In the colours of Al Shaqab Racing, DUHAIL (Lope de Vega x Single) was making his seasonal bow in the Prix Anabaa, a Class 1 race at Chantilly on Tuesday. Trained in Chantilly by French maestro André Fabre, DUHAIL made short work of his opposition, winning the 1,300-meter contest with ease. This race is a fast-track qualifier to the Betway Sprint All Weather Championship at Lingfield (UK) on the 2nd April. Now 5 years old, this was a 6th career win in 12 starts for the gelding who has been an extremely consistent performer throughout, and who has been Stakes placed and competitive a Group level.
Ridden by Vincent Cheminaud, he was smartly away before settling behind the leaders with cover. There was plenty of rhythm under pacesetter BOTCH (Fuisse x Dame de Montlebeau), and once in the straight Cheminaud waited patiently before following GOLDEN BOY (Siyouni x Straight Lass) in his acceleration, always travelling strongly. With two hundred meters left to run, Cheminaud asked DUHAIL to make his move and, with a swift turn of foot, he pulled clear of the field to pass the post by a 4-length margin. GOLDEN BOY came in second, with the 3rd placed horse, COCO CITY (Elusive City x Coco) ¾ length further back. Five of the eight runners in the race were Stakes performers.
Rupert Pritchard-Gordon, racing manager for Al Shaqab Racing in France commented, “We saw him a fortnight ago at Mr. Fabre’s yard, and he was in good condition. He has wintered well and is now reaching his maturity. He loves the 1,400-metre track at Longchamp, and will be aimed at Group races such as the Palais Royal this year. If he is well in the summer, he could well go to a track such as Goodwood.”
By the top sire Lope de Vega, DUHAIL was bred by Lynch-Bages and Camas Park Stud. SINGLE, his dam, was runner up in the Prix d’Aumale (Gr2). The second dam produced four Stakes performers, including ZANTENDA, third in the Qatar Prix Marcel Boussac (Gr1). He was bought at the Arqana Breeze Up 2018 by Al Shaqab Racing.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club