Coming back to track action after a break of 10 months, Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s MUALAH (Camelot x Aqua Aura) stayed well at the top of the pack to win the Qatar Oaks (F) (Gr 3) (Thoroughbreds 3YO) in thrilling fashion. Ridden by champion jockey Harry Bentley for champion trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi, Mualah had Al Jeryan Stud’s MZOON (Dark Angel x Lethal Lena) for company in the final few metres of the race, and it was too close to call when the two crossed the post. Eventually, a photo finish put Mualah ahead of Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s ward, ridden by Tomas Lukasek, by a nose. The Rashid Mohammed Al Jehani-trained NORTHERN BEAM (Teofilo x Raaya) completed the top three under Stephan Ladjadj.
British raider CONCIERGE (Society Rock x Warm Welcome) followed in the footsteps of another UK runner, Tip Two Win, to win the seven-furlong Al Rayyan Stakes (Thoroughbreds 2YO only) in a thrilling finish at the Al Rayyan Park turf in Qatar on Friday. Ridden by Jason Watson for young UK-based trainer, George Scott, the gelding stayed midfield coming on to the final straight before joining the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained LUCHADOR (Holy Roman Emperor x Bride Unbridled), helmed JP Guillambert, at the front of the pack. At the post, Concierge managed to edge out his rival by a short head for a thrilling win while Tomas Lukasek guided the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-trained ARABIC CHANNEL (English Channel x Mahogany Lane) to third place four and a half lengths behind. French Ambassador to Qatar, HE Mr. Franck Gellet, presented the trophies to the winners. CONCIERGE was also selected the Best Turned Out Horse of this race.
Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s third winner of the day was JOWHARAT (General x Noorah), who was in a league of her in the final furlong of the 2000m Qatar Oaks (Purebred Arabians 4YO Fillies only). She took the advantage and then pulled away from the rest of the pack under a fantastic ride by Ronan Thomas, who was in the famous Umm Qarn’s silks.
Between her maiden win over C&D, in April 2018, and Friday, Al Jeryan Stud’s LATAMAH (Pivotal x Poseidon’s Bride) had always stayed in the mix with three third-place finishes. In the Qatar Oaks (Local Thoroughbreds 3YO Fillies only), under Tomas Lukasek, the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-schooled Latamah picked up a close victory with three quarters of a length to spare at the post.
Al Thumama Racing’s BRONZE MAQUETTE (Dark Angel x Precious Citizen) picked up her first victory in over a year when Theo Bachelot helmed the mare to a fine win in the Sawda Natheel Stakes (Fillies & Mares) for Thoroughbreds. Mohammed Hussain Afroz’s ward took the advantage a furlong out and held on well for a one and a half lengths victory in the six-furlong sprint. Adrian Beaumont of the International Racing Bureau presented the trophies to the winners of the race.
Umm Qarn’s ADHAB (General x Zalzalah) shed her maiden status on her debut on Friday with a credible victory in the Local Purebred Arabian Plate (3 Year Old Fillies). Ridden by Mathieu Pelletan, the Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle-trained filly stayed midfield before the jockey asked her to go, a furlong out. At the post, she won by a length to spare.
Al Shaqab Racing’s GTNAH (TM Fred Texas x Mayada) had set a good standard with a fourth place finish on her Qatar debut over 1850m three weeks ago. On Friday, in the mile-long Purebred Arabian Plate (3 Year Old Fillies), Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle’s ward had little trouble under Ronan Thomas to go past the post four lengths ahead of her rival, breaking her duck.
Brushing aside a forgettable finish on her last outing, the Subaiya Awad Ibrahim-owned BINT AL AKABER (AF Albahar x Waad Fadi) improved her strike this season by racing to her second victory from three races on Friday. In the Purebred Arabian Handicap (75 & below), the 7YO mare had Ryan Curatolo in the saddle and the duo won handsomely with three and a quarter lengths to spare.
A fortnight after he impressed with a runner-up finish on his debut, the Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi-owned BAB AL RAYYAN (Mayson x Dorothy’s Dancing) was back in the winners’ enclosure with a dominant four and a half lengths victory in the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate event. Trained by Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki, the 3YO colt was ridden by Eduardo Pedroza in the seven-furlong run.