Homebreds the way forward for Qatar Racing

Sheikh Fahad: hopes to have 40-50 homebreds go into training

PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Homebreds the way forward for Qatar Racing
By Zoe Vicarage 12:07PM 12 SEP 2016

QATAR RACING will look to race more homebreds in the future and plan to be less busy at this year's autumn yearling sales.

Sheikh Fahad Al Thani's operation, which was founded in 2012, has established itself as a leading performer in the ranks thanks to the successes of Group 1 winners Just The Judge, Simple Verse, Elm Park and recent Group 2 scorer Lightning Spear.

Over the past few years, Fahad has been present at the major yearling sales purchasing a number of yearlings to race in his familiar maroon and gold silks.

In an interview with Alastair Down in RP Sunday Fahad said: "Breeding takes time to establish its momentum, and now we have enough horses for a proper broodmare band. For the last four or five years we have been buying yearlings but we will be much less busy in that market this autumn.

"We are commercial and there is an annual budget which my brothers expect us to stay within."

Fahad has clearly learnt plenty from his brief involvement in bloodstock, and added: "You spend endless time planning matings of this mare to that sire but it can all be in vain. Hydrogen being a case in point!"

Back at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in 2012 he paid 2.5 million gns for Hydrogen, a Galilelo half-brother to Authorized who went on to finish down the field in two starts.

With the hope of having 40-50 homebreds going into training in the foreseeable future, Fahad will use outside stallions as his breeding operation begins to find its feet.

He said: "We will be using more outside stallions and the one advantage we have over other is that we are six brothers together and we are all young. We have time on our side."

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