Thrilling conclusion of Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani crowned the winners


His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani crowned the winners of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (QPAT) and the Qatar Arabian World Cup at the conclusion of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend on Sunday. The annual Qatar-sponsored event has been held since 2008 under the partnership between the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) and France Galop and will continue to 2022.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani was present at ParisLongchamp on the finale of the mega event. Also present were Nadia Al Sheebi Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Qatar in France, His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi QREC Chairman, Hamad bin Abdulrahman Al Attiyah, QEF and AEF President, QREC officials, horse owners and trainers from Qatar as well as dozens of thousands of racegoers who flood into renovated ParisLongchamp to watch and be part of QPAT.

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe : Enable does it!

The filly Enable (Nathaniel) accomplished an incredible feat, retaining her crown in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Gr1), despite the fact that the Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned filly had been held up by a knee injury for the best part of the year. She was only able to make her comeback a month ago in a Gr3 at Kempton on the all weather track. Frankie Dettori gave her a beautiful ride, beating Sea of Class (Sea the Stars) a shade cozily at the post. The latter, supplemented into the race, was still in last place turning into the home straight. She accomplished a rare feat. Cloth of Stars (Sea the Stars), who came second last year, came in a strong third this time, in front of his stable companion Waldgeist (Galileo), and Capri (Galileo). Enable is now the eighth horse to have won the Arc twice. Dettori takes home his sixth Arc win, an unbeaten record, whereas the Prince Khaleed Abdullah joins Marcel Boussac with his sixth success.

Trainer John Gosden said: ‘It’s been a nightmare year. Tt’s not easy when they go lame and they go off a long time as she was, but the vets did a brilliant job. She has a fantastic mind, she’s a real competitor. It’s like being a football manager with someone who goes out there and gives you 100 percent and you can build a team around them, she’s one of those. She came back at Lingfield and you bounce off the surface there, it’s not exactly a normal preparation for the Arc. You’re not meant to come into the Arc off one run on the all weather. I had a little hiccup with her temperature between Kempton and here, but she’s come here today and Frankie said she wasn’t at her best but did all the work. He rode her well. Aidan was right about the pace, he made it a test of stamina and the way it was run tested her fitness to the umpteenth degree, and the last hundred meters were an eternity for myself, the jockey and the filly.’

Gosden raised the possibility of Enable staying in training as a five-year-old in a bid to become the first horse to win the Arc three times.

The Qatar Arabian World Cup: Fazza Al Khalediah or the huge Polish surprise package
Fazza Al Khalediah (Jalnar Al Khalediah) staged a big upset win in The Qatar Arabian World Cup. Very well drawn, the Polish raider bided his time before making headway on the inside. He then quickended clear in the straight to record an easy victory at the main expense of the French-trained Khataab (Amer) and the Qatari raider Ebraz (Amer). Trained by Michal Borkowski, the four-year-old had only previously beaten once! Prior to that he recorded nine consecutive wins. Michal Borkowski, trainer of the winner, said : « The success is all down to the horse. He’s the best {PA} horse in the world. It’s the first big international victory for Polish {PA} racing since the end of the Second World War. My team has done an extraordinary job. »

Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac – Critérium for the fillies: Lily’s Candle or Martin Schwartz’s lucky star
Bought Saturday evening during the Arqana Arc sale for 490.000 €, Lily’s Candle was quick to reward her new owner, Martin Schwartz by winning the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac – Critérium for fillies. The filly, her trainer Fabrice Vermeulen’s first Gr1, travelled in the rear end of the pack and squeezed through on the inside of the home straight. She battled for the win and hit the post a shade cosily of Matematica, who was on her second time out. Star Terms (Sea The Stars) came a close third.

Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère (Grand Critérium) – Sponsorised by Manateq : Big step up for Royal Marine
Royal Marine, despite his inexperience only from being maiden he became a group 1 winner on his third public outing. He won the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère and proved to be courageous. The leader in the race, Broome, maintained the second place in front of the French contender Anodor, who couldn’t show the turn of foot we know he has.

Prix de l’Opéra Longines: Wild Illusion loves France
Last years’ winner of the Group 1 Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac, Wild Illusion (Dubawi) won the Prix de l’Opéra Longines (Gr1), after having problems to enter in the starting stalls. The representative of Godolphin finished in front of Magic Wand (Galileo), who looked like the winner for a while, and also beat the French contender Homérique (Exchange Rate) who made a good final effort. Wild Illusion found her preferred distance over 2000m and should now head towards Breeders’ Cup Fillies and Mares Turf.

Prix de l’Abbaye Longines: Mabs Cross takes it to the wire
Mabs Cross (Dutch Art), the British filly ridden by Gérald Mossé, came with a strong run to take the Prix de l’Abbaye de Longines (Gr1) in the final strides. Gold Vibe (Dream Ahead), having been tracked by the winner, had to settle for second – a place of front of the two-year-old. Soldier’s Call (Showcasing) who went very close to pulling off a notable feat. Battaash (Dark Angel), the defending champion and pacesetter, finished out of the places in fourth. Mabs Cross was coming off a second in the Nunthorpe Stakes (Gr1) and, with her first choice riders being side-lined through injury, Gérald Mossé stepped up to the mark with aplomb.

Qatar Prix de la Forêt : One Master right in the end
Trained by William Haggas One Master (Fastnet Rock) avenged Sea of Class, who finished second in the Arc. She also finished like wind up the outside. However, contrary to Sea of Class, One Master managed to finish in front on the line! She beat Inns of Court (Invincible Spirit), who had looked like the winner. However, often over this idiosyncratic 1400m track at ParisLongchamp, the winner comes from off the pace, as the final home stretch is never- ending.