Third try transformed into a win for Gazwan
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Gazwan (Amer) brought home the 2017 edition of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1) and succeeded the great Al Mourtajez (Dahess). After his third attempt in this race, Gazwan finally imposed himself in the Qatar Arabian World Cup. Second in 2015, fourth in 2016, the third one was the good one. A tough horse, Gazwan cantered not far from the lead and fought well until the end with Yazeed (Munjiz) and Ebraz (Amer). Gazwan took a short head advantage on the line.
His trainer Julian Smart, said: “I have won this race three times, but each time with fillies, so I was a bit worried as I didn’t have a filly in the race this year! Gazwan is very very good. He needed the race last time out. He has improved. I put blinkers on him today. Ebraz and Yazeed, who are 4 year olds, are horses for the future. Gazwan is now 6 years old, but he still probably has another season in front of him. Perhaps he will be back here next year! He is a really tough horse, but I try not to run him too frequently. You have to be careful with horses of his quality! I am a bit disappointed with Ebraz, but these are tough races.”
Amazing Enable in Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
The Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned Enable (Nathaniel) showed how amazing she is by winning this 2017 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Frankie Dettori placed her in the back of Idaho and Order of St George and did not give a chance to her rivals. On a simple turn of foot, she left them all behind, imposing herself by two lengths and a half in front of the André Fabre-trained Cloth of Stars (Sea The Stars). On this occasion, Enable won her fifth Gr1 in a row.
Trainer John Gosden said: “What a marvellous 3-year-old filly! She is very special. She was well positioned by Frankie in the race. Listen, this is all about the filly and her owner and breeder, Prince Khalid Abdullah. It would be wrong to run her again this year. She’s been running for ten months and it would be too hard on the filly to go to the Breeder’s Cup. If she’s really in good form, we will still consider running her next year and maybe come back to the new Paris Longchamp.”
The runner up, Cloth of Stars, showed a very nice end of race, accelerating well in the middle of the track. He defeated the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses (Galileo) who finished good third. Order of St George (Galileo), who finished third last year, showed how he is a true stayer and took the fourth place in this year’s "Arc". Al Shaqab Racing’s Brametot (Rajsaman) did not have an easy race and had to change places to come out close to the post and took a nice fifth place.
No illusion for Godolphin in Total Prix Marcel Boussac – Critérium des Pouliches
The Total Prix Marcel Boussac – Critérium des Pouliches (Gr1) opened the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day and it was won by the Godolphin-owned Wild Illusion (Dubawi). Supplemented to participate in this first Gr1 on Sunday, she had done well lately in the Prix d’Aumale (Gr3) when taking the third place. Today, she cantered on the outside, right behind Soustraction (Lope de Vega). Entering the home straight in front, Wild Illusion did not leave her place and only pushed further away by the two French Polydream (Oasis Dream), second, and Mission Impassible (Galileo), third. Soustraction was close fourth.
Trainer of the winner, Charles Appleby said: “The filly had worked really well prior to this run and she’s come on a lot from her last run, so much so that we decided to supplement her. I’m very grateful that Sheikh Mohammed allowed me to do so. I fitted her with cheekpieces today as she was a bit too switched off in her previous race. I just wanted to get her concentrating more. I’m delighted for all the team, and it’s also great for her sire, Dubawi. For now, she will have an easy winter and we will make a decision after for her programme. Of course, we can dream about the Classics with a filly like her!”
In Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Grand Critérium) sponsored by Al Hazm
Happily showed her superiority against the colts
Only one filly was entered in this Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Grand Critérium) sponsored by Al Hazm (Gr1) and she won! Happily (Galileo) made her owners happy by showing her superiority against the colts in this Gr1. Winner of the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Gr1), she confirmed her abilities in good to soft ground here at Chantilly. The Coolmore representative attacked the first horses in the last 200m and after a short battle, she managed to impose herself in front of Olmedo, who came second. Godolphin’s Masar took the third place.
Trainer of the winner, Aidan O’Brien, said: “When we were here last year, we thought that we should enter some of the fillies in this race, so she’s always had this as an option. After the Moyglare, the lads wanted to split the fillies (Magical 2nd, by short head to Happily) so they wouldn’t have to run against each other again. We’ve been very happy with her at home, and Ryan gave her a great ride. She’s very like her brother Gleneagles, lots of class, very professional and relaxed. She might even get a little further than Gleneagles and stay 2000m. It’s a lovely new ground out there. We couldn’t ask for better at this time of year.”
A double-win for Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien in the "Opéra"
Coolmore and Aidan O’Brien signed a double win in this Prix de l’Opéra Longines (Gr1), since Rhododendron (Galileo) and Hydrangea (Galileo) took the first two places. Both fillies fought for victory until the end. Rhododendron travelled on the outside of the field just behind her training partner, Hydrangea. Both jockeys asked their fillies to accelerate 300m from the post and did not let go until the final post came. Only a head separated Rhododendron and Hydrangea from the gold medal in this "Arc" for fillies. Lady Frankel (Frankel) finished well, stepping up on the third place of the podium.
Aidan O’Brien said about his two first places: “Rhododendron is a very special filly to do what she did after what happened to her in the Prix de Diane Longines. She is tough and brave. Hydrangea ran very well. Both fillies could go to the Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mares.”
First try and first Group 1 win for Battaash in Prix de l’abbaye de Longchamp Longines
Battaash (Dark Angel), owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum, imposed himself brilliantly in the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines (Gr1), defeating the title holder Marsha (Acclamation) and Profitable (Invincible Spirit). Both horses came second and third respectively. Quick in front, Battaash controlled the race from pillar to post. When his jockey asked him to accelerate, he showed an incredible turn of foot and left his rivals behind, flying towards the post.
His trainer, Charles Hills, said: “I have never seen a horse with so much speed. He’s not a big horse, but his cruising speed is unbelievable. He’s even better on faster ground. He’s a gelding and he has a great future ahead of him. We were invited to go and run in the Everest, but that will be something for next year. His jockey said that he had never ridden a horse as fast as this. He is very different to Muhaarar who I trained before as he had a bit more stamina.” This was Battaash’s fifth race of the year and his first Gr1 attempt.
Aclaim for a first Gr1 success in Qatar Prix de la Forêt
The Canning Downs & Partner-owned colt Aclaim claimed victory in this Qatar Prix de la Forêt (Gr1). He travelled in the back of Al Shaqab Racing’s Karar (Invincible Spirit) along the rail. Brought as far as possible by Karar, Aclaim could then come back strongly in the last metres. In his acceleration, he was followed by the David O’Meara-trained So Beloved (Dansili).
Winning trainer, Martyn Meade, explained: “There were ideal conditions today. The ground was absolutely perfect and the seven-furlong trip is ideal for him. The whole plan this year was to win a Group 1 and he’s done it. He won’t run again this year and we’ll make a decision about next year later on. We set out at the beginning of this season to try and win a Group 1 and he’s done it but we left it a bit late! It’s a very special win, as he’s a real family horse. It’s been a great team effort to get here.” This is Aclaim’s first Gr1 win. He had won a Gr2 in Doncaster.