AIN KHALED CUP (Thoroughbreds – Class 2)
Injaaz Stud’s IZZTHATRIGHT (Moss Vale x Miss Adelaide) added another win to his already impressive tally on Thursday, 15 March, at QREC Al Rayyan Park. The Prolific gelding, who was the clear pick on form, found another excellent opportunity in the feature event of the eight-race card and captured it firmly to land the Ain Khaled Cup comfortably with a winning margin of 2 lengths. The win was Khataaf’s fourth out of five starts this season and he was the runner-up in the fifth outing. The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-saddled gelding was guided by Harry Bentley to top the
six-furlong race. The Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim-trained and Almotasem Al Balushi-helmed SANDBETWEENOURTOES (Footstepsinthesand x Callanish) was second with a half a length further ahead of the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-trained and Gerald Avranche-ridden BINZART (Dandy Man x Silca Conegliano)
PUREBRED ARABIANS (Conditions)
Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari’s SPAGHETTI (Snoopi x Nouillaugratin) had been fourth in a Group 1 on his most recent outing and returned this evening’s penultimate race with a smashing victory in the 2200m long run. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward was steered by Harry Bentley to beat the competition with a little more than three lengths to spare. The Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-trained SHE’RIS (Mared Al Sahra x Kerbelle Du Loup) was second under Eduardo Pedroza while the Julian Colin Smart-schooled Shabah (Amer x Arc De Ciel), ridden by Marc Lerner, completed the frame.
THOROUGHBREDS (Conditions) (Class 2)
The Dr. Fahad Bin Abdullah Al Attiyah & Son-owned NOTALOT (Sir Prancealot x Hapipi) ended his uninspiring efforts when saddled by Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi to land the 1400m conditions race on Thursday. Saleem Golam guided the four-year-old gelding to resume winning ways since December and beat the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained BURRISHOOLE ABBEY (Acclamation x Xeralda), ridden by Harry Bentley, by a length. Another Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward, namely, SIR GUY PORTEOUS (Shamardal x Ermine And Velvet) was third under JP Guillambert.
LOCAL THOROUGHBREDS (Conditions)
The Mohammed Bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiyah-owned AL LUSAIL (Footstepsinthesand x Gooey) was the favourite for this 1400m contest. He has already quickly reached a useful level, winning twice from five starts and never out of the first three. This evening, he added a third victory to his record when Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim and trainer Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani combined well. The four-year-old clot beat Mohammed Bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiyah’s ward ABHA (Canford Cliffs x Kalleidoscope), ridden by Tomas Lukasek, by a length while a head further down, the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained Mosayter (Country Reel x Red Bravo) completed the top three under Harry Bentley.
THOROUGHBRED (Conditions) (Class 2)
The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s OPERA BARON (Equiano x Opera Dancer) registered his first victory this season when JP Guillambert steered the gelding in the ten-furlong race. The Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari-owned five-year old continued to run well in some of the top races in defeat at Al Rayyan Park and bounced back a three-quarters of a length victory on Thursday. The Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi-trained HALL OF MIRRORS (Duke Of Marmalade x Apache Dream) and the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-schooled QATAR DANCE (Zebedee x Esterlina) finished second and third under Adnan Hawa and Faleh Bughanaim respectively
PUREBRED ARABIANS (Conditions)
Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik’s ALMUHEET (AF Albahar x Maboud) resumed winning ways in the 1100m contest. The Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi-saddled six-year-old horse was rewarded for his consistent efforts as demonstrated by finishing runner-up on each of his last two starts. With Saleem Golam in the saddle, he went one place better on Thursday, edged out the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained CAID DE L’ARDUS (Mahabb x Jelfa De L’Ardus), ridden by Harry Bentley, by half a length, placing his name on the score sheet for the first time this season. Tomas Lukasek helmed Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s AJS ANFOWAN (Amer x Svetlana) to third place finish.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (4 Year Olds & Older Rated 70 – 90)
Mohamed Abdulla M A Abdulmalik’s Damsah (Gio Ponti x Kitten Love) ended her routine efforts since winning her maiden in January with a victory in the 2200m run. Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s ward was seven of nine last time out, but this time, under Anas Al Seyabi, did enough to beat the Mubarak Mohd M A Al Khayareen-trained AL JAMAAHEER (Hockney x Inthemoodforlove) helmed by Harry Bentley, by three quarters of a length. AL AJDAL (Domestic Fund x Lemonesse) with Tomas Lukasek astride for trainer Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani completed the top three.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (80 & Below) (Class 4)
Shaheen Bin Khalid Shaheen Al Ghanim’s GALACTIC PRINCE (Dubawi x Opera Gal) backed up his encouraging placed efforts on Qatar debut last week with a victory in the card opener. The four-year-old gelding had shown quality with two wins in the UK. On Thursday, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward proved he was up to the expectations to make up the shortlist as he recorded his first win in Doha. Harry Bentley guided GALACTIC PRINCE to edging out Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik’s ALIZOOM (Invincible Spirit x Lady Springbank) by a length. Vaclav Janacek steered the Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain-trained five-year-old gelding to his third runner-up finish this season. The Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim-trained Fast Gold (Fast Company x Gold Tobougg) was third under Jean Baptiste Hamel.