Joud Al Cham leads homes
The Prix Baroud II, a conditions race for Purebred Arabians aged 4 and over, saw a 1-2 for the colours of Al Shaqab Racing when Joud Al Cham (Azadi x Taj Al Chame by Tidjani) led home Mounjared Al Cham (Azadi x Al Moutawakila by Al Sakbe). Both are 5-year-old entire horses, both owned in association by Al Shaqab Racing and Nada Mousli, both trained by Thomas Fourcy, and both bred by Hassan and Nada Mousli (Mounjared Al Cham in association with Faiz Al Elweet)! And only a nose separated these two horses on the finish line of this 2,100-meter race at Toulouse, May 15(France).
Joud Al Cham, ridden by Julien Augé, was drawn on the inside in this 7-runner race, and went straight to lead. Setting a steady pace, he ran relaxed and unchallenged for the frontrunner position, whilst Mounjared Al Cham sat towards the rear. In the final turn, Augé remained motionless as his rivals began their pursuit. In the straight, he held off his challengers, and looked to be the comfortable winner until Mounjared Al Cham came with a strong late run in the final 200 meters.
He flew to line, and the post only just came in time for Joud Al Cham to hold the win by the smallest of noses! Soko (Nieshan x Saka by Tornado De Syrah) came in third, 2 ½ lengths back from the leading pair.
Joud Al Cham was making just his fourth racecourse appearance here, and his third win! He won on debut in the November of his 3-year-old year, before winning on his seasonal bow at 4 the following May. He then lined up in the Group 1 PA Qatar Derby des Pur-Sang Arabes de 4 ans at Chantilly that July but was clearly not in form that day, finishing down the field. That was he last racecourse appearance until today’s win, over 9 months later.
“Both these horses have shown a lot of quality, and they both needed this run”, commented trainer Thomas Fourcy. “Joud Al Cham has a huge stride and travelled with his ears pricked – I don’t think he’s had a hard race! We will give them both some time. They are nice horses for the second half of the season. The aim is to let them mature into nice older horses. I don’t have a race lined up for them right now.”
Source: Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and JDG. Photo: Robert Polin
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