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Dubai World Cup 2022
Tracknotes - Wednesday
with Jean de Mieulle

Lamet Shamel ©Debbie Burt
Jean de Mieulle, nephew of Alban de Mieulle, took out his trainers’ license in the spring of 2020. Based in a private facility on his family’s estate North of Angers at Morannes sur Sarthe, it has good access to the motorway, just two hours from Paris and three from Bordeaux. He runs the only filly in Saturday’s Dubai Kahayla Classic, Lamet Shamel for owner Waleed Ben Zaied.

“Lamet Shamel is in great form, we picked up a good draw, three good horses on our inside, we’re in four, so we will try to get a good place. Last time I probably made a mistake sending a filly to a Group 1 [Qatar International Cup at the HH The Amir Sword Festival], she took the lead during the race, but she hadn’t run for three months, and she is in much better condition now to face the others. 

“She has already won on the sand twice, here it is different, but she knows about kick back. Also we train on woodchip, so I am confident the surface will not be a problem.”
Lamet Shamel ©Debbie Burt
Speaking of his career as a trainer which began two years ago, he said: “I was not expecting to have international runners that quickly, luckily for us we had a good filly. The stable is improving, we have 40 horses in training, including 10 Arabians, eight three-year-olds and two older ones. We have a lot of two-year-olds this season for good owners, and I have good staff, so I am happy with the situation.”

His yard is set in 40 hectares of wood and grassland, of the facilities he says: “We built everything stables, the tracks, a woodchip track, up a hill, it was a challenge to learn about the track. I’m still learning everyday about my track! I’d never even ridden on that surface before, so I discovered everything on D-day! But woodchip is amazing for the horses, no sore shins, no problems with tendons, it’s good.”

When asked about the Arabians he has in training for 2022 de Mieulle comments: “Most of my Arabians are from Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani and my uncle at the Haras du Grand Courgeon, as well as Mr Teeka and Mr Ben Zaied who are supporting me with Arabians. My business plan was to have 80% thoroughbreds and 20% Arabians because I love them.”

Jean de Mieulle with Yazeed at the Qatar Arabian World Cup in 2017
© Debbie Burt
Having competed with international runners when working for his uncle he is finding life very different with horses in his own name saying: “The pressure is completely different, but it’s good to travel, and also good for my staff, they are learning, even with only one filly, but hopefully they will travel more. It’s a great experience for everybody.”

Looking ahead to the new season with his maidens he comments: “I have a horse running in April, the first race for three-year-olds in France, by Aim South, Zephyr D’Arteo, who will be the first product of that stallion in training in France. He is going well, I’m very confident for him for his first race.

“I have Anouar for Sheikh Abdullah, by Al Tair. He’s been a little bit backward but he’s a machine. Then there is the four-year-old El Nino (by Al Mamun Monlau), he finished fifth on his debut and again in a Group 1PA in Deauville [Al Rayyan Cup to Samlla]. He ran in a maiden at the end of last year and finished second [to Itchy De Nacre], he’s the kind of horse who has really changed physically from three to four years old, so he’ll run at La Teste, he’s going to be competitive in Group races.”

Also in his stable are several three-year-olds by leading young sire Mister Ginoux as well as If De L’Ardus. By Josco Du Cayrou, he is a four-year-old half-brother to the 2021 Qatar Arabian World Cup winner Hoggar De L’Ardus. 
Jean de Mieulle at Meydan © Debbie Burt
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