Sheikh Mo­hamed’s Min’ha wins Group 2 in France

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His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed bin Khal­ifa al-Thani’s home­bred Min’ha notched the sec­ond Group vic­tory of her ca­reer in the Cri­terium des Pouliches (Group 2 PA) at La Teste in France yes­ter­day.

Be­fore that, she was last seen when fourth, with Valentin Seguy in the sad­dle, in the Prix Nefta – Dor­mane (Group 2 PA) be­hind Amyr Du Soleil, also owned by His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hamed, at Bordeaux on May 23.

At La Teste, four-year-old ch­est­nut filly was part­nered once again by jockey Seguy. Drawn to­wards the in­side in this 12-run­ner race, she sat on the rail in sec­ond or third po­si­tion through­out the early stages of the 1900m run for four-year-old and older horses, with Gen­eral Lady on her out­side while the pace was set by Belqees.

Fol­low­ing the leader, Min’ha found her­self alone in the straight, as Belqees weak­ened, and the François Ro­haut-trained Min’ha was hon­est and pro­fes­sional to run all the way to the line to se­cure a two-and-a-half length vic­tory in front of Al Shaqab Racing’s home­bred Um Taj.

The Thomas Fourcy-trained run­ner-up was rid­den by Jerome Cabre. The Julien Auge-rid­den Al­ma­j­dah, who was fur­ther two lengths be­hind, gave the third place as well to Al Shaqab Racing and Fourcy.

Trainer Ro­haut was pleased with the man­ner in which Min’ha won, and com­mented, “She has im­proved over the win­ter. She is a very pro­fes­sional filly and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how she runs in the Group 1 PA races for fil­lies. She won well to­day. There was a de­cent pace and she came to the lead eas­ily. It’s what I wanted to see from here to­day, and I have!”

Min’ha is out of Mar­gouia, so is a sis­ter to cham­pion Assy, the first ever Qatar-bred win­ner of His High­ness The Amir Sword (Group 1 PA).

(Robert Polin)

Valentin Seguy (left) rides Min’ha to Cri­terium des Pouliches (Group 2 PA) vic­tory at La Teste in France yes­ter­day.

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