One of three runners in the field for owner His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa al-Thani, Majoie Des Forges (FR) (Al Tair x Djamuze Des Forges) took the Prix Mangalie d’Albret - Wathba Stallions Cup, a 1,900-metre conditions races for three-year-old Purebred Arabians fillies, at La Teste De Buch, France, on Monday.
Scoring on her debut, the chestnut filly is trained by Mrs. J.F Bernard and was ridden to success by apprentice jockey Gary Sanchez.
Having broken on terms from stall 8, Majoie Des Forges was allowed to stride on by Sanchez and was always towards the head of the field. Despite being a shade green, she travelled well and always looked comfortable. Turning for home, she stole a couple of lengths on the field and had most of her rivals under pressure from the 400-meter pole. She stayed on well to score by two lengths at the line. The X. Thomas-Demeaulte-trained and Emilien Revolte-ridden Monda (FR) (No Risk Al Maury x Mhaya) who was very immature in the early stages, but finished with a strong run down the outside to close well for second. Her half-sister, the His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa al-Thani-owned Hellywa (FR) (No Risk Al Maury x Al Shahania Aseala) was the only other runner to detach from the main group and finished further three quarters of a length in third for trainer F. Rohaut and jockey Valentin Seguy.
Winning trainer, Elisabeth Bernard, said after the race, “I like her a lot. The 3.5kg claim compensated for her inexperience, especially with this type of filly. Inside the closing stages, she was very straight and showed a nice action. It was a pleasant performance.”
Bred by Ms. C. De Robert Labarthe and S. Dubois, Majoie Des Forges is by Umm Qarn Purebred Arabian sire AL TAIR, who stands at Haras de Grand Courgeon in France. She is the first foal out of Djamuze Des Forges (Munjiz), a daughter of Djamaa Des Forges (Mahabb), a winner on debut and fourth-placed in a Group 2 at Bordeaux.
Majoie Des Forges won the Prix Mangalie d’Albret - Wathba Stallions Cup at La Teste De Buch, France. PICTURE: Robert Polin