Hoggar De l’Ardus wins Qatar Arabian World Cup at ParisLongchamp

Hoggar De l’Ardus ridden by Mickael Barzalona


It was a fitting finale with Qatari victories on the final day as HE Sheikha Reem bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Hoggar De l’Ardus won the Qatar Arabian World Cup and earlier on the day Ali bin Hamad Al Attiya’s, Zellie won the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr.1).

Winner of the Qatar Derby Des Pur-Sang Des Arabes De 4ans in at Chantilly, the four-year-old pure-bred Arabian Hoggar De l’Ardus (Mister Ginoux x Alfa De L’Ardus by Kash de l’Ardus) carried the colours of his owner HE Sheikha Reem bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani in the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Group 1 PA).

His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani presented the World Cup to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Trained by Thomas Fourcy, the colt stormed clear of his rivals under a confident ride from jockey Mickael Barzalona and at four years of age, is already a dual Group 1 winner.

Held up in towards the rear, Hoggar De l’Ardus travelled with plenty of zest. Maxr (Jaffer Asf) took the field along through the early stages and set a good tempo.

Favourite Ebraz (Amer) was ridden to his usual tactics and was help up in rear. The pace slackened on the turn for home and there were plenty of horses still travelling well. Lady Princess (General) looked like the winner as she kicked for home inside the final 400m. Hoggar De l’Ardus was switched towards the inside by Barzalona and stayed on strongly through the field. Inside the final 200m Lady Princess started to hang towards the inside.

Running on strongly, Hoggar De l’Ardus battled hard and pulled himself to the lead in the final strides and went on to win by a short head from Lady Princess. Last year’s winner Tayf (Amer) finished third.

Winning jockey Mickael Barzalona said after the race: “He was very easy to ride and tried his best. I followed Olivier Peslier around, as he knows these races so well. He accelerated very well when I asked him.”

Thomas Fourcy (the trainer of 1st, 2nd and 3rd) said: “It is very hard work for the Arabs in that ground. Lady Princess found the final 50 metres very hard work but I am extremely happy with her second place. Hoggar de l’Ardus had the perfect run around the inside. I received him quite late on and he just keeps progressing. He was very good at Chantilly, and I knew that the ground wouldn’t be a problem. He has got better with every race. There is a chance that he could go to Doha this winter and go for the Emir’s Sword, and then Dubai maybe. We will have a chat with his owners first. Even at 9, Tayf gave his all and ran well.”

Source: Qatar Tribune On. Photos: Scoppdyga

1. HOGGAR DE L’ARDUS, T Fourcy / Mickael Barzalona
2. LADY PRINCESS, T Fourcy / Oisin Murphy
3. TAYF, T Fourcy / O Peslier
4. EBRAZ, Mr J Smart / M Guyon
5. NALINK, T Fourcy / I Mendizabal
6. RODESS DU LOUP, C Gourdain / G Mosse
7. MAXR, Mr J Smart / F Veron
8. KHATAAB, T Fourcy / J Cabre
9. MELABI, T Fourcy / A Crastus
10.MOUNJARED AL CHAM, T Fourcy / V Cheminaud
11.KHATEER ALKHALEDIAH, J Bernard / J B Eyquem
12.MESSI, T Keersmaekers / E Hardouin
13.ABBES, T Fourcy / J Auge
14, SOKO, O Trigodet / C Soumillon
15.AMWAJ AL KHALEDIAH, M Kacprzyk / S Mazur

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