H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s AL SHAMAN (War Front x Communique) landed THE LATE ABDUL AZIZ AL FUHAID CUP (THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2)) in scintillating fashion at the Al Uqda Complex on Wednesday. The Julian Colin Smart trained horse is considered to be the classy sort who ran rather well over the Gr2 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup two weeks ago over HH The Amir Sword Festival weekend. The 7yo only built up on that to win the 2000m feature to edge out Al Shaqab Racing’s ALMUFTI (Toronado x Green Tern), ridden by Faleh Bughanaim for trainer Gassim Ghazali, by a quarter of a length. Ghazali’s other ward in the field, H.E. Sheikha Reem Bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s PEDRO CARA (Pedro The Great x Magic Cara) completed the top three under Ivan Rossi.
Umm Qarn’s Maruf (Tabarak x Noorah) had a forgettable run last time out two months ago but the Alban Elie De Mieulle trained horse won a thrilling duel on the home straight to win the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & below). Partnered by Soufiane Saadi in the 2000m run the 5yo, who had missed out on a win twice this season finishing runner up on dirt, edged out Faleh Bughanaim ridden Bsheer by a nose for a fantastic win on Wednesday.
Injaaz Stud’s KHAFOOQ (Kodiac x Al Manaal) had shown promise over the last couple of sprints, winning one and finishing third in his most recent start. In the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90), the Gassim Ghazali schooled gelding had little trouble building on his momentum to go past the post in the 1100m sprint by a length and a quarter to spare, with Meteb Ali Al Marri riding Doha Incanto to second place.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s LUNERAY (Bated Breath x Lady Of Light) bounced back from two forgettable finishes this season to win for only the second time in his career on Wednesday. At Al Uqda Complex, in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90), the Mohammed Hussain Afroz trained colt was ridden by Marco Casamento and the duo won 2000m run in fine fashion by two lengths, beating Soufiane Saadi ridden Third World.
Khalid Abdulaziz Al Kuwari’s MYBOYHENRY (Footstepsinthesand x Renaissance Rio) broke a run of disappointing results to win for the first time in Qatar when the gelding landed the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (75 & below) on Wednesday. In the 2000m run, apprentice jockey Meteb Ali Al Marri guided the Hossin Ashour trained 6yo to a fine victory with two and a half lengths to spare.
Subaiya Awad Ibrahim’s ROSASA (Mandour x Blackpool Mamma’s) had come close to the winner’s circle earlier this season but a win had eluded the Mohamed Khaled Elahmed trained mare. The 5yo started the widest in the 14 strong field with Soufiane Saadi astride in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (80 & below) (1,100m) but she showed some amazing pace to win by two and a half lengths.
Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s US CLIFF (Footstepsinthesand x Challow Hills) shed his maiden status on his eighth career outing on Wednesday when the Gassim Ghazali trained colt landed the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE at Al Uqda Complex. The 3yo colt showed promise when fourth in the Group 2 Al Biddah Mile last month. In the 1300m run on Wednesday, US Cliff had Marco Casamento in the saddle and the duo beat Ronan Thomas ridden Shine That Light by half a length for the win.
Saad Rabiah Saad Al Kaabi’s RAFEEAT AL SHAN (AF AlBahar x Foze) brushed aside a couple of forgettable outings to finally enter the winner’s circle for the first time this season on Wednesday. In the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE, the Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki trained mare had Anas Al Seyabi for company and the two put up a credible run on the straight in the 1100m race to win by two lengths and a quarter.
After two minor places last month, Mansoor Mesfer Al Hajri’s AL ADDAAJ (Zaeem Al Shajaa x Sho’alat Al Wajba) won for the second time this season, but for the first time at Al Uqda Complex. Helmed by Alberto Sanna in the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE, the 5yo, maiden winner over six furlongs in November, did enough to edge out Marco Casamento ridden Al Mahyoub by half a length at the end of the 1100m.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club