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Jaber Abdullah’s Marhaba Ya Sanafi (Ire) (Muhaarar {GB}–Danega {GB}, by Galileo {Ire}) was scoreless in four starts since annexing May’s G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains and regained the winning thread in this seasonal return. Last term’s G1 Prix du Jockey Club placegetter settled third along the fence through halfway, but slipped one spot rounding the home turn. Coming under pressure approaching the quarter-mile marker, he went second entering the final furlong and was ridden out to deny long-time leader Topgear (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}) by 1 1/4 lengths nearing the line.

“I am happy, very happy,” said winning trainer Andreas Schutz. “I am happy for the horse, happy for the owner and happy for the jockey. It looks like a mile is his best trip and it was the owner who suggested bringing him back to a mile, so it was a good decision. I was very happy with his run in the Jockey Club, but it looked like the distance was too much for him. He’s entered in the [Apr. 1 G3] Prix Edmond Blanc [over this course and distance] and then we’ll have to see. I would like to see him back in Group 1 company at some stage this season, but there’s no fixed plan yet.”

Marhaba Ya Sanafi, half to a yearling colt by Hello Youmzain (Fr), is the fourth of six foals and one of two scorers produced by an unraced half-sister to G2 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial and G3 Ballysax S. placegetter Fergus McIver (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells). The March-foaled bay’s G3 Noblesse S.-winning second dam Danelissima (Ire) (Danehill) is out of the dual stakes-winning Zavaleta (Ire) (Kahyasi {Ire}), herself a daughter of stakes-winning matriarch La Meilleure (Ire) (Lord Gayle). Descendants of Zavaleta include G1 Dewhurst S.-winning sire Intense Focus (Giant’s Causeway) and G1 Moyglare Stud S. heroine Skitter Scatter (Scat Daddy).

Thursday, Saint-Cloud, France
PRIX ALTIPAN-Listed, €52,000, Saint-Cloud, 3-7, 4yo/up, 8fT, 1:49.68, vhy.
1–MARHABA YA SANAFI (IRE), 126, c, 4, Muhaarar (GB)–Danega (GB), by Galileo (Ire). O-Jaber Abdullah; B-Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Andreas Schutz; J-Mickael Barzalona. €26,000. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Fr, 10-4-1-1, €624,160.
2–Topgear (Fr), 126, h, 5, Wootton Bassett (GB)–Miss Lech, by Giant’s Causeway. (€200,000 Ylg ’20 ARQSEP). O-Hisaaki Saito; B-Snig Elevage (FR); T-Christopher Head. €10,400.
3–American Flag (Fr), 126, c, 4, Wootton Bassett (GB)–Tres Americanqueen (Fr), by American Post (GB). (€102,000 Ylg ’21 ARQAUG). O-Malcolm Parrish; B-Chevotel de la Hauquerie (FR); T-Yann Barberot. €7,800.
Margins: 1 1/4, 2, SHD. Odds: 2.80, 1.70, 2.40.
Also Ran: Half Half (Fr), Russipant Fal (Mor), Arcandi (Ger), Breizh Eagle (Fr). Scratched: Anthorus (Fr). Video, sponsored by FanDuel TV.

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