Sheikh Ab­dul­lah’s Moun­tasir, Al Shaqab’s Joud Al Cham win in France

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His High­ness Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Khalifa al-Thani’s Moun­tasir car­ried his mo­men­tum from a promis­ing de­but in March when he fin­ished fourth to win the Prix Djerba Oua, a seven-fur­long con­di­tions race for Pure­bred Ara­bi­ans at La Teste De Buch, France, on Wed­nes­day.

Two hours later, Julien Auge guided Joud Al Cham to Prix Aicha - Wathba Stal­lions Cup in the colours of Al Shaqab Rac­ing.

Joud Al Cham, owned by Al Shaqab Rac­ing in part­ner­ship with his breeder, Nada Mousalli, had run just once as a three­year-old at Toulouse for a win on heavy ground, mak­ing it two vic­to­ries in a row in the con­di­tions race for four-year-old and older Pure­bred Ara­bi­ans.

The Azadi colt, sad­dled by Thomas Fourcy, won com­fort­ably by three lengths in front of the D Wa­tri­g­ant-trained and An­thony Cras­tus-rid­den No And No Al Maury. Midrass, owned by Khalifa bin Ha­mad bin Khalifa al-At­tiyah and trained by Mrs JF Bernard, was fur­ther three and a half lengths be­hind in third un­der An­toine Werle.

Auge was on board, hav­ing ac­com­pa­nied him to his first win as well, and kept him qui­etly in mid-di­vi­sion. Once in the straight, how­ever, he pulled the four-year-old ch­est­nut colt into the mid­dle of the track and he flew past his ri­vals in a show of dom­i­nance.

Ear­lier in the day, Fourcy ward Moun­tasir jumped well from an out­side draw be­fore be­ing set­tled in mid-di­vi­sion by jockey Olivier Pes­lier. His jockey kept him well cov­ered un­til 300m from the post. Once clear, the four-year-old bay colt came up un­der plenty of im­pul­sion to join the more ex­pe­ri­enced Barada Al Cham. They locked horns from sev­eral strides be­fore two flicks of Pes­lier’s stick sent the Tabarak colt for­ward to grab vic­tory by a short head in the fi­nal me­tres.

Al Shaqab Rac­ing’s Barada Al Cham was the run­ner-up un­der Augé. The Royal Cavalry of Oman-owned and the Philippe So­gorb-trained Maleha was fur­ther one and a half lengths be­hind in third un­der jockey An­thony Cras­tus.

Julien Auge (left) rides Al Shaqab Rac­ing’s Joud Al Cham to vic­tory in the Prix Aicha — Wathba Stal­lions Cup.

PIC­TURES: Robert Polin

Olivier Pes­lier (left) rides Moun­tasir to Prix Djerba Oua vic­tory on Wed­nes­day.

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