Dark Pursuit wins Marmi Cup

Abdulhadi Mana A SH Al-Hajri’s DARK PURSUIT (Pastoral Pursuits x Ogre) was the answer in the feature race of the nine-race card at QREC Al Rayyan Park dirt track on Wednesday, 23 January. The three-year-old gelding landed the Marmi Cup for three-year-old Thoroughbreds (Class 2) for trainer Stefano Ibido. Ridden by Carlo Fiocchi, the bay gelding managed to end the proceedings the way he liked and win the six-furlong contest with a margin of 1.25 lengths. Al Thumama Racing’s LIFE OF RILEY was saddled by Mohammed Hussain Afroz and he finished the runner-up under jockey Faleh Bughanaim. Ivan Rossi guided the Al Jasra Stud-owned and the Tareq Essa R A Abdulla-trained Cococabala to the third place with further 2.25 lengths behind.

Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari’s THIRD DIMENSION (Dubawi x Round the Cape) lined up for the Thoroughbred Conditions Race with claims pretty obvious to follow up Al Khor Cup win on this surface in November and he was up to the mission. The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained eight-year-old gelding made it two of two this season as he won the nine-furlong contest with a margin of 1.75 lengths under Harry Bentley, making it a fourth and a third successes on the day for the Champion trainer and the Champion jockey respectively.

Al Shahania Stud’s SHABAH (Amer x Arc De Ciel) scored his first win this season and the fourth in his eight-outing career when he won Purebred Arabian Conditions Race. The Julian Colin Smart-trained seven-year-old, who remains lightly raced for age, had a winning margin of 0.75 of a length. He was steered to success by jockey Theo Bachelot, who completed his triple of the day.

Injaaz Stud’s AL MUSTAFIZ (AF AlBahar x Djimana) added a third victory to his tally in the Purebred Arabian Handicap for horses rated 90 and below. The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-saddled six-year-old colt was a favourite and he proved his merit winning the six-furlong contest under Harry Bentley with half a length to spare. He made it a triple for the trainer and a double for the jockey.

Abdullah Mohammed Al Kuwari Sons’ TAKE A NAP (Vocalised x Napping) has made a fine start to his career in Doha and he did confirm it making it four wins from six starts, when he took the fifth race in the card, giving his trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and his jockey Theo Bachelot their second winner of the day. The four-year-old colt was able to cope with another rise in class and came out on top in the six-furlong Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 70 – 90 (Class 3) 1200m.

Nasser Saeed M S Al-Eida’s CAPTAIN VANCOUVER (George Vancouver x Asiana) has been an in-form performer this term, having won a Maiden Plate winner and run well in a Thoroughbred Handicap over 1900m a couple of weeks ago. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward backed that with his second career win in the Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 80 and Below. It was jockey Theo Bachelot who steered the four-year-old gelding to a one length victory.

Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik’s SRAAB (High Chaparral x Marie Dora) completed a hat-trick in the 1700m Local Thoroughbreds contest for Fillies and Mares, giving her trainer Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi his second winner of the day. Helmed by Ryan Curatolo, the 10-year-old mare came on top with a margin of 2.75 lengths, recording her 18th career victory and making it three of three this term.

Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari’s AL HASNAA (Siyouni x Landora) was a creditable third in a maiden last time. Her return to a longer trip this time suited her well. The Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi-trained four-year-old filly was led by jockey Harry Bentley to break her duck in the 1900m Thoroughbred Maiden Plate (Class 6), which was her second time out. Her winning margin was 1.25 lengths.

Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah & Son’s AL SAMEL (AF AlBahar x Shahirat Al Naif) opened the proceedings of the day, getting off the mark in the nine-furlong Local Purebred Arabian Novice Plate. The Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi-trained five-year-old colt recorded his first victory, under jockey Rashid Ali Al Marri, with an amazing margin of 8.50 lengths, proving he did find improvement when third in maiden a fortnight ago and is able to do better.