Au Coeur was one of two purchases from the September 2017 Racing in Dubai sale. He’s only a medium sized sort, but very muscular and well put together, and has proved an absolute bargain at just 45,000 AED (around $12,000).
He was previously trained in France by Andre Fabre and ran just 3 times, where he showed fair ability in maidens.
However he stepped up instantly switched to dirt in the UAE, shedding his maiden tag on his first ever race for us at Jebel Ali on November 15th 2017. He also finished runner-up on his next 2 starts in handicaps, before again twice going close in similar company.
After a well deserved summer off, Au Coeur returned with another valiant effort, finishing third over 1m again at Jebel Ali. He then dropped back to 7f for his next start in November, his first on the straight track and he ran out an impressive 4-length winner, putting him up to an official mark of 85. That second career success also took his earnings with Touch Gold to just short of $40,000.
Au Coeur always wears his heart on his sleeve (aptly named, given the French translation of his name is ‘of the heart’) and has proved a fantastic syndicate horse so far. He is also yet to run at Meydan, something we are keen to try with him at some point, whether it be on the dirt or turf. Either way there should be plenty more fun days ahead with him.