Hargan remains unbeaten with Gr 2 PA victory at La Teste
Hargan ridden by Maxime Guyon. Photo by Robert Polin
Hargan (Al Mamun Monlau x Mkeefa) carried the colours of his owner to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani to an easy success in the French Arabian Breeders Challenge – Poulains, a Group 2 for three-year-old Purebred Arabian colts and geldings, at La Teste De Buch, France, on Friday, September 3rd.
The black colt is trained by François Rohaut and was following up his debut success at the same track in July.
Ridden by Maxime Guyon, Hargan was quickly into stride on leaving the stalls and ran keenly though the opening stages of the 2,000m contest. Al Muwaiji (Majd Al Arab) moved to the lead after 400m and Hargan took cover behind him. Hargan travelled strongly down the back straight and began to move closer on the home turn.
On entering the straight, he was the only horse on the bridle and looked to have his opponents held before moving smoothly into the lead 400m out and pulling clear of the field. Despite being eased down in the final strides, Hargan scored by three and a half lengths from stable-mate RB Yas Sir (Sir Bani Yas), who was ridden by Valentin Seguy, with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Maguroor (Assy) further three and a half lengths back in third under Jean-Bernard Eyquem for trainer Mrs JF Bernard.
“Today Hargan was more serious than RB Yas Sir, who is very green and may need blinkers next time out. They both ran well and it means that we now have four very good Arabians in the yard and they may all go to Saint Cloud. Hargan is a very good horse with a lot of size and potential. We look forward to running him next month”, said winning trainer François Rohaut after the race.
Bred by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Al Shahania Stud, Hargan is by triple Group one winner Al Mamun Monlau (Muniz), who stands for Al Shaqab Racing at Haras du Grand Courgeon in France. His dam Mkeefa (Amer) was a top-class performer and won Group 1s in Newbury and Newmarket as well as lifting the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr.1 PA) at ParisLongchamp.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club
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