H.H THE EMIRS SWORD (GR1 PA) (Sponsored by Total)
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s GAZWAN (Amer x Arc De Ciel) won the USD 1 million Purebred Arabian feature for the second time on the third and final day of H.H. The Emir’s Sword Festival at the QREC on Saturday. Unraced since his win in the Qatar Arabian World Cup in Chantilly, Gazwan, ridden by Cristian Demuro, was unmatched in pace once he got going coming off the final bend in the 2400m race. Olivier Peslier did have Umm Qarn’s Yazeed in pursuit on the straight, but couldn’t do much as the Julian Colin Smart ward built a healthy advantage closer to the post. At the post, a fast approaching EBRAZ (Amer x Massamarie), under Theo Bachelot, also edged out YAZEED (Munjiz x Al Dahma), who was running 2400m for the first time. This was Gazwan’s second straight win over Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle-trained Yazeed, who suffered his first defeat in Qatar this season.
H.H THE EMIRS TROPHY (GR 1) (Presented by Longines) (3yo & older)
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s THE BLUE EYE (Dubawi x Soneva) beat a wide international field, including four who made it to the top five, to top the USD 1 million Thoroughbred feature in style on Saturday. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward edged out the likes of NOOR AL HAWA (Makfi x Majestic Roi), trained by Germany’s Andreas Wohler, and Al Shahania Stud’s US-trained MONEY MULTIPLIER (Looking At Lucky x Inthsify), in a thrilling finish. The 6yo had won the race in 2016 before being well held last year. This time though, the contenders, including Frankie Dettori-ridden Money Multiplier, who took the advantage a couple of furlongs into the race, and Qatar Derby winner Mac Mahon and UK raider Chemical Charge had no say as The Blue Eye played a willing partner to Bentley for a memorable win.
H.H THE EMIRS SILVER SWORD (Sponsored by Al Hazm) (4yo PA)
Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s first winner of the day was EASTER DE FAUST (Mahabb x Ayisha De Faust), who led a one-two for the Champion Trainer in the 1850m run. The Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari owned filly had won four of her five starts coming into the race on Saturday, and she only enhanced her strike rate further with an impressive run on the home straight. The victory, first on the day for Champion Jockey Harry Bentley, saw Easter De Faust finish with a little more than a length to spare as Oisin Murphy-ridden JETHJATH (Azadi x Ajdabya) emerged as a surprise runner-up. Tomas Lukasek helmed EVOLUTION DU CROATE (Dahess x Salsa Du Croate) to a third place finish further down the line.
H.H. THE EMIRS SHALFA (Sponsored by Manateq) (4yo & older TB, 85 & above)
Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki trained PAZEER (Siyouni x Parandeh) had shown quality in the recent past and with an amazing strike rate. On Saturday, the Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi owned colt put on display his amazing turn of foot that saw him snatch the victory in the 2000m run in the final few metres. Eduardo Pedroza had the 4yo stay steady midfield for the bulk of the race but gave a whip a furlong out, and Pazeer was a willing partner, surging forward before blitzing past Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain trained SHABBAB (Siyouni x Floride), with Marc Lerner astride, and the line for a memorable win. Another Al Malki ward, KHATAAF (Shamardal x Sana Abel), made it to third under Jimmy Quinn.
AL BIDDAH MILE (Gr 2) (Sponsored by Almuftah Group) (3yo)
UK trainer Roger Teal and his ward, TIP TWO WIN (Dark Angel x Freddie’s Girl), made their second successful trip to Qatar in as many months winning the USD250,000 race. Running over a mile for the first time, having won the Al Rayyan Stakes in December over seven furlongs, Tip Two Win was midfield on the rails under David Probert for the bulk of the race, before making good use of a gap on the final straight and moving up to challenge Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi schooled ANIMA ROCK (Shamalgan x Carnet De Bal), helmed by Oisin Murphy, and eventually easing past for a comfortable win. Early leader MUALAH (Camelot x Aqua Aura), ridden by Harry Bentley for Qatar’s Champion Trainer, had enough in her to stay on for third.
DUKHAN SPRINT (Gr 3) (Sponsored by Breeder’s Cup)
British raider INTISAAB (Elnadim x Katoom) picked up a thrilling win for trainer David O’Meara in the six furlong sprint on Saturday. Helmed by Martin Harley, who had two victories on second day of the Racing Festival, the 7yo moved to the rails coming out of gate 12 even as Paul Midgley-trained Final Venture set the pace up front along with My Sharona. On the home straight, the latter’s stablemate, IZZTHATRIGHT (Moss Vale x Miss Adelaide), Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward who had won the race last year, took the advantage under Harry Bentley. However, 300m out, Harley had his mount clear through traffic and pick up pace, and beating Izzthatright by a head at the line. Another British horse, GULLIVER (Sayif x Sweet Coincidence) completed the top three under Andrea Atzeni.
QATAR INTERNATIONAL CUP (GR1 PA) (Sponsored by Mclaren)
Yousef Ben Taher Mehaoued’s MOLHEB AL NAIF (Amer x Kesbah) registered his sixth straight win in Qatar with a fantastic ride from Gerald Avranche in the mile long run. Armed with a superb strike and a C&D victory last time round, Molheb Al Naif won comfortably, beating 2016 Qatar Derby topper ATEEJ (AF Albahar x Sahara Croixnoire), trained by French trainer Francois Rohaut, by a length. Harry Bentley helmed CARAB (Majd Al Arab x Cassels Celeste) was the first top three finish of the day for Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi, having edged out Umm Qarn’s Samaa by a quarter of a length at the line.
AL RAYYAN BREEDERS CUP (Sponsored by Germin Trading & Contracting) (4yo & older Local TB)
Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani schooled CANNON (Amadeus Wolf x Picacho) may have been up against a massive task having never run 2000m in Qatar and against a class field on a surface he had raced on a year ago. Yet, under Cristian Demuro, the Mubarak Bin Saeed Aljafai Al Naimi owned colt was up for it and in style as the 5yo raced to a smashing victory with a little under five lengths to spare. Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani trained MOADDIE (Footstepsinthesand x Kasota) finished second under Theo Bachelot, while Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki’s ASAAF (Aussie Rules x Feel) completed the top three under Christophe Soumillon.