Arabian Racing in France

In 2021, there were 91 races for Arabian horses in France run from mid-January until the end of November, 37 races for three-year-olds and 49 for older horses. The total prize money was €3,098,000. The leading horse was HOGGAR DE L’ARDUS (FR) by MISTER GINOUX out of ALFA DE L’ARDUS by TIDJANI; This horse earned €613.425 in prize money for just five races including the QATAR ARABIAN WOURLD CUP. Which represents an average of € 118.500.

The top 3 year old in France was IMAGE DU CROATE (by MUNJZ ex BENIE DU CROATE by Dahess) who earned € 95.378 for an average of € 14.590.

All two are owned by AL SHAHANIA STUD, property of HH Shaikh MUHAMMAD BIN KHALIFA AL THANI, from Qatar which is a staunch supporter of French breeding and racing.

Number of horses in training

There are over 300 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 2021, 18 racecourses hosted Arabian races in France.

France Galop Racecourses Race in 2021 Groupe 1 PA Groupe 2 PA Groupe 3 PA
Saint-Cloud 2 2
Longchamp 4 3
Deauville 2 2
Chantilly 2 1 1
Province Racecourses Race in 2021 Groupe 1 PA Groupe 2 PA Groupe 3 PA
Toulouse 21 1 3
La Teste 16 3 3
Bordeaux 9 1
Dax 5
Mont de Marsan 7
Pompadour 4
Tarbes 3
Montauban 2
Pau 7
Agen 2
Aurillac 1
Royan 1
Castera Verduzan 1
Total 91 9 8 3

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.
(2018 figures)

Groupe 1 PA Groupe 2 PA Groupe 3 PA Listed PA
France 9 8 3 20
UK 4 1 2 7
Morocco 2 9 11
Italy 1 1 2 4
Sweden 1 3 4
Belgium 1 1 2
Poland 1 2 3
Spain 1 1
Turkey 1 1
Germany 1 1
TOTAL 13 11 12 18 54


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)

Akbar – Ortie by Djouran
Bred by Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
1st HH The President of the UAE Cup, Abu Dhabi UAE
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
Dahess – Arwa by Nuits St Georges
Bred by Hassan Mousli, Nadja Mousalli and Faiz Al Elweet
1st HH The Emir’s Sword, Doha Qatar
Kerbella – Djamour des Forges by Tidjani
Bred by Catherine de Robert-Labarthe
1st Dubai Duty Free Hatta International Stakes, Newbury UK
Mahabb – Mendra by Sousse
Bred by Earl Beguerie
1st Dubai Kahayla Classic, Meydan UAE
Amer – Nacree Al Maury by Kesberoy
Bred by Earl Champ Gignoux and Ms E. Bellaud
1st Qatar International Trophy, Doha Qatar
Bibi de Carrere – Rudina by Burning Sand
Bred by Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan
1st Liwa Oasis, Abu Dhabi UAE
Amer – Nassem El Baher by Elios de Carrere
Bred by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
1st Qatar International Stakes, Goodwood UK
Njewman – Elipse by Tidjani
Bred by Pierre-Yves Juillard and Yves Plantin
1st Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 – Meydan UAE