Ghazali’s BLACK BEACH shines in Wathnan Cup

16 February 2017

WATHNAN CUP (Class 2 Thoroughbreds)

On his longest trip so far at 1900m, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained BLACK BEACH (Footstepsinthesand x Eraadaat) turned in an impressive performance winning the feature on a sloppy dirt track, courtesy rains over the last few days in Doha. Both the colt's wins before Thursday were in six furlong sprints, while he had also registered a

second place finish in December 2016 over 1100m. But he did step up well under Pierantonio Convertino, who guided the Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari owned colt to a fine win over Mohammed Al Ramzani schooled KARRAAR (Dubawi x Maghya), who is searching for his first victory in Qatar. Al Shaqab Racing's BAITHA ALGA (Fast Company x Tawaafur) was third under Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim.


A year after Marvin Suerland last guided him to victory, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained EMAAD (Arch x Diesis) registered his fifth career win in the 1700m run. Suerland was at the helm once again and he guided the 6yo to a one length victory over FIRST TO POST (Acclamation x Aoife Alainn). Ibrahim Al Malki's charge had won four times coming into Thursday's race but all those wins were in sprints. However any doubts were cleared by Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani's gelding after Eduardo Pedroza guided him to the second spot, ahead of GENERALSHIP (New Approach x Ahla Wasahl), ridden by Pierantonio Convertino for Ghazali.



Trainer Ibrahim Al Malki's second winner of the day was SKY METRO (Dyhim x Matroland), who landed her second career win, having won a maiden earlier in the season in November. Having just started twice before Thursday's run, with the last outing two months ago, the 6yo mare looked fresh in the six furlong sprint under Tomas Lukasek, winning by a comfortable three lengths. Abdulatif Al Muslamani saddled AL MAYEDA (Byron x Teller), helmed by Alberto Sanna, registered her third runner up finish in the last four races, while another Al Malki charge, TARABLAS (Ad Valorem x Manons Song), finished third under Saleem Golam.



After making a solid start in November in Doha, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali's SHADOW GAME (Shamardal x Victoria Star) was at it again winning the 1700m run on Thursday. Having finished runner-up to Mohammed Hussain's Succeed and Excel on his last run, the 4yo picked up his second win of the season after just five starts in Qatar. JP Guillambert guided Shadow Game to a thrilling victory, edging out another Ghazali ward, DUBAWI HUNDRED (Dubawi x Casanga), ridden by Harry Bentley, even as the rest of the field finished farther behind with ONE MORE ROMAN (Holy Roman Emperor x Satulagi), helmed by Xavier Ziani, completing the top three six lengths back.



AL FOUZ (Footstepsinthesand x Zawariq) registered his second straight victory in as many weeks for trainer Mohammed Jassim Ghazali. The Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari owned 4yo had won over six furlongs last week but stepped up well under Harry Bentley to win the 1700m run. The bay colt finished one and a half lengths ahead of Mohammed Riyaz saddled LASTCHANCELUCAS (Ishiguru x Light Of Aragon), ridden by Yousef Al Hajri, while Hadi Al Ramzani trained CUECA (Country Reel x Costa Packet), helmed by Tomas Lukasek, completed the top three.



Zuhair Mohsen’s AL QASSAM (Af Albahar x Najmat Al Sharq) went one better than his last showing over the same course and distance when the 5yo won the 1200m sprint. Under a confident ride by Gerald Avranche, Al Qassam stayed on the rails coming off Gate 3, even as Injaaz Stud’s Ali Baba and Umm Qarn’s Taima set the pace up front. On the home straight, Avranche made good use of a wide gap between the early leaders and had his mount pull away with ease. Hassan Al Matwi’s AL MAZYOUNAH (Majd Al Arab x Kagday) and Alban de Miuelle saddled TAIMA (Mugadir x Leaulita) completed the top three.



Trainer Bustawi Ismail and jockey Almotasem Al Balushi combined well to register their second win of the day with Jassim Bin Ali Ali Attiyah owned KRAFTWORK (Mastercraftsman x Paraphernalia) picking up his first career win. The 4yo colt had a good third in turf maiden over this trip in December and on Thursday he did well to finish a little over a length ahead of his rivals. Zuhair Mohsen’s FOUNDER (Zamindar x Never Fade), guided by Andrew Elliot, edged out Sultan Al Jaber saddled ALMASAH (Focus x Tullyorior Glory) for the second spot.



Ibrahim Al Malki saddled AL URAIQ WEAPON (Zoffany x Sister Clement) made a winning debut shedding his maiden status in an open race that saw as many as 10 debutants. Eduardo Pedroza, riding in the colours of Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani, had the 3yo stay on the rails coming off Gate 1. Coming on to the home straight along with Zuhair Mohsen saddled AL WATAN (Abide With Me x Watneya), Al Uraiq Weapon just pulled away with easy to fashion a dominant seven length victory in the 1200m run. Rashid Al Marri rode QUEEN MAOUYA (Abide With Me x Jumaana) to third place behind Al Watan, ridden by JP Guillambert.



AMAL AL ZAEEM (Majd Al Arab x Harir) was yet to threaten in her four starts coming into this race. However on Thursday the 6yo Bustawi Ismail trained mare shed her maiden status in style, winning three and a half lengths ahead of her rivals under Almotasem Al Balushi’s ride. Al Balushi had kept the mare right behind a trio of early leaders in the six furlong run before making the move coming off the final bend. Amal Al Zaeem surged forward to pick up her first win, while Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s SAHABAT KHEIR (Burning Sand x Magadir ASF) was second ahead of another Bustawi Ismail mare ANWAAR (Af Albahar x Noisette Al Maury).



Alban de Mieulle trained KAMILA (Nizam x Entisar) had impressed many with her fourth place finish in Oaks earlier this season. On Thursday, the Umm Qarn filly built well on that performance, shedding her maiden status in a six furlong sprint under Jean Baptiste Hamel’s ride. Starting off wide from the eighth gate, Kamila was alongside Rashid al-Marri ridden SHOHRAT AL JAZEERA (Assil x Ba’scherit) up front, and eased past Ali Al Marri’s filly with 300m to go. Al Shaqab Racing’s SAHARA SAND (Burning Sand x Sahara Croixnoire) gave a chase under Faleh Bughanaim, but was good enough for a second spot, ahead of Shohrat Al Jazeera.