BALHAMBAR CUP (Local Thoroughbreds)
Ahmed Kobeissi's FOOTPRINTINTHESAND (Footstepsinthesand x Adventures) had never finished outside the top three in a year, going back to May 2016, winning three of those races coming into Wednesday's feature race on turf. The record stayed intact with Saleem Golam, who had won thrice earlier in the day, guiding the 6yo to a thrilling victory, edging out Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained AL HARETH (Seas Legacy x Subya),
helmed by JP Guillambert, at the post by a neck. The two horses seemed to be in a league of their own, finishing nine lengths ahead of third placed TANJA BU THAILA (Namid x Dream Bee), trained by Stefano Ibido and ridden by Gerald Avranche.
THOROUGHBRED CLASSIFIED STAKES (CLASS 1) (96-115)
Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained horses swept the podium for the six furlong sprint, with Injaaz Stud's IZZTHATRIGHT (Moss Vale x Miss Adelaide) leading the trio. JP Guillambert's mount had a brilliant strike rate coming into the Wednesday's race, winning eight out of his 12 outings. Guillambert's ride only added to the record, with the gelding finishing almost a length ahead of FELIX LEITER (Monsieur Bond x Spiralling), ridden by Jean Baptiste Hamel in the colours of Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari, while another Injaaz horse, MY SHARONA (Dark Angel x Tanda Tula), completed the podium under Almotasem Al Balushi.
THOROUGHBRED CONDITIONS (CLASS 3) (3yo only)
PAZEER (Siyouni x Parandeh) led a one-two for owner Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi and trainer Ibrahim Al Malki in the 1850m run on Wednesday. The win, Pazeer’s fourth this season, came a month after the 3yo colt won the Al Wajba Trophy over a mile. Pazeer went past the post first, two and a half lengths ahead of Stephan Ladjadj’s mount, PERFECT STORM (Excelebration x Lady Miletrian), who is yet to register a victory at the QREC despite coming close on three different occasions now. Al Wajba Trophy runner up, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained PLEASELETMEWIN (Power x Jacaranda Ridge), also made it to the frame under Tadgh O’Shea.
PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & below)
Ahmed Kobeissi trained QAA'ED (Amer x TM La Belle Proper) raced to a hat-trick of victories at the QREC. For the second straight time, Saleem Golam helmed the 7yo to a victory in as many months. Mohammed Kazim Al Ansari & Sons owned Qaa'ed won ahead of Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained ANWAAR (Af Albahar x Noisette Al Maury), ridden by Tadgh O'Shea, while Pierre Deymonaz saddled Namroud (Mared Al Sahra x Nouba Al Maury), with Stephan Ladjadj astride, completed the top three.
PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (80 & below)
Umm Qarn's AL SAHRA (Amer x L'Orientale) moved down to six furlongs for the first time this season and that did the trick with Jean Baptiste Hamel riding the 5yo to his second victory in Qatar. Now, both the victories for Alban de Mieulle's charge have come over this distance. This year, Al Sahra had only raced over a mile on three different occasions, but twice he had to finish runner up, and once fourth. On Wednesday, Al Sahra finished half a length ahead of Mansour Al Shahwani trained HADDAJ DUKHAN (Majd Al Arab x Gantra El Baraka), while Bustawi Ismail saddled AJS ADMIRAL (Amer x Maboud) was third udner Almotasem al-Balushi.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (CLASS 6) (3yo only)
Ibrahim Al Malki trained DARIGA (Medicean x Danelissima) had a run of encouraging results this season, including five top five finishes, coming into Wednesday's race. In the seven furlong run, jockey Saleem Golam was finally able to guide the Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi owned filly to a comfortable one length victory, ahead of Osama Al Dhafa schooled SARRAB (Footstepsinthesand x Credibility). Stephan Ladjadj helmed Sarrab to the runner up spot ahead of Zuhair Mohsen's AL MIKDAM (Myboycharlie (IRE) x Kilfarasy).
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE
Al Naif Racing's FAHDAH AL NAIF (Amer x Midjal) followed up her credible top four finishes in her first two races in Qatar with a comfortable win in Wednesday's opener. The 5yo, owned by Al Naif Racing, shed her maiden status under Gerald Avranche's ride, who guided her first past the post, a little under two lengths ahead of Zuhair Mohsen's charge, RADHWA (Amer x The Wright Stuff), while Ali al-Marri trained ZAKHIR AL MAJD (Kalbarq x Raleuse De Faust) was third under Rashid Al Marri.