The three-year-old colt AMYR DU SOLEIL took his first Group 1 in hugely impressive style in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains (Gr1 PA) in the colours of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani, demolishing the field in a show of extraordinary class at Saint-Cloud on Friday 4 October.
The grey colt of AMER has come rapidly up the ladder since his racing debut in June when he was second. He then put the pendulum to rights winning the Group 3 Prix Tidjani in July with great style before returning from his summer break with an emphatic victory in the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge-Poulians (Gr2) in September at Toulouse. Today, he confirmed that he is the outstanding leader of the three-year-old Purebred Arabian colts in France, putting the race to bed early in the straight to win by six lengths under jockey Julien Augé despite being somewhat keen in the early stages. He sat just behind the leaders in the early stages before taking the lead in the final turn. He quickly took lengths off the racing field and was never challenged in a display of superiority. The Mrs JF Bernard-trained and Jean-Bernard Eyquem-ridden JARIF in finished in second place, with Al Shaqab Racing-owned and Thomas Fourcy-ridden MOUNJARED AL CHAM, a further length behind in third under Vincent Cheminaud.
“Since the beginning of the year I have told the owners that he was a very nice horse”, commented winning trainer Thomas Fourcy, “I think we have done a good job with him, preserving him throughout the year. When he has won, he has done so easily without having to dig into his reserves. He has confirmed our hopes for him today even if it was a harder race. He has won with style. I think he will improve again over the winter. He will be a top class horse, an Arabian World Cup horse.”
AMYR DU SOLEIL began his racing carrier in the colours of Lisa Deymonaz before being transferred to the famous blue and white stars of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani. He was bred by Lisa and Pierre Deymonaz and is out of BALLADORE (DORMANE), a full sister to DORMAH DE BRUGÈRE, a seven-time winner including the Jumeirah International Stakes and the Arabian International Stakes (Gr2s PA).