For her first start in competition, MON’NIA carried the colours of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani to victory in the Prix Mona Lisa at Mont-de-Marsan, France on Saturday 7 September 2019. The filly of AMER travelled well throughout the race up near the leaders, but looked to have lost the win to Al EFREETA. However, the latter hung sharply two furlongs from the line, leaving a clear path for MON’NIA, who, with Clement Cadel in the saddle, took the chance to win the 2000m race for three-year-old maiden pure Arabian fillies. The Al Shaqab Racing-owned and Thomas Fourcy-trained AL EFREETA and AJAWEED were three quarters of a length in second and three and a half lengths in third under Julien Auge and Laurie Foulard respectively.
“They gifted us the race”, commented MON’NIA’s trainer, Julian Smart, “but MON’NIA is a filly that I like a lot. She shows plenty of talent in the mornings. She is a full sister to ASSY and she has a promising future.”