Umm Qarn’s DAMAS takes thrilling Rodat Al Maida Cup victory
Umm Qarn’s DAMAS (Mugadir x Kunooz) edged out a Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi duo in the 1700m RODAT AL MAIDA CUP (LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS). Damas had put up fine runs in the two races coming into dirt feature. On Wednesday, the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle trained 7yo, with Ronan Thomas in the saddle, tracked Injaaz Stud’s Istibdad (AF Albahar x Mari Chou) for the bulk of the race before making a move a furlong out as JP Guillambert’s mount picked up the pace. Another ward from the stables of Champion Trainer, Rassan
(Amer x Sandytiki), joined the party up front under Harry Bentley, and as they jostled for advantage, Thomas made good use of a gap and edged forward to win by a head. Istibdad managed
to stay ahead of Rassan for second spot.
Running on dirt for the first time had no impact on Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi trained MOLHEB AL NAIF (Amer x Kesbah), who led a one-two for the Champion Trainer in the PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS on Wednesday. In the six furlong sprint, Champion Jockey Harry Bentley had him track early leader Kasser, alongside stablemate Caid De L’Ardus.
On the home straight, the 7yo horse took the advantage a furlong out before building the lead and eventually easing into victory, with JP Guillambert ridden Caid De L’Ardus taking runner up spot.
Mohamed Khaled Elahmed saddled his second winner of the day in the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (75 & below) when Rashid Mohammed Al Mossallam’s FAZAN (Nizam x Ultafa Al Maury) brushed aside a quiet season winning the 1700m run on dirt in spectacular fashion. Under an impressive ride by Anas Al Seyabi, the 6yo won a fantastic duel on the home straight, edging out Ryan Curatolo ridden Ennab by a quarter of a length.
After finishing her last season on a high, Umm Qarn’s BINT AMIR (Amer x Al Hanoof) had a quiet season this time round coming into Wednesday’s race. But Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward found a perfect partner in apprentice jockey Damien Morin in the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (80 & below) as she put up a determined run in the last furlong of the six furlong sprint,
going past the post with two lengths and a quarter in hand, beating C&D winner Al Neksh in comfortable fashion.
Khalifa Bin Ali Bin Mohammed Al Attiya trained AL GOMRY (Exceed and Excel x Welsh Cake) bounced back from a forgettable finish last time round for his first victory in two years.
The gelding, owned by Mohammed Khalifa Al Attiya, was well held last week in a seven furlong handicap, but with Al Moatasem Al Balushi in the saddle, the 7yo did well to bounce back with a close quarter of a length victory over Ivan Rossi ridden Izzer in the 1100m run.
Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and Champion Jockey Harry Bentley got together for their second winner of the day, when Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s LO DE NALANE (Pivotal x Ilhabela) topped the 1800m THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (70 & below). With Bentley in the saddle, went one better than his previous two outings, edging out Ryan Curatolo helmed Palmetto Dunes by a short head on Wednesday, showing versatility having shed his maiden status with a win over six furlongs in January.
Saif Rashid Said Al Khayarin’s WADHAH (Abide With Me x Viola D’Amore) made a winning debut with a fantastic victory in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3 Year Olds). The sprint saw Mohamed Khaled Elahmed trained filly race to a dominant four lengths and quarters victory under Ryan Curatolo’s ride. After pulling alongside leader Maisoor on the back straight, Wadhah put on display her turn of foot, pulling away coming off the bend and past the post to shed her maiden status.
Injaaz Stud’s SIR COMMANDER (Lethal Force x Ronja) finished fifth on debut over C&D in January but was comfortably ahead of the competition in the six furlong THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6). In the day’s opening race, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward, who made a move from the UK late last year, was partnered by Champion Jockey Harry Bentley and the two went past the post with two lengths and a quarter to spare, finishing ahead of Show Of Strength, ridden by Qatari apprentice jockey Rashid Ali Al Marri.