary of the Qatar Embassy in France, was present in Douville and crowned the winners of the two races, in the presence of Olivier Delloye, Managing Director of France Galop.
Al Wasmiyah Racing’s Al Ghadeer excels
Bought by Al Wasmiyah Racing after his first runner-up finish three weeks ago, Al Ghadeer wasted no time in paying off his connections and took the win. Transferred to the stable of François Rohaut since his debut, the talented colt’s success was the second leg of the doubles race for his trainer, who won this competition last year with HE Sheikha Reem bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Samlla (Assy).
Once out of the gate, the April-born colt settled into the back of the five riders on the opening stages. Follower of the counter-straight line, Al Ghadeer was hot on the heels of the leader Monaasib (Dahess). Traveling exceptionally well down the straight, the colt crossed to lead under Soumillon and never struggled. Reversing the classification with Joe Star (Al Mourtajez), who beat Al Ghadeer on his debut, the colt won by five and a half lengths.
Monaasib took third place, an incredible sixteen lengths from second.
Cristian Demuro guides Soko to Doha Cup victory.
Speaking after the race, the winning coach said: “He is extremely talented. We saw last year with Samlla what these Arabian horses can do. They look more and more like thoroughbreds. This is just the beginning of things to come with him. It’s only raced once before today and we’re excited for the future.
Soko retains the Doha Cup
Superb winner of the Doha Cup last year and wearing the colors of the Royal Cavalry of Oman, the 50-year-old retained his crown in a thrilling final of the Doha Cup Gr.1 (PA).
Now trained by Elizabeth Bernard, the two-time Gr.1 (PA) winner has had an excellent start to the domestic campaign and followed his easy Gr.3 (PA) success at La-Teste-De-Buch a year ago. month.
A small but tight field of six showed up for the 2000m contest and it was Soko who set the first splits in his usual, enthusiastic style. With little change throughout, Soko’s jockey Demuro asked him for an effort at the top of the straight. Courageous, Soko defended the header from the persistent challenge of eventual finalist, Abbes of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani (TM Fred Texas) and passed the post with half a length to spare.
Al Ghadeer winning the Al Rayyan Cup with Christophe Soumillon in the saddle.
Nine-year-old Arabian racing legend Ebraz (Amer), owned by SE Sheikha Reem, made an excellent stable debut for Rohaut and took third, just over a length behind Abbes.
Speaking to Equidia after the race, winning trainer Bernard said: “Soko is the most adorable horse, and a pleasure to look after him on a daily basis. He must be a dream race for any jockey and knows exactly what is required. He has a fantastic attitude and loves battle. Cristian gave him the perfect ride. As a jockey, he has so many qualities and I like the way he listens to all the indications that I give him.