Madrid, 16 August 2020 - HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani had a new winner when Antar (Al Mamun Monlau x Al Dahma) ran out the impressive winner of the Premio Sheikh Mansoor Festival Maiden, a mile for three-year-old and older Purebred Arabians at San Sebastian, Spain.
The three-year-old colt is trained in France by Didier Guillemin and this was his first win, following two promising second places and a fifth in the Qatar Coupe de France des Pur-Sang Arabes (Gr2 PA).
The runners were sharply away over 1,600 metres on the Spanish track of Sebastian, with Antar sitting just behind the leaders with no cover. The jockeys took the field towards the outside of the track to find the better ground. Coming into the turn, the pace steadied and they came back to the rail, with Antar sitting on the rail behind the pace setter Bovary De Pompadour (Madjani x Berenice Royale). Perfectly placed coming off the turn into the straight, jockey Emilien Revolte sat quietly with plenty of confidence in his mount before unleashing him in the final 200 metres. With great ease, Antar took the lead and won by almost two lengths under top weight from a fast finishing Rannan (No Risk Al Maury x Pralinedo).
The bay colt ANTAR, also bred by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, is by Al Shaqab Racing Purebred Arabian sire Al Mamun Monlau, who stands at Haras du Grand Courgeon. He is out of the prolific Al Dahma (Amer) – the winner of 25 races from the ages of 3 to 8.
She recorded notable wins, including the Gr1s PA: the Coupe d’Europe des Chevaux Arabes PA (three times), the French Arabian Breeders’ Cup Mile PA, the HH The Amir Sword PA (twice), the Qatar International Trophy PA (four times), the HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy PA, the Qatar National Day Trophy PA (twice), the Dubai International Stakes PA, the President Cup, and the Malazgirt Trophy.
After generating the champion Yazeed (Munjiz), Al Dahma has also produced Marid (TM Fred Texas), a dual Gr1 PA winner, and the top-rated French colt of 2018, and Chamekh (Munjiz), whose third racecourse appearance was in the HH Amir Sword (Gr1 PA).