H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s homebred MIN’HA (No Risk Al Maury x MARGOUIA) notched the second Group victory of her career in the Criterium des Pouliches (Gr.2 PA) at La Teste, France, on Monday, 29 June. Before that, she was last seen when fourth, with Valentin Seguy in the saddle, in the Prix Nefta – Dormane (Gr.2 PA) behind AMYR DU SOLEIL, owned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani as well, at Bordeaux on 23 May.
At La Teste, four-year-old chestnut filly was partnered once again by jockey Valentin Seguy. Drawn towards the inside in this 12-runner race, she sat on the rail in second or third position throughout the early stages the 1900m run for 4YO+, with GENERAL LADY (General) on her outside while the pace was set by BELQEES (Mahabb). Following the leader, MIN’HA found herself alone in the straight, as BELQEES weakened, and the François Rohaut-trained MIN’HA was honest and professional to run all the way to the line to secure a 2½-length win in front of Al Shaqab Racing’s homebred UM TAJ (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau x Dyala). The Thomas Fourcy-trained runner-up was ridden by Jerome Cabre. The Julien Augé-ridden ALMAJDAH (FR) (TM Fred Texas x Ajdabya), who was further 2 lenghts behind gave the third place as well to Al Shaqab Racing and Thomas Fourcy.
Trainer François Rohaut was pleased with the manner in which MIN’HA won, and commented, “She has improved over the winter. She is a very professional filly and it will be interesting to see how she runs in the Group 1 PA races for fillies. She won well today. There was a decent pace and she came to the lead easily. It’s what I wanted to see from here today, and I have!”
MIN’HA is out of MARGOUIA (Tidjani), so is a sister to Champion ASSY, the first-ever Qatar-bred winner of the HH The Amir Sword.