Al Shaqab Racing's classic-placed pattern winner Al Wukair notched up his first win at the highest level when pipping the Godolphin-owned pair Inns Of Court and Thunder Snow in the Group 1 Prix du Haras de Fresney-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois over a mile at Deauville on Sunday afternoon.
The colt is trained by Andre Fabre, he was partnered by Frankie Dettori, and he was bred in Ireland by Ballylinch Stud. His dam, Macheera (by Machiavellian), is a half-sister to classic-placed La Nuit Rose (by Rainbow Quest) and she is a daughter of the Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) heroine Caerlina (by Caerleon).
A 200,000gns graduate of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Al Wukair was an unbeaten stakes winner at two and Group 3 scorer over seven furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte on his seasonal debut at three before finishing third to Churchill and Barney Roy in the Group 1 Qipco 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.
His only other start saw him chase home four-year-old Taareef in the Group 3 Prix Messidor over a mile at Maisons-Laffitte last month.
Dream Ahead (by Diktat), sire of Al Wukair, was a brilliant sprinter and prolific Group 1 star. He spent five seasons at Ballylinch Stud and has completed his first term at Haras de Grandcamp in France. Al Wukair comes from his second crop.