THE LATE ABDULAZIZ AL FUHAID CUP
Thoroughbred classified stakes (class 1) (96 – 115)
Mohammed Jassim Ghazali’s ward ITORIO (Oratorio x Image Of) bounced back from a forgettable performance on his last outing three weeks ago with a win in the nine furlong feature on dirt under Pierantonio Convertino’s ride on Wednesday. The three-length win over ROMAN LEGEND (Holy Roman Emperor x Talking Liberties), trained by Ghazali’s father Jassim, who finished the day with four second places, was the colt’s second this season. The
finish was also Roman Legend’s fourth straight top three performance. Eduardo Pedroza rode Ibrahim Al Malki schooled JUMAIRA TOWER (Dubawi x Jumaireyah) to a third place finish.
THOROUGHBRED CLASSIFIED STAKES (CLASS 3) (85 & below)
Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim emerged a winner for the third time in the evening when he guided MARKSTEIN (Raven's Pass x Manerbe) to a dominant win in the 1800m run on dirt. The win was also trainer Deborah Mountain’s second of the evening for owner Hassan Ali Abdulmalik. Markstein’s performance was a huge improvement from the 5yo’s first run this season a month ago when he finished eighth. Hadi Al Ramzani’s GOLDENFIELD (Footstepsinthesand x Society Gal) and Mohammed Jassim Ghazali schooled BNEDEL (Teofilo x Dance Club) finished second and third respectively.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 2) (86-100)
Mohammed Al Ramzani’s KARRAAR (Dubawi x Maghya) seemed like in a different league from the field when the 6yo was ridden to an imposing seven length victory under Alberto Sanna in the nine furlong run. The win was the gelding’s first in Qatar, having finished in the top four thrice this season coming into Wednesday’s race. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s duo GENERALSHIP (New Approach x Ahla Wasahl) and UPHOLLAND (Dutch Art x Never Away), were left fighting for the other two places on the podium with Generalship edging ahead by a neck.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (80 & below)
Despite a heavy workload this season, AFREETAH (Majd Al Arab x Raleuse De Faust), trained by Ibrahim Al Malki for Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani, registered her fourth victory this season. The 1700m run saw Eduardo Pedroza helm the 5yo to victory for the second time, with the grey filly finishing a little under a length ahead of Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s FAWWAD (Nizam x Dalkia Du Monteil), ridden by Almotasem Al Balushi, while Pierre Deymonaz schooled NAMROUD (Mared Al Sahra x Nouba Al Maury) completed the podium.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (CLASS 6)
Faleh Bughanaim helmed a winner for the second time on Wednesday evening, when Hadi Al Ramzani trained gelding POET’S SONG (Poet's Voice x Bee Eater) shed his maiden status after coming close on three previous occasions this season. The Ali Yousef Al Kubaisi owned 4yo finished two and a half lengths ahead of Jassim Mohammed Ghazali schooled MIDAAWI (Kodiac x Cuca Vela), ridden by Harry Bentley in the colours of Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari, while Mohammed Riyaz trained FIRSTS FIRST (Areion x First D) was third under Jean Baptiste Hamel.
PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (F&M)
Faleh Bughanaim guided Al Shaqab Racing’s GHOBAT BAHAR (Amer x Amsara D'Aroco) to an impressive three-length victory on the filly’s debut in Qatar for trainer Hussein Aashoor. The race for the ladies was run over 1700m and saw Ghobat Bahar finish ahead of Julian Smart trained LAWA’HAS (Munjiz x Magadir ASF), who finished second for the third time in the last five races, including in the Oaks in December 2016. Ridden by Richard Mullen, Lawa’Has was another three lengths ahead of Alberto Sanna’s ride, RAQYAH (Amer x Anayid), at the post.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (CLASS 6)
On his 10th attempt, Deborah Mountain’s ward TECHNICOLOUR (Dubawi x Many Colours) shed his maiden status in the seven race card’s opening run. The 4yo had hit the top five on three previous occasions, but on Wednesday, Marco Monteriso, riding in the colours of Hassan Ali Abdulmalik, produced a confident ride, with Technicolour finishing half a length ahead of Ibrahim Al Malki’s HABOB (Line Of David x Defended), ridden by Saleem Golam, while another Al Malki charge, MOUEEN (Lope De Vega x Quesada), completed the top three under Eduardo Pedroza’s ride.