Races / 01.10.2022
Managing Director of Al Shaqab Racing, breeder and proprietor of Al Hakeem, Khalifa Al Attiya gave us his emotions just a few hours from the Arc…
Gallop day. – Having a runner within the Arc out of your breeding, what does that imply to you?
Khalifa Al Attiya. – We began breeding Al Shaqab Racing barely 10 years in the past. Our first technology, with 4 foals, included Doha Dream (Shamardal). He was our very first pupil to run the Arc. Al Hakeem will due to this fact be the second, after we are at six generations of merchandise born and bred on the Haras de Bouquetot on the observe.
We know him completely. We noticed him develop and from the beginning he stood out. We’ve had excessive hopes for him for a very long time. Breeding is a sport of persistence. And it is an actual success, for the entire workforce, to have a starter within the Arc. We had the pleasure of experiencing the 2 victories of Truce (Motivation). But having a home-bred product, beneath the colours of Al Shaqab Racing, in probably the most prestigious occasion on this planet, is an excellent better reward.
Like yearly, this race brings collectively many good horses. We hope that Al Hakeem’s good rope quantity will work in his favor. This is the fifteenth version of the Arc with the sponsorship of Qatar. And that makes it all of the extra particular to us.
In 2022, Al Shaqab Racing’s English thoroughbred stallions coated 883 mares in France, making Bouquetot one of many main French stud farms. How is your calibration exercise in France evolving? And internationally?
When we launched the Haras de Bouquetot, our aim was at all times to construct a strong provide of stallions in France. Since then, we now have invested massively to construct a splendid yard of stallions, in addition to to unearth future sires and have them run at the very best stage in Europe, earlier than bringing them to stud in France. We have additionally employed a reliable and skilled workforce to handle them, handle them and promote them.
At first, we solely welcomed stallions belonging to Al Shaqab Racing. But in a second step, we opened as much as sires that have been the topic of partnerships. Finally, our newest recruits are unionized. An necessary step has been taken with the arrival of romanised (Holy Roman Emperor), which doesn’t belong to Al Shaqab. We stay open to one of these alternative as a result of we now have to know methods to welcome stallions with the profile to succeed on the French and European market. Stallions play a central position in bettering breeding. You should strive numerous them to search out the best one, the one that can be capable to have a constructive affect on French breeding. We hope to unearth the long run Siyouni (Pivotal) or subsequent Wootton Bassett (Iffraaj)! In normal, we’re additionally very pleased with the success of the stallions who officiate inside the framework of partnerships, like mehmas (Acclamation). His success is good. It appears able to turning into a frontrunner in Europe. Without forgetting Toronado (High Chaparral), who’s on his solution to glory in Australia.
Who are your different weekend starters?
Carousel Square (Lope de Vega) made us completely satisfied this spring and she’s going to make her comeback within the Prix l’Opéra (Gr1). We anticipate an excellent efficiency from him. In Purebred Arabians, Al Wakra (TM Fred Texas) took half within the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Juments (Gr1 PA) and Mwarid (Amer) will participate within the Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) on Sunday. It’s an actual delight as a result of they’re two merchandise of the breeding of Al Shaqab Racing and they are going to be ridden by the Qatari jockey Faleh Bughenaim. It was he who led our colours to victory on Friday within the Qatar Arabian Trophy des Pouliches (Gr1) with Nour Al Maury (Azadi).
On October 29, Welwal ought to run the Golden Eagles of which he’s already a part of the ante-post betting. Why did you ship this winner of the Prix de Fontainebleau (Gr3) to Australia?
Welwal (Shalaa) is an excellent miler who enjoys quick terrain. And we predict he’ll discover circumstances to his liking in Australia. Furthermore, his father Shalaa (Invincible Spirit), breeding in Australia in partnership with Arrowfield, sending an excellent horse to this nation is one other solution to promote the stallion.
More typically, we’re extra and extra current in Australia, the place Toronado asserts himself as among the best stallions. Wooded (Wootton Bassett) was very properly obtained in his first season at Swettenham Stud. Shalaa is now a everlasting resident of Arrowfield. We are sending extra and extra mares there to help all of them.
Al Shaqab Racing can also be current throughout this weekend due to the sponsorship of the Critérium Arqana. The occasion is profitable, with 17 entries. How do you see the evolution of this race?
This sponsorship is essential to us. This public sale race not providing a bonus proportional to the allocation, we wished to grab the chance to reward breeders in one other method. The breeders of the primary three will certainly profit from free projections. Without breeders, no horses… and no races! Given that we park a variety of stallions, mathematically their descendants are quite a few on the gross sales rings. And this race is an actual encouragement for the yearling market.
Al Shaqab Racing’s stallion providing can also be very profitable amongst Purebred Arabians. Al Mourtajez and Mister Ginoux are the very best younger stallions on this planet.
We arrived on the races by way of the Arabian thoroughbreds. And we truly began with them in 2011. Our very first Gr1 winner was a thoroughbred Arabian, Al Nashmiya (Azadi). She had received the race that Nour Al Maury has simply received! His son Mwarid (Amer) will defend our colours within the Qatar Arabian World Cup. We have round 200 Purebred Arabians in France, together with 60 broodmares and 45 horses in coaching.
Five years in the past, Al Shaqab Racing had 63 starters per 12 months in Qatar. For the 2021/2022 season, it is thrice extra!
We are within the strategy of growing our numbers in Qatar, with the Purebred Arabians particularly. Our aim is to achieve 60 horsepower in coaching. We have already got 25 broodmares in our stables in Doha. The high quality of the races has improved lots in recent times. And with the brand new program provided by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, it will likely be very fascinating to see how our horses carry out within the area.
Al Shaqab Racing has had horses in affiliation for a very long time, resembling Ectot or Brametot. This 12 months, the very best instance is actually Place du Carrousel…
These associations come as alternatives come up. Ectot (Hurricane Run) and Brametot (Rajasman) are the very best examples, their house owners having wished to maintain a few of them throughout their racing profession, then at stud. We have additionally repeatedly purchased yearlings or 2-year-olds in partnership. Place du Carrousel is considered one of them. We stay open to alternatives.
At the time these strains are written, you could have horses with 22 completely different French trainers. Why ?
The concept is solely to not put all of your eggs in a single basket. We additionally imagine that every sort of horse corresponds to a coach profile. And typically, the very fact of shopping for horses in affiliation permits us to work with a brand new skilled.