Arabians

Arabian Racing in France

In 2015, there were 81 races for Arabian horses in France run from mid-February until the end of November, 35 races for three-year-olds and 46 for older horses. The total prize money was €3,010,000. The leading horse was AL MOURTAJEZ (FR) with earnings of €538,000 to which were added €5,678 in owners’ premiums and €55,114 in breeders’ premiums, totaling €598,792. He finished in eighthposition in the overall table (including thoroughbreds). A great example of the advantages of breeding, owning and racing in France.

Bred in France by Mrs Réné-Laure Koch, SYLVINE AL MAURY (FR) qualifies for the French premiums. She won the Gr 1 Qatar Trophy des Juments in Longchamp on 3rd of October 2015, earning €75,000 in prize money, to which were added €32,508 in owners’ premiums and €11,551 in breeders’ premiums, totalling €119,059.

Number of horses in training

There are over 200 Arabian horses in training in France, with numbers fluctuating throughout the year with the big stables from Qatar sending their horses over to race in France in the summer. They are divided almost equally between three-year-olds and older horses.

Racecourses hosting Arabian races in France

Traditionally Arabian horses have been bred in the South-West of France but there are an increasing number of breeding operations in Normandy and in the West. Most of the races are held in the South-West with the more prestigious races being run in Paris and Deauville on the same prestigious cards as the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, Prix de Diane Longines and more. In 2015, 19 racecourses hosted Arabian races in France.
(2015 figures)

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France Galop RacecoursesRace in 2015Groupe 1 PAGroupe 2 PAGroupe 3 PA
Saint-Cloud22
Longchamp431
Deauville22
Chantilly21
Province RacecoursesRace in 2015Groupe 1 PAGroupe 2 PAGroupe 3 PA
Toulouse192
La Teste1717
Bordeaux911
Dax71
Mont de Marsan5
Pompadour3
Beaumont de Lomagne2
Cagnes-sur-Mer2
Montauban2
Tarbes2
Pau2
Craon11
Agen1
Aurillac1
Carcassonne1
Castera Verduzun1
Gramat1
Total81858

Arabian racing in France, a worldwide reference.

France features the most Arabian pattern races on its national racing programme, among them ten Group 1 PA, eight Group 2 PA and eight Group 3 races. A racing programme which attracts horses from Qatar, the USA, England, Holland, Belgium, Turkey, Morocco, Lybia etc.
(2016 figures)

Groupe 1 PAGroupe 2 PAGroupe 3 PAListed PA
France1088228
UAE824216
UK628
Qatar2316
Turkey123
Germany134
Sweden314
Morocco257
Holland11
Poland11
Belgium22
Tunisia11
Switzeland11
TOTAL2718221885

GROUP 1 SUCCESS ABROAD FOR FRENCH BRED HORSES

2015 was an outstanding year for French bred Arabians abroad, with eight Group 1 PA wins (the first Group 1 race of the UAE season was run in December 2014 : The National Day Cup).

Al Mamun Monlau (FR) (AR)

Areem (FR) (AR)

No Problem Al Maury (AR)

Musharab (FR) (AR)

Nieshan (FR) (AR)

ABU ALABYAD (FR)
Akbar – Ortie by Djouran
Bred by Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
1st HH The President of the UAE Cup, Abu Dhabi UAE
AL MOUHANNAD (FR)
Nizam – Al Ryme by Kesberoy
Bred by Hassan Mousli, Nadja Mousalli and Faiz Al Elweet
1st Jebel Ali Race course Za’abeel International Stakes, Newbury UK
AL MOURTAJEZ (FR)
Dahess – Arwa by Nuits St Georges
Bred by Hassan Mousli, Nadja Mousalli and Faiz Al Elweet
1st HH The Emir’s Sword, Doha Qatar
DJAINKA DES FORGES (FR)
Kerbella – Djamour des Forges by Tidjani
Bred by Catherine de Robert-Labarthe
1st Dubai Duty Free Hatta International Stakes, Newbury UK
MANARK (FR)
Mahabb – Mendra by Sousse
Bred by Earl Beguerie
1st Dubai Kahayla Classic, Meydan UAE
MISTER GINOUX (FR)
Amer – Nacree Al Maury by Kesberoy
Bred by Earl Champ Gignoux and Ms E. Bellaud
1st Qatar International Trophy, Doha Qatar
SHA’RED (FR)
Bibi de Carrere – Rudina by Burning Sand
Bred by Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan
1st Liwa Oasis, Abu Dhabi UAE
SIR BANI YAS (FR)
Amer – Nassem El Baher by Elios de Carrere
Bred by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
1st Qatar International Stakes, Goodwood UK
VERSAC PY (FR)
Njewman – Elipse by Tidjani
Bred by Pierre-Yves Juillard and Yves Plantin
1st Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 – Meydan UAE