Karaamah wins the QREC-sponsored
Qatar Prix Massoud

Karaamah ridden by Olivier Peslier


Bordeaux hosted the first Purebred Arabian race of the season for three-year-olds, the QREC-sponsored Qatar Prix Massoud, on Friday, April 2. Karaamah (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau x Al Anqa) annexed this particular heat, over seven furlongs, for unraced types in the colours of her owner-breeder, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani. Trained by Didier Guillemin, the bay filly was ridden on her racecourse bow by Olivier Peslier.

In a race in which Josko (Josco Du Cayrou x Essaana) set a modest pace, Karaamah settled in mid-division. Challenging between horses and, travelling very comfortably, the filly placed herself in the firing line after laying down the gauntlet to the leaders. After a couple of reminders, Karaamah asserted by a neck in front of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Zain El Hala (FR) (Assy X Chamade De Ghazal).

The winner carried half a kilo (1lb) more than the runner-up, with the latter, trained by Thomas Fourcy, benefitting from Laurie Foulard’s claim. Adil Al Mazrooei’s Zf Almuzon (FR) (Dahess x Z F Al Ameena) finished one and quarter lengths further in third for trainer T. Lemer and jockey Antoine Werle.

Karaamah is a daughter of the Al Shaqab Racing sire Al Mamun Monlau, a stallion based at the Haras du Grand Courgeon. Her dam, Al Anqa, won the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge (Gr1 PA). This makes Karaamah a full sister to Sir Monlau. The latter won the Qatar Silver Sword at QREC Al Rayyan Park, Doha on April 1 – less than 24 hours earlier!

Source: QREC/JDG. Photo credits: POLIN & FERRIERE

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