MUAITHER CUP (TB Handicap 105 & below)
TOPSY TURVY (Pivotal x Helter Helter) registered his five victory this season with a win in the 1900m feature on dirt on Wednesday. Saleem Golam, who rode Ibrahim Al Malki's ward to victory in a slightly shorter feature on dirt on his last outing too, had his mount track early leader Emaad, but was forced to step out after Mohammed Al Ramzani trained KARRAAR (Dubawi x Maghya) joined
the leading group on the final bend. However Golam's 5yo partner had little trouble picking up pace on the straight and then eventually winning a little more than a length from Alberto Sanna's ride, Karraar. Alban de Mieulle's DJAOUAD (Mastercraftsman x Land Bound) was third under Stephan Ladjadj.
PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS
Coming into Wednesday's race, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained CAID DE L'ARDUS (Mahabb x Jelfa De L'Ardus) had a string of six straight top two finishes. The 5yo's strike rate only improved when he notched his fourth victory from eight outings, after going past Sultan Al Jaber's ward MUTAZZ (Amer x Zeinah) in the final 100m to win the six furlong sprint. Tadgh O'Shea made it to the top three for third straight race on the day when he guided another Ghazali charge, Injaaz stud's AL MARBOUSH (Amer x Qadira De Faust), to third.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 3) (81-95)
Zuhair Mohsen trained APICUS (Speightstown x Apple of Kent) picked up her third win this season, all over the same course and distance, and under Marvin Suerland, in the fifth race yesterday. In the six furlong run on dirt, Apicus, coming off of a three month break, did enough to beat Jassim Mohammed Ghazali schooled HOPE COVE (Shamardal x Deveron), ridden by Tadgh O'Shea, at the post. Ibrahim Al Malki's SHAKA ZULU (Holy Roman Emperor x High Figurine), helmed by Stephan Ladjadj, got back into the frame after finishing 11th on his last outing.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (FILLIES & MARES) (CLASS 5) (61-75)
Saleem Golam's confident ride say Ibrahim Al Malki trained IZGHAWA (Majestic Warrior x Wildcat Gold) race to a hat-trick of victories in the six furlong run. Golam, riding in the colours of Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani, had helmed the mare in her first victory this season over a mile on turf in March, before following it up with another win last month on dirt. Izghawa left another Al Malki mare SYLVIA PANKHURST (Antonius Pius x Spinning World) six lengths behind for her fifth career win, while Mohammed Jassim Ghazali's VENTURA SHADOW (Equiano x Stavinsk's Gal) too made it to the podium under Tadgh O'Shea's ride.
PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (50-90)
Umm Qarn's WAQAAR (Burning Sand x Al Hanoof) registered her first victory on dirt and second this season with a win in the 1700m run. The 4yo filly had shown promise with a runner-up finish on debut in November, and then following it up with a third in the Oaks Trial. Ridden by Stephan Ladjadj for the first time on Wednesday, Alban de Mieulle's charge, who shed her maiden status last month, edged out Osama Al Dhafa's CHANSON DU SOLEIL (Munjiz x Bengaliya), ridden by Alberto Sanna, by half a length, while Mohamed Al Sheeb's KASSER (AF Albahar x Wujdan) completed the top three under JP Guillambert.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (CLASS 6)
Qatar jockey Faleh Bughanaim helmed Rabiah Al Kaabi's CAP NORD (FR) (MARINGOAG) (Myboycharlie x All In Order) to victory in the second race of the day. The 3yo had made a sixth-place debut in January this year under Bughanaim, and was second last month over the same course and distance. On Wednesday, Cap Nord went past the post, two and a half lengths ahead of Hamad Al Marri trained REEM SEATTLE (Wilburn x Stevie's Afleet), while the winless streak of Ahmed Al Jehani saddled CHINA CLUB (Shamardal x Twyla Tharp) continued for the 35th run, finishing third under Tomas Lukasek.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE
After a busy season, Mubarak Al Khayarin's UDAI AL WAJBA (Hatteen x Istoora) shed his maiden status on his 14th outing. The colt, who made his debut on the second race day in November 2016, had come close on five occasions during the season but had to settle for runner-up position on each of those runs. On Wednesday, there seemed to be nothing that could come in between the 4yo and his first win, with JP Guillambert, guiding the colt to a massive 13-length victory ahead of Alban de Mieulle schooled CHABIB (Mugadir x Zalzalah). AJS AL ZUBARA (Amer x Karreema) was third another 10 lengths down.