DOHA CUP (LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIANS)
Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki's NOMAAS (Hatteen x Raleuse De Faust) went one better than his last two outings this season, beating a highly rated field to win the final race of the nine-race card at the QREC on Wednesday. The nine-furlong run on dirt saw Marvin Suerland beat the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained AL MARBOUSH (Amer x Qadira De Faust) by a little over a length while the Julian Colin Smart-schooled REDA (Burning Sand x Ba'scherit) had to settle for third under Theo Bachelot. Nomaas never handed over the advantage to the other two once he went up front. Al Marboush, helmed by Harry Bentley, did try and mount a pursuit on the home stretch, but Nomaas had enough in the tank to win by a little more than a length.
AL DAAYEN CUP (PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS)
Faleh Bughanaim guided the Mohanad Jassim Al Yaqout-owned M.J LATTAM (AF AlBahar x Menwat Al Jazeera) to his second straight victory this season. The Qatari rider had guided the Mohammed Nasser Al Naimi's ward to victory over the same course and distance a week ago and did the same again in the penultimate race on Wednesday. The victory over better-rated rivals in the six-furlong sprint augured well for the owners. The Harry Bentley-ridden CAID DE L'ARDUS (Mahabb x Jelfa De L'Ardus) tracked Mutazz who had a slight edge early on. Coming off the final bend, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi's ward moved into the lead, but M.J Lattam joined the 5yo for a duel, eventually edging out the top-rated horse by a head. Another Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward, SAMJIDA (Majd al Arab x CR Samborsta), completed the top three under Pierantonio Convertino.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 3) (70-90)
SHABBAB (Siyouni x Floride) was trainer Deborah Mountain's first winner this season when the Hassan Ali Abdulmalik owned gelding topped the 1700m run with a pillar to post victory. Saleem Golam had Shabbab move into the lead coming off Gate 2 and the 4yo held even as Khalid Nasser Al Naimi's ward, PARKES AND RIDE (Pivotal x Kaabari), ridden by Gerald Avranche, moved up from midfield to threaten the leader in the final furlong. Parkes and Ride came close but had to settle for second ahead of Mohammed Jassim Ghazali trained AL MAFTOON (Lilbourne Lad x Mooching Along), helmed by Harry Bentley.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 4) (85 & BELOW)
Jockey Tomas Lukasek helmed a winner for the second straight race on the day when he guided POET’S SONG (Poet's Voice x Bee Eater) to his third career win on Wednesday. In the six-furlong sprint, the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-schooled Poet’s Song made it to the post a length and a quarter ahead of the Mubarak Mohammed Al Khayareen-trained SAAKHEN (Invincible Spirit x Upperville), who was ridden by Harry Bentley in the race. Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s GREYSCAPE (Dark Angel x Sugar Blossom) was third under Saleem Golam’s ride.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 5) (70 & BELOW)
The Owaida Salem Mohammed Al Hajri-trained TIJAN (Shamardal x Cherry Orchard) continued his progress moving up the order, finally notching his second career win on Wednesday. Tomas Lukasek, who had guided the gelding to a runner up finish on their last outing last month, helmed the 6yo yet again. Early on, JP Guillambert had Gaspirali move to the front along with the Faleh Bughanaim-helmed KING OF DOHA (Duke Of Marmalade x Bibury). Tijan moved up on the outside, going past a weakened Gaspirali, and eventually King of Doha for fine win, while Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani’s CHINA CLUB (Shamardal x Twyla Tharp) finished third under Marc Lerner.
THOROUGHBRED GRADUATION PLATE (CLASS 5)
The Mohammed Hussain Afroz-trained RISK ADJUSTED (Bushranger x Silk Fan) held off a challenge by three wards of Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi to win the five-furlong sprint on Wednesday. A week after Gerald Avranche had guided the colt to his first victory in Qatar, Risk Adjusted went past the post a length and a quarter ahead of Harry Bentley's ride, WAYSIDE FLOWER (Shamardal x Umseyat), even as MIDAAWI (Kodiac x Cuca Vela) and Urban Dreamer followed in third and fourth. The result snapped the hat-trick attempt of Injaaz Stud's Midaawi.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE
After finishing in the top four three straight times in the last one month, the Mohamed Khaled Elahmed-trained KHOUD (Abide With Me x Colorado Springs) finally shed her maiden status on Wednesday. In the six furlong sprint, Darren Williams guided the filly to a comfortable two and a half-length victory even as the Hamad Ateeq Al Marri-schooled REEM BROOQ (Line Of David x Neon Lipstick) was a runner up under Jean Baptiste Hamel. Al Jasra Stud's MUSAITER BU THAILA (Elusive City x Pomme D'Amour) was third for the second straight time, this time under Harry Bentley.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (FILLIES & MARES)
Three debutantes locked out the top three spots in the 1700m race with Umm Qarn’s DEEBAH (Nizam x Leaulita) racing to a handsome victory in the second race on Wednesday. Trained by Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle, the 3yo was ridden to a three-length victory by Jean Baptiste Hamel. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s SOULTA (Amer x Nashma) did enough to finish runner up and avoid a one-two for Umm Qarn, with Stephan Ladjadj guiding MARAAM (General x Moonlit) to third for De Mieulle.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE (QATARI RIDERS ONLY)
Dhafi Rashid Al Marri’s TASSLAM (Kalbarq x Bahirah) registered his second career victory after a confident ride by Khalid Abdulaziz Al Kuwari. In the six-furlong sprint for maidens and one-time winners, Al Kuwari had his 4yo mount stay midfield even as UDAI AL WAJBA (Hatteen x Istoora) took a sizeable advantage up front under Abdulla Rashid Al Adgham. Coming off the final bend, Tasslam picked up pace and steadily went past the early leader on the inside, going past the post a little over a length ahead of Udai Al Wajba while ZAKHIR AL MAJD (Kalbarq x Raleuse De Faust) rounded up the top three.