Rashid Meshlesh Al Hajri crown winners SPAGHETTI and RASSAN shine with cup victories

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s SPAGHETTI (Snoopi x Nouillaugratin) was in smashing form as the 2016 HH The Amir’s Silver Sword winner blitzed to victory under Harry Bentley in the Al Daayen Cup, the Purebred Arabian Conditions race, on Thursday. The win, second on the day for both Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and Bentley, saw the 6yo race to an almost seven-length victory over Al Shaqab Racing’s AL WALID (Dahess x Al Sarwa), helmed by Faleh Bughanaim

for Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle, while another Ghazali ward, MESSINE DE SINUHE (Njewman x Amidou Douzaia), completed the top three under JP Guillambert.

Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s RASSAN (Amer x Sandytiki) went one better than his last outing to notch his 15th career win as Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and Harry Bentley completed a hat-trick of victories on the day. The 8yo won the Doha Cup, a Local Purebred Arabian Conditions race on dirt, that was the final race

of the card with three lengths to spare. Saleem Golam helmed Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi’s RAQEE (Mared Al Sahra x Cath) to second place, while the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-trained AL MUNTATHAR (AF AlBahar x Intifadah) was third under Eduardo Pedroza.

HE Rashid Meshlesh Al Hajri, Director of Al Daayen Municipality, crowned the winners of the two feature races in presence of Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, QREC Racing Manager.

PERIGEE (Cacique x Purissima) was the first winner of the day for Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi as the 5yo won the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90) in a close finish. Harry Bentley, who had ridden the colt during his only win in Qatar two years ago, was in the saddle again as the horse won the 1700m run with three quarters of a length to spare.

Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s ward, VENTURA SHADOW (Equiano x Stavinsk’s Gal), may have ended last season in forgettable fashion, but the mare began the new one well, topping the Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 4) (85 & below) with ease. Tomas Lukasek helmed the 6yo to a two length victory in the six furlong sprint.

The Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim-saddled CRISSCROSSED (Oasis Dream x Double Crossed) bounced back from a forgettable run on turf last time, stepping up in distance for his first win of the season. JP Guillambert guided the 6yo old to a dominant five-length victory in the 1800m Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 5) (70 & below) as the horse won for the first time since January 2016.

After going winless last season, the Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain-saddled CATCH A WAVE (Approve x Casablanca Jewel) won on his second outing as Ray Fuentes rode his second winner in as many weeks on Thursday. Fuentes helmed the gelding to a comfortable victory in the five-furlong Thoroughbred Graduation Plate (Class 5).

ADMIRAL (Shamardal x Raheeba) dropped in distance as Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s charge picked up a close victory in the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate. Ridden by Jimmy Quinn in the colours of Sheikh Khalid Bin Jassim Bin Thani Al Thani, the 4yo won the six-furlong sprint with three quarters of a length to spare.

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s YANAR (Amer x Mansourah) had shown promise in her first two runs this season, including a C&D fourth place last time round. On Thursday, in the 1700m Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (Fillies & Mares), JP Guillambert helmed Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim’s ward to a smashing 17-length victory for the 5yo’s maiden win.

Three and a half years after last winning a race, Khalid Nasser Hamad Al Naimi’s SAAB (AF Albahar x Fille Des Sables) registered his second career win in the Local Purebred Arabian Novice Plate. Gerald Avranche helmed the 7yo in the six furlong sprint as the horse won comfortably with three and a half lengths in hand.