The Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC)-sponsored Qatar Prix d’Élevage, a Group 2 for Purebred Arabians, took place at Toulouse, France, on the first day of the restart of racing in France. It was won by the dual Gr1 PA winner HAYYAN (Munjiz). The Yas Racing’s 5YO chestnut horse was making his first appearance of 2020 in this race and on heavy ground.
HAYYAN sat in mid-division in the race with jockey Anthony Crastus in the saddle. He began to make up ground in the turn and pulled clear eventually winning in front of the Al Shaqab Racing’s Kair Al Cham (Dahess), who is trained by Thomas Fourcy and was ridden by Olivier Peslier.
Thierry Delègue, racing manager Yas Racing, commented: “He does it all the better as he wasn’t at his best. He is definitely a horse that runs well when he’s fresh. He has gained in maturity and he is easier to ride. On Monday, he really relaxed, before finishing really well. He’s an extraordinary horse. The problem is going to be finding him a program. There are only three races left before the Arc weekend. In the absence of visibility on the program outside France, he could run in Deauville.”
HAYYAN, who is trained by Frédéric Sanchez, is out of Dahwa (Tidjani), who herself won this race. He is her fourth foal, and all of her offspring are Group winners.