AL ZUBARA CUP (Local PA Conditions)
H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s AALEY AL MAGAM (Amer x Abigaille) won his first race since December 2015 in the 1900m dirt feature on Wednesday. The win was jockey Alberto Sanna’s second on the day. Julian Smart trained Aaley Al Magam had come close to a victory twice earlier this season, including in the last run more than a month ago. On Wednesday, a much fresher Aaley Al Magam beat Injaaz Stud’s AL MARBOUSH (Amer x Qadira De Faust) at the post by 1 ½ lengths, while Ibrahim Al Malki’s MOWHOUBAT AL ZAIDY (Al Mudaffar x El Modamerah) completed the top three.
PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (80 & below)
Jockey Saleem Golam picked up his third win on the day guiding Ahmed Kobeissi’s QAA’ED (Amer x TM La Belle Proper) to his second straight victory in less than a month. Qaa’ed had won a handicap mile under Kelly Harrison in March on turf, but moving courses and going up in distance seems to have not dented the 7yo’s effectiveness. Mohammed Kazim Al Ansari & Sons’ Qaa’ed finished 3 ½ lengths ahead of Hassan Al Matwi’s FALOT DEL FALOT (Akbar x Djoulai), ridden by Xavier Ziani, while Alberto Sanna helmed HADDAJ DUKHAN (Majd Al Arab x Gantra El Baraka) to the final podium finish in the race.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 5) (56-70)
Trainer Ibrahim Al Malki picked up a one-two, with Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani owned IZGHAWA (Majestic Warrior x Wildcat Gold) topping the field in this six furlong sprint. Saleem Golam, who guided the filly to a victory in her last run a month ago, helmed the 5yo once again on Wednesday, and the filly handled the change of course from turf to dirt, and a move down in distance with little trouble. She finished a comfortable two lengths ahead of second-placed BADER (Sharp Humor x Cecilia's Crown), ridden by Alberto Sanna, while Salem Al Hajri’s AL HAZAM (Duke Of Marmalade x Buck Aspen) completed the top three.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 3) (81-95)
Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s EMAAD (Arch x Diesis) registered his second win this season in the 1900m handicap. Helmed by JP Guillambert, the win was the trainer’s second on the day. The performance of the Hussain Ali Bukanan owned 6yo was a massive improvement over his run from two weeks ago when he was well held in the 1700m Mesaimeer Cup. On Wednesday, the bay horse finished a comfortable two and a half lengths ahead of Ibrahim Al Malki’s ward, FIRST TO POST (Acclamation x Aoife Alainn), who edged out Alban de Mieulle’s charge, DJAOUAD (Mastercraftsman x Land Bound), for the runner-up spot.
PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS
Despite a strong start to the season, a win had eluded Sultan Al Jaber's MUTAZZ (Amer x Zeinah). On Wednesday, that changed with the 8yo winning his first race in a little more than a year. Under Saleem Golam's ride, Mutazz beat Jassim Mohammed Ghazali saddled ISTIBDAD (AF Albahar x Mari Chou), ridden by Richard Mullen in Injaaz Stud colours, by half a length for his fifth career victory. Mohammed Salama Ashour's ZAMEER (Dahess x Djurdjura) was helmed to third by Marco Monteriso in the six furlong sprint.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (75 & below)
Majed Seifeddine trained CANNON (Amadeus Wolf x Picacho) bounced back from a disappointing performance a week ago with a step up in distance working in his favour. Wednesday’s win over 1700m was the colt’s second this season. Ridden by Alberto Sanna in the colours of Mubarak Bin Saeed Aljafai Al Naimi, the 4yo tracked early leaders QUEEN MAOUYA (Abide With Me x Jumaana), Musaiter Bu Thaila and SHAHD AL ASAL (Domestic Fund x Hyserical Lady). Coming on to the home straight, Sanna had his mount go past the leaders on the outside and then showed a clean pair of heels for a fine victory, ahead of Queen Maouya, ridden by Rashid Al Marri, and Marvin Suerland’s ride Shahd Al Asal.
PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE
Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari's AL MUSTAFIZ (AF AlBahar x Djimana) went one better than his last run a week ago to shed his maiden status in the opening race of card on Wednesday. Jockey Tadgh O'Shea had the 4yo follow Mubarak Al Khayarin saddled UDAI AL WAJBA (Hatteen x Istoora), ridden by JP Guillambert, early on before the two pulled away from the competition coming off the final bend. With a furlong to go, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali saddled Al Mustafiz eased past the early leader a furlong out and went past the post first. Yousef Bentaher trained SAIKHAD AL NAIF (Djelmidor x Bahraa Al Naif) was a distant third under Adnan Hawa.