H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s EBRAZ (Amer x Massamarie) will be back at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) for the first time since winning the H.H. The Emir’s Sword (Gr1 PA), taking a shot at the mile-long Purebred Arabian Guineas for 4yos on Thursday.
While in Europe, the Amer colt won the Dragon Arab Group1 Stakes in Chantilly in September before missing out on the Qatar Arabian World Cup with a third place at the same venue the next month.
Another Julian Colin Smart’s ward in the race is SHABIH ALREEH (Jaafer ASF x Queen Kong), who is a winner over the course and distance from a year ago.
However, the race should be a cracker with Umm Qarn’s YAZEED (Munjiz x Al Dahma) in the ranks. Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle’s ward is a one-time winner in Qatar, but has gone toe to toe with Ebraz, even beating him for the runner up spot in the Qatar Arabian World Cup. Umm Qarn also has SEHAB (Nizam x Kachia), course and distance winner in a maiden, in the run.
Al Jeryan Stud’s AJS GANNAS (AF AlBahar x Karreema) and Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s third charge in the race, the Patrice Nicolet-owned MY FIRST GENERAL (General x Desirama), are both rated 112. However, while the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-trained AJS Gannas is yet to run this season, My First General was well held over 2000m last month.
Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s unbeaten ward AL MUNTATHAR (AF AlBahar x Intifadah) is up against a much better competition this time round while another Al Jeryan colt, EHWAZ (Munjiz x Cherazade), will run for the second time at the QREC after a top-three finish first time round.
In the final race of the eight race card, the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-trained top-rated PAZEER (Siyouni x Parandeh) will be against a packed field in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Guineas for 3yos.
Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s NEGUEV (So You Think x Lady Bering) is yet to race in Qatar but has been rated 102.
Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki also has WHAT A SURPRISE (Rip Van Winkle x Superstitious) and PERFECT STORM (Excelebration x Lady Miletrian) in the run while Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi will also have three runners – PLEASELETMEWIN (Power x Jacaranda Ridge), HIGH COMMANDER (Teofilo x Pellinore) and ALLOGRAPHY (Iffraaj x Anamarka).
In the Local Thoroughbred Guineas for 3yos, Umm Qarn’s JALMOUD (Atlantic Air x Al Basmah) is the top rated horse, and should see competition from Al Jeryan Stud’s AL LUSAIL (Footstepsinthesand x Gooey), who won his debut, a 1100m maiden, and the Zuhair Mohsen Zhuair Maki-trained AL WATAN (Abide With Me x Watneya), who finished second in his season opener.
Apart from the three Guineas races, there will be three more mile-long races, including a local Thoroughbred Handicap and a Purebred Arabian Conditions race. Two six furlong sprints, for Thoroughbreds, will also be run.