Aspetar dominates at Grand Prix de Chantilly
The H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned horse, Aspetar (Al Kazeem) took home brilliantly the Grand Prix de Chantilly (Gr2) at Chantilly on Sunday, 2 June. Ridden by James Doyle, Aspetar cantered on the outside of the field led by Silverwave (Silver Frost) at a good pace. He then accelerated in the middle of the track before taking the advantage over the leaders 100m from the post. He showed real courage to come and take the best at the end of the race.
Bertrand Le Metayer, the owner’s representative, said: “It is the first generation bred by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani at his French stud. On the paper, it wasn’t his ground, but he does it remarkably well. He got shines at 3yos and until now, he was better on soft ground. We have a share in Al Kazeem and he is out of his first crop and his dam is still young, so, it is good news. We are waiting to see with his trainer for the next steps in his program.”
Winner of a Listed at 3yos, Aspetar finished second in the John Porter Stakes (Gr3) at Newbury in April, in good to soft ground. His last race was in the Prix d’Hédouville (Gr3), where he could not do better than fifth.
Pelligrina excels and stays unbeaten at Prix de Royaumont
Shortly later, on the same day and at the same venue, the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani owned filly, Pelligrina gave her owner a second Group win on Sunday at Chantilly by winning the Prix de Royaumont (Gr3) and stayed unbeaten in two runs.
Trained by André Fabre, Pelligrina cantered at the back of the field before finding her way through the others 350m from the post. Once in the opening, she left no chance to her rivals. Indeed, the closest filly was Malevra, two and a half lengths behind. Je Ne Regretterien
completed the podium.
Pierre-Charles Boudot was riding Pelligrina. He said: “She did very well today. She was already very pleasing for her first steps in competition. She has a lot of stamina and the well-paced race helped her. She came very easily in front and slowed down a little. She is a very easy filly,
who should continue to progress.”
Pelligrina had only run once and won it on 13th May at Saint-Cloud. She was passing a real test today. Bertrand Le Métayer, the owner’s representative, said: “All the credit goes to Mr. Fabre who knew he could step her up like that. She has a good temperament. She is easy and relaxed. She has a lot of stamina also. It is a real success for us since
she was bred at home.”