Agencies San Sebastien, Spain
Mountasir landed a second victory in the Premio Wathba Stallion Cup at San Sebastien, Spain, on Sunday evening. Bred and owned by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani, Mountasir was the hot favourite of this race.
It was his first attempt over the distance of 1,500m. Trained by Thomas Fourcy, Mountasir had won a nice race earlier this year in France and has proven to be a very consistent competitor in all of his four starts.
Ridden by Jerome Cabre, he jumped well to take the lead before the first bend, followed by Gaby De Faust. In the straight, Mountasir was headed by Gaby De Faust, but Mountasir showed he is not only talented, but also tough. When Jerome Cabre asked him, he stormed to the retake the lead and win comfortably. Natalma Al Maury (Dahess) finished in second, just in front of Gaby De Faust.
Mountasir is a son of Tabarak, champion racehorse for His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani. He is a grandson of the famous French mare Bergeronnette (Djouran), the origin of numerous top class Purebred Arabian racehorses, including Group 1 PA winners Amyr Du Soleil (Amer), Mahess Du Soleil (Dahess) and Dahor De Brugère (Dahess).
Maghamir Des Forges provides first French victory for Nasser al-Eida
Maghamir Des Forges landed a first victory in the Prix Danbik-Wathba Stallions Cup at Pompadour, France, on Sunday. This was a first success in France for the colours of Nasser bin Saeed al-Eida. It was also a first run on the fibre-sand for the David Morisson-trained gelding.
Maghamir Des Forges had a good start, close to the pacesetter Ijaba V. Ridden by Damien Morin, the eventual winner was third at the end of the bend. The Pompadour track is a very challenging one, with a climbing straight and Maghamir Des Forges was headed by Ijaba V and Almaajid. However, he proved to be the strongest and quite easily took the lead. Ghassan De Montamel finished second thanks to a very pleasant effort in the last furlong. Gebreel De Carrere was third.
Maghamir Des Forges was bred by Catherine de Robert Labarthe and Stephane Dubois. His dam is the sister for the champion mare Djainka Des Forges, winner of the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Group 1 PA), the Hatta International Stakes (Group 1 PA) and the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Group 1 PA).
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