Three-year-old Purebred Arabian ALKEDRI (Mister Ginoux) landed her first Group victory when taking the French Arabian Breeders’ Challenge-Pouliches (Gr2 PA) by a two-length margin at the line at La Teste-de-Buch, France on Friday, 4 September. The filly, owned by Al Shaqab Racing and trained by Charles Gourdain, scored for the second time in succession, having landed her first victory over a mile back in July.
HAFSA DE MONLAU (Saladin de Monlau) took the field along during the early stages of the 2,000m contest race before ALKEDRI, who was ridden by Jean-Bernard Eyquem, showed a nice turn of foot in the straight, going on to win decisively. The Ali Bin Hamad Al Attiya-owned MY BELLE DU SOLEIL (General) finished second.
Trainer Charles Gourdain said: “She is a progressive and consistent filly. We needed to improve a few things in her training regime. She’s quite delicate and we had to be gentle with her. Her exercise rider has done an amazing job with her in the mornings.
Jean-Bernard Eyquem told us after her run last time out that the filly could show a stronger turn of foot if getting cover during her races. She’s a good-looking filly who is very strong and tough. She will now target the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1 PA).”
Bred by Al Shaqab Racing, ALKEDRI is the second Group winner for the first crop of the sire MISTER GINOUX (Amer). The Al Shaqab Racing stallion is based at the Haras de Thouars and the same Qatari connections are also responsible for breeding Alkedri. Incidentally, this filly is a granddaughter of the much-heralded Bergeronnette (Djouran).
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club