NOOR AL HAWA, ALIGNEMENT, AL LUSAIL win Cups

Al Naif Racing’s MOLHEB AL NAIF (Amer x Kesbah) stayed true to his favourite tag when he galloped home to a fantastic victory in the LOSAIL CUP (PUREBRED ARABIANS) at the Al Rayyan Park on Thursday. The Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained horse was pretty well rested after a win in April and the 7yo did not need much prodding when Harry Bentley unleashed him on the home straight in the six furlong sprint. Molheb Al Naif finished three lengths and three quarters ahead of Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s ALMUHEET (AF Albahar x Maboud) for the win, while the latter edged out Al Thumama Racing’s QASSY (Mared Al Sahra x The Write Stuff) by half a length for the runner up spot.

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s ALIGNEMENT (Pivotal x Soldata) started his new season like he finished the last one, with a victory on the Al Rayyan Park turf on Thursday. In the WATHNAN CUP (THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2), Gassim Mohammad Ghazali’s ward, ridden by Harry Bentley, settled behind early leader Shabbab before making the move coming on to the home straight in the 2000m run. The gelding picked up pace and eventually went past the post two and a half lengths ahead of Tom Marquand ridden NOOR AL HAWA (Makfi x Majestic Roi), even as Ivan Rossi helmed QUELINDO (Aussie Rules x Quintana) rounded up the top three under Ivan Rossi.

Al Jeryan Stud’s AL LUSAIL (Footstepsinthesand x Gooey) picked up right where he had left off last season as the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani schooled colt registered his fourth straight victory when he won the AL WUKAIR CUP (LOCAL THOROUGHBREDS) on Thursday. With Carlos Henrique in the 5yo’s saddle for the first time, Al Lusail beat the competition by two lengths and a quarter at the post as the owner and the trainer celebrated their fourth victory on the night. Luca Maniezzi helmed Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s SHAMAN BU THAILA (Soviet Secret x Picnic Party) to a runner up finish ahead of Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s MOSAYTER (Country Reel x Red Bravo), ridden by Harry Bentley.

Last season was the first winless one for Al Jeryan Stud’s DJELAMER (Amer x Djelana) in Qatar. Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s ward set the record straight for the new season opening his campaign with a thrilling win in the the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & above) under Carlos Henrique. The win was second on the day for the Al Ramzani-Henrique duo and third for the Al Jeryan Stud colours.

A steady move up on the outside in the final 300m saw Al Jeryan stud’s AJS AL MAHA (AF Al Bahar x Nevadour Al Maury) notch her second straight win at the Al Rayyan Park on Thursday. Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s ward had stayed in the second half of the pack in the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & below) before moving wide coming on to the final straight under Alexander Reznikov. As the seven furlong run drew to a close, the 6yo took a slight advantage and held on for a fine victory with half a length to spare.

On ratings, Saif Ali Owaida Al Hajri’s AKMAR (No Risk Al Maury x Safa) held a sizeable advantage over the rivals, and the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward did not disappoint in the PUREBRED ARABIAN CLAIMING RACE (60-90) on Thursday. In the mile long run, Soufiane Saadi had his mount track early leader Anees, ridden by JP Guillambert, before taking a slight advantage in the final furlong and a half over Faleh Bughanaim helmed Ellianka, and eventually winning by a length and a quarter.

Saif Rashid Saif Al Khayarin’s WADHAH (Abide With Me x Viola D’Amore) continued with what has been a bright start to her career when the Mohamed Khaled Elahmed trained filly registered her second win in three starts so far. In the seven furlong LOCAL THOROUGHBRED PLATE (3 Year Olds), with Ryan Curatolo in the saddle, the filly took the advantage on the back straight out of the second gate and never relinquished the lead to win by four lengths and a quarter.

Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani’s AL GAZI (Havana Gold x Rock Lily) ended his previous season on a confident note, notching three straight top three results. On Thursday, Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s ward went one better than his last outing in April to shed his maiden status in the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6). The miler saw Eduardo Pedroza give the 3yo a go ahead on the home straight and the colt steadily moved up the order to win by one and a half lengths at the post.

A week after finishing a creditable third on his Qatar debut, Al Jeryan Stud’s VENEDEGAR (Dubawi x Cara Fantasy) made his way into the winner’s circle in the opening race of the meeting on Thursday. Ridden by Carlos Henrique for the second straight time for Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani, the gelding topped the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3 Year Olds) (Class 6) by three quarters of a length to win for the first time in his ninth career outing.

Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club