His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani and His Excellency Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of Qatar Olympic Committee, were present at the race meeting held today as part of the events of the annual Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which will culminate tomorrow with the two mega races; the Qatar Arabian World Cup and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.On Saturday, there were eight races in the card.
Qatar de Prix Chardonnay: Brundtland, instead of the Arc!
Brundtland justified his status as favourite with a storming finish in the Qatar de Prix Chaudenay (Gr2), giving his supporters a lot to cheer about in the final furlong, when Lillian Russell seemed to be gaining the upper hand. However, the winner of the Qatar Prix de Niel (Gr2, preparation for the Arc) courageously challenged the filly to dominate at the finish. My Swashbuckler made a convincing effort to come in third place. Brundtland is an unexposed horse, remaining undefeated in his first four races. This Saturday was his first time running over 3000 meters, his connections preferring this to an attempt the Arc de Triomphe where he would have lacked a bit of experience.
Qatar Arabian Trophy for Fillies (4-year-old fillies) : Al Shamoos on top of the pack
There was little suspense throughout the Qatar Arabian Trophy for Fillies ( 4-year-old fillies) (Gr1 PA). Al Shamoos jumped to take the lead early on and then kept putting daylight between herself and the pack, not stopping to pose for the cameras at the post! Joudh weakened at the finish but won the race to be placed, coming in second. She made the right decision to stick with her stable companion Wadeeaa who led the way. Al Shamoos was coming off a second place, beaten by Belqees, who came fifth on Saturday.
Haras de Bouquetot – Criterium for the Arqana October yearling sale : Master Brewer won big time
Classe 1 race, but generously rewarded (137.500€ to the winner), the second edition of the Haras de Bouquetot – Criterium of the Arqana October yearling Sale was awarded to Master Brewer, who proved to be authoritative in the final phase. With a stylish finish, Edinson came to snatch 2nd place from La Yaki.
Qatar Prix Dollar: Alignement in a race full of suspense
Alignement could not dream of better result just a few hours before he was due to go through the Arqana sale ring, for the Arc Sale. Owned by Wertheimer & Frère, he got his all to take the victory from Loxley (New Approach), who looked to have the cure sewn up. Alignement had the perfect race conditions, with enough pace that he could use his turn of foot to maximum effect. Fabricate (Makfi), in the colours of Her Majesty the Queen of England, finished a very close third.
Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein : No half measures for Ostilio
Ostilio was the impressive winner of the Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Gr2). He quickly took control of the race, at a decent pace. The field was stretched out, but Ostilio, who has come up through the big English handicaps, never wavered. He won his first Group race by a length and a quarter in front of Oh This is Us, who finished well up the centre of the track. Hey Gaman, who had travelled up with the eventual winner, held the place.
Qatar Prix de Royallieu : Princess Yaiza too strong for the French
The English runner Princess Yaiza was the best of them in the Qatar Prix de Royallieu (Gr2). The battle was undecided until the last moments, and an enquiry opened by the stewards, due to the contact between the winner, and Palombe, the second. Shahnaza took third place after a brave effort, having been held up down the field. The filly, trained by Gavin Cromwell, was taking her first Group.
Qatar Prix du Cardan: Call the Wind, the divine surprise
Call the Wind had never run in a group race before, nor over a distance greater than 2800m. Despite all this, the Freddy Head’s ward was the one taking home the win for the Qatar Prix du Cadran (Gr1), soundly beating Holdthasigreen. Morgan le Faye, finishing in style, completes the podium. A troublesome colt, Call the Wind seems to have found his sporting niche within the stayers races.