Qurbaan was the decisive winner of the Listed mile Prix Saonois at Cagnes-sur-Mer on Polytrack today Saturday, February 18, a French Fast-Track Qualifier for the All-Weather Championships.
The four-year-old beat his Francois Rohaut stable companion, the filly Cersei, by a length and a half eased down and gained a free and guaranteed place in the £150,000 Sun Bets Mile on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14.
Qurbaan, partnered by Francois Xavier-Bertras, has now been successful on all five of his starts on Polytrack and is on the upgrade.
He beat British raider Sovereign Debt by a short-neck in the Listed Prix Luthier at Deauville on December 17 and today was always travelling strongly, racing in second of the seven runners before going to the front just past the quarter-mile post.
Qurbaan ran on well to triumph over Cersei, with Stephane Pasquier up, who stayed on out of the chasing pack. The winning time was 1m 35.22s.
Rohaut said afterwards: “We know that Qurbaan is a very good horse, especially on Polytrack, but he could probably win a Group race on good to firm ground.
“Today’s race was run at a good pace, he was always going well, took up the running in the straight and waltzed away.
“He is now qualified to run in the mile All-Weather Final and whether he does will be up to Sheikh Hamdan (owner) and (racing manager) Angus Gold. Qurbaan will be prepared for the Lingfield Park race.
“Cersei is a nice filly who proved she stayed a mile today.”