HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani’s JOOMANA doubles up at Lion D’Angers


Having shed her maiden tag at the track last month, two-year-old filly JOOMANA (Olympic Glory x Scandalous) carried the colours of her owner His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani to a second consecutive success when landing the Prix De Sautre at Le Lion d’Angers on Thursday, September 9th.

Trained by Henri-Alex Pantall, JOOMANA notched up a second career success from only four starts and remains unbeaten at Le Lion d’Angers.

Ridden by Soufiane Saadi, JOOMANA was quickly out of the stalls and was immediately placed behind early pace-setter DJENABA (Siyouni). With only a steady pace being set through the first half of the contest, Joomana travelled keenly under Saadi. Well placed throughout, she took closer order as the tightly-knit, seven strong field turned for home. At the 400m pole, both JOOMANA and KHAN (Sea The Moon) made ground on the outside of DJENABA, making virtually three in a line. Inside the final 200m, DJENABA began to fade as JOOMANA and KHAN broke clear of the field. JOOMANA gamely got the better of KHAN inside the final 100m and went on to win by half a length at the line. The strong finishing DAISY MAISY (Wotton Bassett) grabbed third on the line from the fading DJENABA.

“She is evolving in the right direction. I worked her at home with this race in mind and she has progressed nicely,” said winning jockey Soufiane Saadi said after the race, “She is showing us all that what we thought, she was capable of. She keeps progressing and has a great attitude and plenty of quality. Hopefully she will continue to go the right way.”

Bred by Haras De Victot, JOOMANA is by Haras De Bouquetot stallion OLYMPIC GLORY (Choisir). Her dam SCANDALOUS (Monsun) was unraced. The second dam SANDERLINA (Saddlers Wells) was placed at listed level and is a half sister to the Group One Prix De Diane winner CARELINA (Caerleon)


Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club