5 Qatari-owned runners vie for honours in QREC-sponsored Qatar Derby des Pur-Sang Arabe de 4 Ans (Gr1 P/A)


The Group 1 (P/A) Qatar Derby for four-year-old Pure Arabians is one of the major races in European Arabian racing calendar. The 2020 renewal of the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC)-sponsored event will be run at Chantilly, France, at 6:45 pm, Doha time this afternoon, 5 July. Eight runners, including five Qatari-owned, have been declared in the 2,000-metre black type race.

Two runners will be fielded in the blue and white stars of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani. The Thomas Fourcy-trained AMYR DU SOLEIL (GB) (Amer x Balladore) has a remarkable record in his five-career starts with four consecutive group (P/A) victories following being placed as the runner-up on his debut. All five starts were over 1900-2000 meters, so distance cannot be an issue for him. With a group 3 (P/A), 2 group 2s (P/A) and a group 1 (P/A) titles under his belt, the grey colt will be taken to add the 2nd group 1 (P/A) victory and the fifth straight win to his tally. He will be partnered by Julien Augé, who has steered him in all five starts, including his win by 4½ lengths in the Gr2 (P/A) Prix Nefta Domane at Bordeaux, France on 23 May when he was last seen.

The other runner for HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani is ARTEMIS (FR) (Azadi x Ocyrrhoe). The Mrs JF Bernard-trained bay filly will be ridden by Cristian Demuro. She was the runner-up behind AMYR DU SOLEIL at Bordeaux 23 May in her last outing. She will seek to reverse that form and add the second win and the first group (P/A) win to her record. Four of her five starts have been over 1900-2000 metres, so stamina is not an issue for her.

The silver and maroon colours of Al Shaqab Racing will be represented by two chestnut colts. The Thomas Fourcy-trained SNAN (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau x Nevada De Cardonne), who was bred by Al Shaqab Racing as well, has been unbeaten in his two-career starts, over 2000 and 1900 metres respectively. Having been ridden by Julien Augé victory on the two occasions, the last of which was in the Class 3 Prix Ba Toustem at La Teste De Buch, France on 3 June, he will have Jerome Cabre astride this time in a mission to add his third win in a row and the first on group (P/A) level to his tally.

The Al Shaqab Racing and Nada Mousalli-owned JOUD AL CHAM (FR) (Azadi x Taj Al Chame) will be the second contender in the silver and maroon silks. Thomas Fourcy’s ward will be ridden by Vincent Cheminaud. Just like his stablemate, JOUD AL CHAM has been ridden by Julien Augé and unbeaten in his two-career starts, over 2100 and 2200 metres respectively, so his stamina has been proven. His last win was in the Prix Aicha at La Teste De Buch on 20 May and he, as well, will be taken to add his third win on the bounce and the first black type success to his record.

Mohamed Bin Fahad Al Attiyah’s MISS BOUM AL MAURY (FR) (Boum De Ghazal x Melody Al Maury) has shown good deal of improvement in her last two outings when she tried longer distances over 1900 and 2100 metres respectively. The Mrs JF Bernard-trained bay filly managed to open her account when she was last seen with a comfortable 3-length win in the Prix Aissa at Toulouse, France on 6 June. She will be partnered by Jean-Bernard Eyquem in her first attempt at group (P/A) level.

The Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte-trained HATTAL (FR) (Mahabb x Mizzna) finished second and first in his two-career starts and both were over 2000 metres at Toulouse. Ioritz Mendizabal, who rode the chestnut colt on both occasions, the last of which was on 31 May, will be astride him again.

The Gerd T. Zoetelief-owned and trained FREDDY PY (FR) (TM Fred Texas x Via Hipolyte) shed his maiden tag in his fifth and last start, which was over 2100 metres at Mons-Ghlin, Belgium on 26 June. The bay colt will be ridden by Stephen Hellyn in his 4th attempt at group (P/A) level. His last effort in black type races was when he finished eighth behind AMYR DU SOLEIL in the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains over 2000 metres at Saint Cloud on 4 October 2019.

The Al Nujaifi Racing Ltd’s homebred AMIR AL ZAMAN (FR) (Hilal Al Zaman x Hamiya) will be ridden by Anthony Crastus. The Charles Gourdain-trained chestnut colt has not tasted success in four-career starts yet. He finished fifth when he was last seen and that was over 2100 metres at Toulouse on 21 June. However, he showed progress before that when he finished runner-up over 2000 metres at the same racecourse on 31 May.


Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club