August 27, 2012 Jägersro Racecourse ~ Sheikh Mohammad Bin Faleh Al Thani’s Qatar-bred colt Munahis won the Chateau Ksara Scandinavian Arabian Derby 2012 run over 1m 3f dirt at Jägersro Racecourse on the 25’th of August.
The grey son of Amer is trained in the Netherlands by Diana Dörenberg and was ridden by Scandinavian Champion Jockey Fredrik Johansson. Munahis was 6 lengths clear at the line after a race just off the pace set by the filly Neira Royal (Neiron), who finished third some lengths in arrears of Dratzan (Makzan), who came with a good late run to finish second with Daytona (Daffaq) fourth and Rugosza (Gosh) fifth.
Munahis started favourite though he only had one previous race under his belt. It was a maiden race over 9f, which he had won readily and among others had beaten stable companion and fellow Derby raider Samah (Amer) by 14 lengths. Even if the two horses went to the gate without a rating and obviously were still green, most agreed Munahis’ performance was good enough to hold the local talents at bay.
The diminutive filly Rugosza had the highest rating of those. Not exceedingly fahionably bred by international standards, she has shown herself a smart performer winning three times and being narrowly beaten by older horses twice in five attempts on turf. Her latest victory was in a Derby Trial, where she had worn down Derby hopeful Daytona by half a length giving 7 kg away and approximately the same to the other Derby contestants Speedy Faq (Daffaq), Winston Rocket (Daffaq) and Dratzan (Makzan) a couple of more lengths away with Wajeeh (Vokalist) rather deep down in the pack.
On dirt, however, Rugosza had two very mediocre performances behind her and one could suspect, that she was a turf specialist.
Rated 4 kg below Rugosza, Daytona was still one of the highest rated in the field, but his last prep race up to the Derby over one mile and half a furlong gave reason for for consideration. He was beaten by a couple of good older horses, but also by the normally short running Elliot, who earned his Derby ticket in this race, while Derby rank outsider Kid Rock saw them all home.
Dratzan, on the other hand, had since turned in a very good performance over 1m 2f with another Derby hopeful Duell (Makzan) down the field, indicating he could very well improve on his rating just one kg below Daytona.
The Dark Horse was Neira Royal, who with three races to her credit had been laid off since june and was not certain to stay, but on two occasions had finished in front of both Speedy Faq and Daytona.
Later in the evening of the Oriental Night meeting Onsala Arabians got compensation for Dratzan’s second in the Derby, when their 6-y-o mare Maggia (Portmer) returned to winning form in the Ikaros Sprint over 6f by with a neck to spare from Donner (Drug) and Joshua Brown (Samsheik) some lengths away in third place.
Report and photos by Nils Rosenkjaer