Al Mourtajez Denies Sir Bani Yas Qatar Arabian Triple Crown

 AlMourtajez Photo by Noelle Derre'

Al Mourtajez
Photo by Noelle Derre’

5 October 2015, Paris Longchamp ~ The excitement for the Paris, Qatar Prix de l’Arc weekend reached its peak on Sunday, 4 October, with the day of Champions. Over 58,028 race lovers, officials, press, owners and associates watched the races from boxes, grandstands, and railside. Frankie Dettorie had just ridden Golden Horn to topple the triple-win effort of Treve in the Qatar Prix de L’Arc. The Qatar Prix De L’Abbaye De Longchamp (named for the Abbey that once stood on the grounds) was won by Gold Dream, and the 19 entries into the Qatar Arabian World Cup were being walked to the saddling arena.

As the World’s top-rated Arabian horses broke out of the gate, jockey Julian Auge’ guided Al Mourtajez to the lead on the rail, a position he never relinquished. The grey Dahess son looked confident as he kept his head in front of the pack, then put on the afterburners at the 600m mark to pull ahead of the peloton and leave the field behind by 5 lengths at the finish. In the process he denied Sir Bani Yas (finishing third after Gazwan) a chance at the Qatar Arabian Triple Crown. Owned by Al Shaqab Racing, the 5-year old was trained by Thomas Fourcy. New in 2015, the Qatar Arabian Triple Crown for Purebred Arabians promised a million dollar bonus prize to the winner of the three Arabian races – Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood (won by Sir Bani Yas), Qatar Arabian World Cup at Longchamp (won by Al Mourtajez), and the HH The Emir’s Sword (Doha) in February of 2016.


Prize giving, Al Mourtajez Photo by Noelle Derre'

Prize giving, Al Mourtajez
Photo by Noelle Derre’

  1. Al Mourtajez
  2. Gazwan
  3. Sir Bani Yas
  4. Djainka Des Forges
  5. Loraa
  6. Al Mouwaffak
  7. Handassa
  8. Majeed
  9. Abhar
  10. Prada T
  11. Sahabba
  12. ™ Thunder Struck
  13. Mouheeb
  14. Vulcain Du Clos
  15. Djet Taouy
  16. Samima
  17. Vetlana De Faust
  18. Lucky Sand
  19. Kalino