As part of the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club’s (QREC) strategy to enhance Qatar’s presence at the world’s top racing events, the Qatar Prix Jean Prat was run at Deauville, France, on Sunday 7 July. The 2019 renewal of the Group 1 race, reserved for three-year-olds over 1,400 metres, was the feature event of the fully sponsored eight-race day. QREC Board Member, Ahmad Mohammed Alabdulmalik, was present at the meeting and he presented the trophies to the winners.
TOO DARN HOT returns to 7 furlongs with stylish win
TOO DARN HOT was the hot favourite in the Qatar Prix Jean Prat. The Lord Lloyd Webber-owned and John Gosden-saddled winner barely broke sweat. Given a very good ride by Lanfranco Dettori, the colt stormed home in the final 400 metres and won with any amount in hand. It was the colt’s first win since taking the Dewhurst Stakes (Gr1) as a juvenile. It also marked the colt’s return to 1,400 metres, having been tried over longer trips when his stamina was found wanting.
Following ENABLE’s victory in the Gr 1 Coral Eclipse at Sandown, UK on Saturday, the duo, Gosden-Dettori made a quick-double fire by landing the Gr 1 Qatar Prix Jean Prat at Deauville, France on Sunday.
Frankie Dettori lauded TOO DARN HOT’s performance. “He has a lot of speed”, he said, “He really picked up the pace when asked to quicken. I think that he will stay a mile on a flat track. We will mull matters over with John Gosden, but I’m of the opinion that a race such as the Prix Jacques Le Marois would suit”.
FAR ABOVE wins listed Qatar Prix Kistena
The day included two listed races and the James Tate-saddled FAR ABOVE was the winner of the first of them, namely Qatar Prix Kistena. It is his third win in his four career starts and his first listed success so far. Al Shaqab Racing’s DUHAIL was the runner-up under jockey Vincent Cheminaud for trainer A. Fabre.
The winning jockey, Patrick-Joseph (PJ) McDonald said: “He’s a very good horse and has so much speed. The initial pace wasn’t strong enough for him. However, once he got going, I knew I was going to win. I don’t think he should step back in trip – and I’m of the opinion that he [would be better off] stepping up in grade when the tempo will be stronger. It wasn’t that long ago that we were still thinking of him in terms of being a a miler. However, he’s a sprinter through and through. He still has a lot to prove in terms of becoming a Gr.1 class performer, but he’s on the right track and he exudes quality. I hope that he continues to remain fit and well”.
JOPLIN wins listed Qatar Prix De La Calonne – Fonds Européen de l’Élevage
The D. Fechner-saddled German mare Joplin won the second listed race. Although she appeared very late on the scene, she was able to snatch victory from SILVERY MIST and open her account at Listed level in the Qatar Prix de la Calonne – Fonds Européen de l’Élevage. The winner was held up for as long as possible by Lanfranco Dettori before going for a gap in the final 400 metres and landing the title.