Munir Du Soleil was the comfortable winner of the Prix Ourour (Listed PA) in Toulouse, France, on Thursday evening for owner Abdullah bin Fahad al-Attiyah. It was his first career win, and the horse has shown promise given that he has already performed at Group 1 PA level, despite his lack of experience.
Soko took the lead in the race, alongside Muntasir with Munir du Soleil in third in the rail. Coming into the straight, Munir Du Soleil took the lead and cruised to an impressive victory with Julien Augé in the saddle. Soko held on for second, with Al Shaqab Racing’s Hazzam in third.
Trainer Thomas Fourcy was winning the Prix Ourour for the third consecutive year. He remarked on this year’s winner, “He’s done it well, without being impressive, but that’s how he his – he always does the minimum. He will improve with time and should be an interesting horse for next year.”
A staying colt, Munir Du Soleil could head to Qatar for the winter, but nothing has been decided yet.
Munir Du Soleil is one of the top class purchases made by the young owner, Abdullah bin Fahad al-Attiyah. Raised at Haras du Saubouas, he was bred by Du Soleil Stud, which is run by Lisa and Pierre Deymonaz. He is by the late, great sire Munjiz and out of Rahab, a sister to champion General, dual Qatar Arabian World Cup (Gr1 PA) winner who stands at Haras du Grand Courgeon, and the champion mare Al Dahma, winner of 25 races, including four wins in the Qatar International Trophy.
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