His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Teppal stayed unbeaten after winning the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) (Gr1) at Paris Longchamp on Sunday, 13 May. The filly travelled along the inside rail not far from the leaders and accelerated well in the home straight. Even though she had only ran twice, she managed to resist the attacks of her rivals, imposing herself by a short neck. Coeur de Beauté took the second place, a head of Wind Chimes while Capla Temptress came fourth.
David Simcock, trainer of the winner, said: “I’m made up. It’s just nice to get a horse good enough to compete in a race like this and so to train a first Classic winner is fantastic. We were hopeful beforehand as she’s very streetwise and she was in good shape. We weren’t overly fussed when the course was changed and Olivier gave her a great ride.“
Teppal has made her seasonal comeback in this race and over a mile (8 furlongs). As a two-year old, she won twice over seven furlongs. The filly has been entered in the Coronation Stakes (Gr1) to be run on 22 June at Ascot.
Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohanndi:
Indicator for forthcoming Qatari successes
HE Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohanndi, QREC Chairman, extended congratulation on the big victory to HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, owner of Teppal. “This victory came at an excellent time for Qatari horses”, he said, “It gives an indicator that the season will see many Qatari successes overseas. It also confirms the high standard of horses running in such races, especially as the French 1000 Guineas is one of the most important races run in Paris and the runners are known for this high calibre, particularly as it is a group 1 race.”
“We are proud of all Qatar’s successes in international races”, he added, “and QREC are pleased with such victories. This victory sends a good message for other horse owners in the near future because we look forward to ongoing success and to confirm Qatar’s pioneering standing and ability to go very high in the world’s top races.”
Abdulrahman Al Mansour:
Bright future awaiting Teppal
Abdulrahman Al Mansour, Al Shahania Director, expressed his pleasure with this victory. “It is a good start for us in the European races this season”, he said, “It is good to have a filly like Teppal because she has run in three races so far and has won them all and this this latest one is in a group 1 race, so she will a bright future in her coming outings.”
“I dedicate this victory HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, owner of Al Shahania Stud, who is keen to own the best breeds, which in turn adds to our excellence in races. The last season, which has just ended, was fantastic for Al Shahania as we won the top races. We look forward to continuing such victories overseas. In the near future, we will be there in several races with high ambitions and expectations.”
Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi:
Congratulations to HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa
Nasser Bin Sherida Al Kaabi, QREC General Manager, extended congratulations to HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, owner of Teppal, winner of the Gr 1 French 1000 Guineas for such huge victory at Paris Longchamp.
“We are very happy with this victory, especially as it is a group 1 race”, he said, “Teppal’s excellence adds to our confidence that there will be plenty of victories by Qatari horses overseas this season. We always look forward to realising results up to the standing and standard of Qatari racing and the talents and skills showcased by Qatar’s horses in various races.”