Friday, september 11, 2015

Presentation QATAR ARC TRIALS

Sunday 13th September, Longchamp welcomes the Qatar Arc Trials: the preparatory races to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe… and to other big races which will take place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th October on the same racecourse. 

QATAR PRIX VERMEILLE 
TRÊVE PREPARES A THIRD “ARC” VICTORY

Among the three preparatory races, the Qatar Prix Vermeille (for fillies only, and ran over the same 2,400 metres as the “Arc”) is the exciting race of this Qatar Arc Trials day, and this for two main reasons. The first one is that that it is a Group 1 level race, the highest level in horseracing (which is not the case for the two other ones, Prix Nile and Prix Foy, which are Group 2 races, the level just underneath). The second is that the champion Trêve will be preparing herself for a third success in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Trêve is a five-year-old mare owned by the Sheikh Joaan Al Thani (brother of Emir of Qatar), who runs his horses under the name of Al Shaqab Racing. Trêve has already won the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in 2013 and 2014.
In 2013, Trêve also won the Qatar Prix Vermeille. However, she did not win the 2014 edition: last year she was a little less fit mid-September and she had only finished fourth, which did not stop her from succeeding three weeks later in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
For Trêve, unlike the majority of her rivals, the Qatar Prix Vermeille is not a real objective, it is more like a last training race before the D-day on the 4th October.
Against her, she will have some of the best fillies and mares of the moment. The three-year-olds should be the most dangerous, especially with the British Arabian Queen, who has just beaten Golden Horn (winner of the Epsom Derby in June) in the Juddmonte International Stakes, a Group 1 race in York and the French Sea Calisi, third of the Yorkshire Oaks on the same racecourse, she is also one of the best fillies of her generation over 2,400 metres.

QATAR PRIX VERMEILLE

Group 1, 2,400m, Fillies, 3yos+, 350,000€

1 – TRÊVE (F5)
Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Trainer: Christiane Head-Maarek
Jockey: Thierry Jarnet
Breeder: Haras du Quesnay
Gate: 8

2 – FRINE (F5)
Owner: Duke of Albuquerque
Trainer: Carlos Laffon-Parias
Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Breeder: Duke of Albuquerque 
Gate: 7

3 – CANDARLIYA (F3)
Owner: His Highness the Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Breeder: His Highness the Aga Khan
Gate: 1

4 – AL NAAMAH (F3)
Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Trainer: André Fabre
Jockey: Grégory Benoist
Breeder: Lodge Park Stud
Gate: 2

5 – BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (F3)
Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor
Jockey: William Buick
Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Limited
Gate: 4

6 – DIHNA (F3)
Owner: Haras du Quesnay
Trainer: Christiane Head-Maarek
Jockey: Jérôme Claudic
Breeder: Haras du Quesnay
Gate: 5

7 – SEA CALISI (F3)
Owner: Martin Schwartz Racing
Trainer: François Doumen
Jockey: Mickaël Barzalona
Breeder: Derek Bloodstock
Gate: 3

8 – DIAMOND SANDRUBIES (F3)
Owner: Mrs Richard Henry & Mrs John Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue
Breeder: Premier Bloodstock
Gate: 9

9 – ARABIAN QUEEN (F3)
Owner: Jeffrey Colin Smith
Trainer: David Elsworth
Jockey: Silvestre de Sousa
Breeder: Littleton Stud
Gate: 6

QATAR PRIX NIEL 
NEW BAY, IN MEMORY OF RAIL LINK

The Qatar Prix Niel is one of the reference preparatory races to the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. This Group 2 race (the level just under the Group 1 races) is reserved for three-year-old horses and it is ran on the same track as the “Arc”, which is the 2,400 metres of Longchamp’s racecourse. 
Several years, the Prix Niel is the preparatory race which gave the most Arc winners… but this might not be true anymore looking back on the ten last years. In that respect, being able to win both the “Niel” and the “Arc” is not an easy task: the last time it happened was in 2006, with a three year old horse called Rail Link. He was representing the colours of the Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah – one of the most important racehorse owners in the world, present on several continents. This year, the very well-known silks of the Prince Abdullah will be worn by two candidates, amongst them is the favourite of the race, New Bay. 
New Bay won the Prix du Jockey Club in the spring and imposed himself in the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano in Deauville this summer. It was a Group 2 race that can be a stepping-stone for the “Arc”. New Bay will be ridden by the young Vincent Cheminaud – a young rising star who has the particularity of making himself a name in the hurdle/steeple discipline before succeeding in flat (which is very rare).
His main and most experienced rival will be Erupt. He is still unbeaten in four starts, and who has won the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (a Group 1) the 14th July in Longchamp.
Ireland, large breeding country, will be represented by Ol’Man River, an honest colt, but maybe not the best of the Coolmore stables, who has been dominating the turf worldwide for a few decades.

QATAR PRIX NIEL

Group 2, 2,400m, 3yos, 130,000€

1 – COUNTERMEASURE (M3)
Owner: Khalid Abdullah
Trainer: André Fabre
Jockey: Pierre-Charmes Boudot
Breeder: Millsec Limited
Gate: 4

2 – NEW BAY (M3)
Owner: Khalid Abdullah
Trainer: André Fabre
Jockey: Vincent Cheminaud
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms
Gate: 3

3 – MIGWAR (M3)
Owner: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Trainer: Freddy Head
Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Breeder: V. Timoshenko
Gate: 1

4 – SILVERWAVE (M3)
Owner: Hspirit
Trainer: Alain Couétil
Jockey: Lanfranco Dettori
Breeder: M.-L., J. & M. Collet
Gate:

5 – OL’MAN RIVER (M5)
Owner: Mrs J. Magnier, M. Tabord & D. Smith
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue
Breeder: M. Ryan
Gate: 7

6 – ERUPT (M3)
Owner: Famille Niarchos
Trainer: Francis-Henri Graffard
Jockey: Stéphane Pasquier
Breeder: Famille Niarchos
Gate: 2

7 – MING DYNASTY (M3)
Owner: Qatar Racing/Wildenstein Stables Limites
Trainer: Mikel Delzangles
Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
Breeder: Dayton Investments Ltd
Gate: 5

QATAR PRIX FOY 
DOLNIYA BACK IN LONGCHAMP

Equivalent to the Prix Niel, but for four-year-olds and over, the Qatar Prix Foy is also a stepping-stone towards the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. This Group 2 race welcomes back in Longchamp one of the protagonists of the last “Arc”, the four-year-old filly Dolniya. Representing His Highness the Aga Khan’s colours, she had finished fifth of the big race last year. However, she seems even better this year. Indeed, she won the Dubai Sheema Classic, a Group 1 race end of March in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
Since this victory, Dolniya ran twice during the spring season and for her last race she came third of the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud, won by Trêve. Dolniya will have plenty to do with a horse like Postponed against her. He won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which is commonly named in France as the “Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe” of the British summer.

QATAR PRIX FOY

Group 2, 2,400m, 4yos+, 130,000€

1 – POSTPONED (M4)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Trainer: Luca Cumani
Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
Breeder: Albans Bloodstock
Gate: 2

2 – ROSEBURG (M4)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Trainer: Luca Cumani
Jockey: Kevin Stott
Breeder: Mrs B. Cosgrove
Gate: 5

3 – SPIRITJIM (M5)
Owner: Hspirit
Trainer: Alain Couétil
Jockey: Lanfranco Dettori
Breeder: Haras des Sablonnets & Bloodstock Amarvillas
Gate: 6

4 – BATHYRHON (M5)
Owner: Avaz Ismoilov
Trainer: Pia Brandt
Jockey: Maxime Guyon
Breeder: I. & D. Meinke
Gate: 7

5 – KEROSIN (M4)
Owner: Stall Australia
Trainer: Jean-Pierre Carvalho
Jockey: Filip Minarik
Breeder: Gestut Schlenderhan
Gate: 8

6 – FREE PORT LUX (M4)
Owner: Olivier Thomas
Trainer: Freddy Head
Jockey: Mickaël Barzalona
Breeder: Ecurie des Monceaux
Gate: 4

7 – DOLNIYA (F4)
Owner: His Highness the Aga Khan
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Breeder: His Highness the Aga Khan
Gate: 3

8 – BAINO HOPE (F4)
Owner: Ecurie I.M. Fares
Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget
Jockey: Ioritz Mendizabal
Breeder: Haras de Manneville
Gate: 1

QATAR PRIX DU MOULIN DE LONGCHAMP 
A DREAM LINE-UP

Among the seven Group races taking place Sunday in Longchamp, the Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp is the only one that does not enter the category “Arc Trials”.
The “Moulin”, as it is nicknamed by the sportsmen, is not a preparatory race to the “Arc” because it is ran over1,600 metres, whereas the distance of the “Arc” is 2,400 metres. The “Moulin” and the “Arc” are made for horses with different capacities such as a 100 metres and a 800 metres athlete for example.
The “Moulin” is a real aim itself, which explains why there is such an exceptional line-up in this 2015 edition. The best three-year-olds will run against their elders.
Among the youngsters (3yos), the most confirmed horse is Territories. He is the French leader of the three-year-old colts over 1,600 metres. He will try to take his revenge upon Esotérique:  the five-year-old mare, owned by Edouard de Rothschild, managed to beat him in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard – Jacques le Marois in Deauville.
Back among the young ones, it is important to mention Ervedya. If Territories is the best miler (specialist of the mile, 1,600 metres in French) in France, Ervedya is the best female miler. 
Like Territories, Ervedya got beaten during the Deauville meeting, but she is capable of succeeding again. Karakontie, who finished sixth of the “Jacques-le-Marois” after a long absence, should have improved a lot. He will run on Sunday before flying over to the United-States where he will try and keep his title in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in October.

QATAR PRIX DU MOULIN DE LONGCHAMP

Group 1, 1,600m, 3yos+, 450,000€

1 – KARAKONTIE (M4)
Owner: Famille Niarchos
Trainer: Jonathan Pease
Jockey: Stéphane Pasquier
Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Ltd
Gate: 5

2 – AROD (M4)
Owner: Qatar Racing Limited
Trainer: Peter Chapple-Hyam
Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
Breeder: Kabansk Ltd & Rathbarry Stud
Gate: 1

3 – WILD CHIEF (M4)
Owner: Stall Furstenhof
Trainer: Jens Hirschberger
Jockey: Alexander Pietsch
Breeder: William Hacker
Gate: 9

4 – GUILIANI (M4)
Owner: Stall Ullmann
Trainer: Jean-Pierre Carvalho
Jockey: Filip Minarik
Breeder: Stall Ullmann
Gate: 3

5 – ESOTERIQUE (F5)
Owner: Baron Edouard de Rotschild
Trainer: André Fabre
Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot
Breeder: Ecurie de Meautry
Gate: 4

6 – TERRITORIES (M3)
Owner: Godolphin Snc
Trainer: André Fabre
Jockey: Mickaël Barzalona
Breeder: Darley Stud
Gate: 6

7 – DUTCH CONNECTION (M3)
Owner: Cheveley Park Stud & Mme S. Roy
Trainer: Charles Hills
Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Breeder: S. Roy
Gate: 7

8 – ERVEDYA (F3)
Owner: Son Altesse l’Aga Khan
Trainer: Jean-Claude Rouget
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Breeder: Son Altesse l’Aga Khan
Gate: 2

9 – MAIMARA (F3)
Owner: Alain Louis-Dreyfus
Trainer: Mikel Delzangles
Jockey: Grégory Benoist
Breeder: Haras du Thenney & Edy S.R.L.
Gate: 8

10 – AKATEA (F3)
Owner: Wildenstein Stables Limites
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Jockey: Thierry Jarnet
Breeder: Dayton Investments Ltd
Gate: 10

QATAR PRIX GLADIATEUR 
A FRAGILE HIERARCHY AMONG THE STAYERS

3,100 metres: it is the long distance that the horses of the Qatar Prix Gladiateur will have to run. It is a Group 3 race reserved for stayers (horses specialized on 2,500 metres or more).
It is long, but they will need to run even a longer distance with 900 metres more on the 4th October in the Qatar Prix du Cadran, to which this one prepares!
The competitions seems quite open with horses from everywhere. The safe bets at this stage Walzertakt, Fly with Me or even Kicky Blue will be confronted to newcomers in the discipline, like Billabong, bred in Morocco but trained in Chantilly, Mille et Mille, who managed successfully to get to the Group level, and more particularly the British Oriental Fox, second of the Darley Prix Kergorlay in Deauville behind the current leader of stayers, Alex My Boy, who will not be there Sunday.

QATAR PRIX GLADIATEUR
Group 3, 3,100m, 4yos+, 80,000 €

1 – WALZERTAKT (M6)
Owner: Gestut Aesculap
Trainer: Jean-Pierre Carvalho
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Breeder: Gestut Schlenderham
Gate: 6

2 – VIF MONSIEUR (M5)
Owner: Frank Van Gorp
Trainer: Frank Van Gorp
Jockey: Koen Clijmans
Breeder: Mrs U. Herberts
Gate: 7

3 – FLY WITH ME (M5)
Owner: Ecurie Luck
Trainer: Eric Libaud
Jockey: Maxime Guyon
Breeder: Ecurie Luck
Gate: 4

4 – ORIENTAL FOX (H7)
Owner: Markus Graff
Trainer: Mark Johnston
Jockey: Joseph K. Fanning
Breeder: Gestut Auenquelle
Gate: 8

5 – BILLABONG MOR (M6)
Owner: Jalobey Racing
Trainer: Pascal Bary
Jockey: Cristian Demuro
Breeder: Stud Jalobey
Gate: 3

6 – MILLE ET MILLE (H5)
Owner: Nicolas Saltiel
Trainer: Carlos & Yann Lerner
Jockey: Thierry Thulliez
Breeder: Haras de la Perelle
Gate: 1

7 – ORATORY DAVIS (H5)
Owner: Bors Breclav A.S.
Trainer: Jean-Marie Lefebvre
Jockey: Ioritz Mendizabal
Breeder: Claude Quellier
Gate: 10

8– GREEN BYRON (M5)
Owner: Ecurie Loungar Racing
Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupré
Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot
Breeder: Haras du Quesnay
Gate: 11

9 – A SOLDIER’S LIFE (M4)
Owner: Godolphin Snc
Trainer: André Fabre
Jockey: Mickaël Barzalona
Breeder: Darley Stud
Gate: 9

10 – SATANICJIM (M6)
Owner: Hspirit
Trainer: Alain Couétil
Jockey: Grégory Benoist
Breeder: Moorpark Stud & Cheveley Stud
Gate: 5

11 – KICKY BLUE (F5)
Owner: Patrick Hendrickx
Trainer: Tony Clout
Jockey: Alexis Badel
Breeder: H. Vigna
Gate: 2

QATAR PRIX DU PETIT COUVERT 
THE BRITISH ARE OUT IN FORCE

It will go fast, very fast, in this Qatar Prix du Petit Couvert, a Group 3 races over 1,000 metres on Longchamp’s straight line. The specialists of speed will be preparing the upcoming Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp, the most beautiful French sprint on the 4th October.
This game is usually won by British horses, and this year they are once again well represented. Especially with the winner of the 2014 edition of the “Abbaye de Longchamp”, Move in Time. He has been supplemented in order to participate. Mirza, other British participant, will defend his title in the Prix du Petit Couvert. 
Goldream, champion of the King’s Stand Stakes, one of the Group 1 races of the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting, will be discovering Longchamp before the 4th October.
The French will count on the honourable Catcall, one of our best sprinters and mainly on Rangali, second of the Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp last year.

QATAR PRIX DU PETIT COUVERT

Group 3, 1,000m, 3yos+, 80,000€

1 – GOLDREAM (H6)
Owner: J. Sargeant & Madame J. Morley
Trainer: Robert Cowell
Jockey: Martin Harley
Breeder: Tsega Breeding Limited
Gate: 10

2 – MOVE IN TIME (H7)
Owner: A. Turton, J. Blackburn & R. Bond
Trainer: David O’Meara
Jockey: Daniel Tudhope
Breeder: Bond Throughbred Corporation
Gate: 3

3 – MUHARAAJ (M4)
Owner: Zalim Bifov
Trainer: Matthieu Palussière
Jockey: Antoine Hamelin
Breeder: Mrs E. Bifova 
Gate: 2

4 – SIGNS OF BLESSING (M4)
Owner: Ecurie Pandora Racing
Trainer: François Rohaut
Jockey: Stéphane Pasquier
Breeder: Serge Boucheron
Gate: 11

5 – MIRZA (H8)
Owner: Chris Mills
Trainer: Rae Guest
Jockey: Ioritz Mendizabal
Breeder: Chris Mills
Gate: 4

6 – RANGALI (M4)
Owner: Henri-Alex Pantall
Trainer: Henri-Alex Pantall
Jockey: Mickaël Barzalona
Breeder: Henri-Alex Pantall & Yvette Chabot
Gate: 7

7 – CATCALL (H6)
Owner: Madame Gérard Samama
Trainer: Philippe Sogorb
Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Breeder: F. Krief
Gate: 5

8 – GENGIS (M5)
Owner: Claire Stephenson
Trainer: Georges Doleuze
Jockey: Cristian Demuro
Breeder: Edy S.R.L.
Gate: 9

9 – RED BARON (H6)
Owner: The Longton Pals
Trainer: E.J. Alston
Jockey: Neil Farley 
Breeder: Mrs C. Moore
Gate: 12

10 – PROFITABLE (M3)
Owner: A. Spence
Trainer: Clive Cox
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Breeder: C. Harrington
Gate: 6

11 – ELABELA (F5)
Owner: Ecuries Chalhoub S.A.L.
Trainer: John Hammond
Jockey: Alexis Badel
Breeder: SARL Darpat France
Gate: 8

12 – KATAWI (F4)
Owner: Moyns Park Stud
Trainer: Christian Frederick Wall
Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot
Breeder: Moyns Park Stud
Gate: 1

QATAR CUP – PRIX DRAGON 
AL MOURTAJEZ ON IS OWN?

The Qatar Cup (or Prix Dragon) is a race for Purebred Arabians horses and prepares to the Qatar Arabian World Cup, ran the day of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. With less speed than the Thoroughbreds, the Purebred Arabians can hold a longer distance, which is why it is a very good horse in the endurance discipline. However the participants of this Qatar Cup are the best of their bred and they know how to be fast! The big favourite of the race is Al Mourtajez. Owned by Al Shaqab Racing (Sheikh Joaan Al Thani, Qatar) and trained by the young Thomas Fourcy, he just won the Doha Cup in Deauville, another Group 1 for Purebred Arabians. Globe-trotter, he also won in the winter, the Emir’s Sword, the biggest race for Purebred Arabian horses in Qatar.

QATAR CUP – PRIX DRAGON

Group 1 PA, 2,000m, 4yos+, 60,000€

1 – RADDAD (M7)
Owner: Ahmed Bin Abdullah Al Marzooqi
Trainer: Ahmed Bin Abdullah Al Marzooqi
Jockey: Al Moatasem Bin Said Al Balushi
Breeder: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Gate: 11

2 – SEIF ENNAR (M5)
Owner: Mubarak Al Naemi
Trainer: Georges Mikhalides
Jockey: Aurélien Lemaitre
Breeder: Mubarak Al Naemi
Gate: 5

3 – AL MOURTAJEZ (M5)
Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Trainer: Thomas Fourcy
Jockey: Julien Augé
Breeder: H. Mousli, N. Mousalli & F. Al Elweet 
Gate: 8

4 – MAJEED (M5)
Owner: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Trainer: Alban de Mieulle
Jockey: Olivier Peslier
Breeder: Umm Qarn Management
Gate: 6

5 – TM THUNDER STRUCK (M5)
Owner: Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Trainer: Alban de Mieulle
Jockey: Thierry Jarnet
Breeder: L. Moak Warren
Gate: 9

6 – SALADIN DE MONLAU (M5)
Owner: Robert Bourdette
Trainer: Jean-François Bernard
Jockey: Ioritz Mendizabal
Breeder: Robert Bourdette
Gate: 2

7 – VALENTIN (M6)
Owner: G. Kok-Cornet
Trainer: Christian Wolters
Jockey: Cristian Demuro
Breeder: G. Kok-Cornet
Gate: 7

8 – WATHAH (M4)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Trainer: Philippe Sogorb
Jockey: Pierre-Charles Boudot
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Gate: 10

9 – FARH (F6)
Owner: Al Shaqab Racing
Trainer: Succ. Jean-François Bernard
Jockey: Grégory Benoist
Breeder: EARL Beguerie
Gate: 4

10 – LORAA (F5)
Owner: Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed
Trainer: Succ. Jean-François Bernard
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Breeder: Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed
Gate: 1

11 – SAMIMA (F6)
Owner: Royal Cavalry of Oman
Trainer: Karin Van Den Bos
Jockey: Antoine Hamelin
Breeder: Karin Van Den Bos
Gate: 3