11 classy purebred Arabians with rich records of black type winnings and placings will be in the fray for the world’s top racing event for Arabians; the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1/PA). France’s iconic ParisLonchamp will host the €1 million race for four-year-old and older pure Arabians over 2000 metres just 40 minutes before the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe race, on Sunday 6 October. Among the 11 runners, six Qatari-owned horses will seek to take the cup back home.
The list includes a trio owned and bred by His Highness Sheik Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Alban De Mieulle-trained TAYF finished second in his last two outings; a listed mile race at Baden Baden in September and the mile-long (Group 1 PA) Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood in July. However, the seven-year-old grey son of AMER won the (Group 1 PA) UAE Cup at the same course (ParisLonchamp) and distance in May. He finished nearer last than first in the Qatar Arabian World Cup last year. He will be partnered by Ronan Thomas. Another De Mieulle’s charge, YAZEED, was a winner when was last called out. The six-year-old grey son of MUNJIZ won the (Group 1 PA) Qatar Gold Sword over the same distance at Al Rayyan Park, Doha, in April. He finished fifth in the Qatar Arabian World Cup last year. He will have Olivier Peslier as his partner. The Antoine de Watrigant-trained MARID finished second last time and that was in the (Group 1 PA) Doha Cup over the same distance at Deauville in August. The last win of the four-year-old grey colt of TM FRED TEXAS was in October 2018 when he landed the (Group 1 PA) Qatar Arabian Trophy Des Poulains over the same distance at Saint-Cloud. He will be guided by Harry Bentley.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s EBRAZ finished third in the Qatar Arabian World Cup last year. The Julian smart-trained six-year-old grey son of AMER won his last outings. He won the (Group 3 PA) Shadwell – Coupe Du Sud-Ouest Des Pur-Sang Arabes over 1900 metres at La teste Buch and the mile-long (Group 1 PA) Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood in July. He will be steered by Maxime Guyon.
Al Shaqab Racing’s KHATTAB was the runner-up in the Qatar Arabian World Cup last year. The Thomas Fourcy-trained seven-year-old grey son of AMER was last seen at Deauville when he finished third in the (Group 1 PA) Doha Cup over the same distance in August. His latest win was at Toulouse when he landed the (Group 2 PA) Prix De Carthage – Hannibal over 2000 metres. He will be ridden by Jerome Cabre.
Khalifa bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Attiyah’s RODESS DU LOUP finished sixth in the 2018 edition of the Qatar Arabian World Cup. The Charles Gourdain five-year-old grey son of DAHESS finished fourth in his last outing; a listed mile race at Baden Baden last month. His record includes being the runner up of the (Group 1) Doha Cup at Deauville and the winner of the (Group 1 PA) President of the UAE Cup at Doncaster over the same distance in August and September 2018 respectively. He will have Charles Gourdain in the saddle.
The other five contenders include two who won their last outings and three who were placed when they were last seen. The P. Collington-trained MASHHUR AL KHALEDIAH won a listed mile race comfortably in front of TAYF and RODESS DU LOUP at Baden Baden last month. He will be ridden by Jean-Bernard Eyquem. The Polska AKF SP. Z.O.O.-owned and M. Kacprzyk-trained SALAM AL KHALEDIAH won a Group 3 (PA) event over 2600 metres at Varsovie in August. He will have Szczepan Mazur in the saddle.
The Jean-Marc De Watrigant-owned and D. Watrigant-trained AHZAR finished fourth in the Group 2 (PA) French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge Sprint over 1400 metres at Bdx Le Bouscat in September. He will be partnered by Francois-Xavier Bertras. The D. Guillemin-trained DERYAN finished fourth in the (Group 1 PA) Doha Cup over the same distance at Deauville in August. He will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon. The only female in the field is the RMP SP ZOO-owned and M. Janikowski-trained GENERAL LADY, who finished third in the (Group 1 PA) Qatar Cup the same distance at ParisLonchamp last month. She will have Antonio Fresu in the saddle.
The Qatar-sponsored event underlines the success of QREC’s vision of promoting Qatar as a leader in the pure Arabian breed. The use of World Cup in the title is very appropriate in view of the fact that it has attracted runners from a myriad of different countries: Qatar, the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, Morocco, Turkey, Great Britain and France. Qatar has dominated the world’s top Arabian event for the last ten years through the runners of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani and Al Shaqab Racing and our Arabians are in a bid to continue this domination.