A winner for his first and only start on the all-weather at Pau in January of his 4-year-old year, the Al Shaqab Racing-owned & bred SNAN (Al Mamun Monlau x Nevada De Cardonne) kept his 100% strike rate on the turf track in the Prix Ba Toustem at La Teste, France, on Wednesday 3 June. Julien Augé was on board, and they started as a favourite. Taking no risks, the jockey sat him on the outside of the racing pack. Once in the straight, the Thomas Fourcy-trained four-year-old chestnut colt came up to the lead to battle with The H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned & bred ASKAR (Munjiz x Abigaille), but the closer they came to the line, the bigger SNAN’s advantage became. He won by an impressive 4 1/2 lengths. ASKAR was the runner up for trainer Francois Rohaut and jockey Damien Morin. NACHMI AL CHAM (Azadi x Amira Al Chame), also owned by Al Shaqab Racing and trained by Thomas Fourcy, was further one and a half lengths behind in third under Jerome Cabre.
“He only did the very minimum when he won on his debut,” commented winning trainer Thomas Fourcy commented on SNAN’s second straight victory, “but the track wasn’t for him. I thought he would be better on the turf today. He’s won nicely. He could have run earlier, but we wanted to look after him and get him to win. That is done and he will now go to the Derby unbeaten.”
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club