Paris, 5 October 2020 - The Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe, which was held under Qatari sponsorship in cooperation between the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) and France Galop, was concluded on Sunday evening by holding the last-day races at ParisLongchamp, in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Thani and HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, the President of Qatar Olympic Committee.
The ParisLongchamp track hosted many powerful and exciting races for the elite of the best racing horses in the world. HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani crowned the winners of the Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe (Group 1) for three-year-old and over fillies for 2400m. This race was one of the most important races at the level of France and Europe in general and is held annually within the activities of the Prix de lArc de Triomphe.
HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Thanis TAYF (Amer) won the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Group 1 PA) in a thrilling fashion and Al Shaqab Racings WOODED (Wootton Bassett) sprinted to a memorable victory in the Prix de lAbbaye de Longchamp Longines (Group 1).
HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani handed the Arabian World Cup to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Thani who received the cup on behalf of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
The eight-year-old TAYF (Amer) was one of the most experienced campaigners in the field, but success in the Qatar Arabian World Cup had previously eluded him. On this occasion, he was making his fifth appearance in the world championship of Purebred Arabian (PA) racing. He landed the spoils under jockey Olivier Peslier and for trainer Thomas Fourcy, who won all the big races for Purebred Arabians during the course of the Qatar Prix de lArc weekend.
Tayf raced in mid-division before going on the offensive in the open stretch, as Messi (Dahess) tried to give his rivals the slip. He clawed back the leader inch by inch. Ebraz (Amer), the favourite and defending champion, had to settle for third, having been unable to unleash his habitual finishing kick on this occasion.
Tayfs victory, the horses first in five attempts at the world championship race for Purebred Arabians, further stamps Qatars authority in Purebred Arabian racing.
Qatar's winning streak at this year's edition of the global event continued with Al Shaqab Racings WOODED (Wootton Bassett) winning the Prix de lAbbaye de Longchamp Longines, a Group 1 over the sprint distance of 1,000m. Sheail bin Khalifa Al Kuwaris LADY PRINCESS (General) won the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Group 1 PA) for four-year-old fillies on Day One of the Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe weekend on Saturday. On Friday, at Saint-Cloud, Al Shaqab Racings ALAWSJ (Dahor de Brugere) won Qatar Arabian Trophy Des Pouliches (Group 1 PA) and Sheail bin Khalifa Al Kuwaris HADI DE CARRERE (Nieshan) landed Qatar Arabian Trophy Des Poulains (Group 1 PA).
CEO of Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) Nasser bin Sherida Al Kaabi congratulated HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Thani, owner of Tayf for winning the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Group 1 PA), and HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani for the winning of WOODED.
Al Kaabi said in a statement that the end of the race was remarkable and reflects Qatar's keenness to continue sponsoring this great global race, despite the current conditions in the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the conclusion of the Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe 2020, the Racing and Equestrian Club is preparing to start the local season in Qatar on October 14, he added.