Saint Cloud Racecourse will host a race meeting this afternoon. The 10-race card includes two Group 1 Purebred Arabian races sponsored by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC). Qatari-owned runners will be vying for these two coveted trophies, which crown the champion three-year-old Purebred Arabian filly and colt in Europe and declare them the best of their generation.
Twelve fillies will take on each other in the Group 1 PA Qatar Arabian Trophy for three-year-old fillies over 2,000m. Qatari-owned horses have a bright record in this race and five holders of Qatari hopes will seek to maintain this excellence in 2022.
Khalifa bin Sheail al-Kuwari’s No Tear Al Maury (Jaafer ASF) will be ridden by Mickael Barzalona for trainer Thomas Demeaulte. Al Shaqab Racing will be presented by both Mezown (Al Mamun Monlau) and Nour Al Maury (Azadi). The former is trained by JF Bernard and will be partnered by Ioritz Mendizabal while the latter is schooled by T Fourcy and will have Faleh Bughenaim in the saddle.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani’s Al Doha (Al Mourtajez) will be another runner for T Fourcy under Olivier Peslier. Her half-sister Alobayyah (Al Mourtajez) will carry the colours of Mohamed bin Fahad al-Attiyah as another runner for X Thomas-Demeaulte and will be guided by Christophe Soumillon.
The other Group 1 PA contest will be for the boys with 15 three-year-old colts contesting in the Qatar Arabian Trophy for Colts. Six of these will carry the colours of Qatari owners in the 2,000m race.
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani’s Anouar (Al Tair) will be ridden by Ronan Thomas for trainer J de Mieulle. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Thani’s Zamer Ity (Nizam) will be one of T Fourcy’s trainees in this race and will be ridden by Maxime Guyon.
Al Wasmiyah Racing’s (Al Ghadeer) (Al Mourtajez) will be accompanied by Christophe Soumillon for trainer F Rohaut. Another son of Al Mourtajez and trainee of T Fourcy in the race will be Ska De L’aigle in the silks of Abdullah bin Fahad al-Attiyah and under Jerome Cabre.
Mohamed bin Khalifa al-Sowaidi’s Ramrod PY (Mu’azzaz), who is trained by P Sogorb, will be steered by Faleh al-Bughenaim. Osama Omar al-Dafea’s Jenkille Hipolyte completes the Qatari challenge. The son of Al Mamun Monlau is trained by Ch Gourdain and will have Anthony Crastus astride.
Following today’s races, attention will turn to the ParisLongchamp Racecourse, where the two days of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be held tomorrow and Sunday. The latter will be the big day, hosting the two most important races in the weekend, namely the Group 1 PA Qatar Arabian World Cup and the Group 1 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which is simply the best horse race in the world. Qatari-owned horses will also be present in these two top races, seeking new victories and glory at ParisLongchamp.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend-associated events kicked off yesterday with the annual horse auction for Purebred Arabians organised by the Arqana at Saint Cloud Racecourse in the presence of QREC senior management and a number of horse owners both from Qatar and from other countries given the high value of the auction and the horses displayed there.
This 2022 renewal of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe sees valuable support by QREC partners, who contribute to the success of the event thanks to the long-standing partnership between each of them and QREC. Longines is the partner of the Gr1 Prix de l Opera Longines and the Gr1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines on Sunday. Qatar Airways is again the official transporter of the event. Manateq returns to be associated with the weekend by sponsoring the Group 1 Qatar prix Jean Luc Lagardere on Sunday as well. In addition, Qatar Tourism / Visit Qatar, the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation are associated with this very special edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Du Croate winner of last year’s Qatar Arabian trophy for fillies. PICTURE: Zuzanna Lupa