Al Shaqab Racing’s Almaa (Amer) won the Prix Nefta (Gr2 PA), her second Group success, at Toulouse, France on Monday, 22 May. The Thomas Fourcy-trained filly cantered in third position, behind Diva du Paon (Munjiz), in the lead, and Naziq (Mahabb). Almaa attacked and easily passed Diva du Paon in the middle of the home straight. Two hundred meters from the post, Almaa had to fight against Naziq in order to ensure the success and eventually imposed herself by half a length.
“She surprises me and progresses day after day”, said trainer Thomas Fourcy, “She confronted older mares today, who for most of them were making their seasonal debut, maybe that helped her today. However, she does a real thing today because she cantered several lengths behind Naziq who led at a good pace and she reaccelerated. The distance is not a problem. She is easy to ride and a sweetheart. She should now go for a rest before the two races for 4yos and then the one on the day of the Arc.”
Almaa has now secured three consecutive wins after starting her career in October 2016 with a second place in her debut.