OWNERS CUP (Local Purebred Arabians)
Champion Trainer Jassim Ghazali won five out of the eight races on the card, including the 1900m feature on dirt on Wednesday, 8 November. Ridden by Pierantonio Convertino, the Jassim bin Ali Al Attiyah-owned RASSAN (Amer x Sandytiki) registered his tenth career victory in a thriller. Marvin Suerland moved the Pierre Deymonaz-trained BARRELAMAN (Mared Al Sahra x Tm La Belle Proper) into the lead early on in the race and stayed in control coming off the final bend. Meqdam Al Zaidy weakened on the home straight, but Rassan picked up pace and went past Barrelaman before taking the inside line and forcing Suerland to move his ride outside. Rassan held on well at the post to finish a head Barrelaman while the Julian Smart-trained REDA (Burning Sand x Ba'scherit) passed Meqdam Al Zaidy for his third place under Alberto Sanna.
THOROUGHBREDS (CLASS 2)
Jassim Ghazali and Injaaz Stud picked up a one-two in the penultimate race of the day with IZZTHATRIGHT (Moss Vale x Miss Adelaide) notching a comfortable victory under Pierantonio Convertino. The win was the 5yo gelding's sixth straight victory going back to May 2016 and first on dirt in Qatar. The gelding finished ahead of stablemate MY SHARONA (Dark Angel x Tanda Tula), ridden by JP Guillambert; the mare looking for her first victory since December 2016. SANDBETWEENOURTOES (Footstepsinthesand x Callanish), trained by Mohammed Jassim Ghazali completed the podium under Almotasem Al Balushi.
PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS
Jassim Ghazali's third victory of the day was with Injaaz Stud's MESSINE DE SINUHE (Njewman x Amidou Douzaia), who won the mile and a furlong event with ease under Pierantonio Convertino. The 5yo finished a comfortable five lengths ahead of Zuhair Mohsen's NOMAAS (Hatteen x Raleuse De Faust), ridden by Marvin Suerland, and the Mohammed Jassim Ghazali-trained CARAB (Majd Al Arab x Cassels Celeste), helmed by JP Guillambert. The run was Messine De Sinuhe's first on dirt in Qatar.
PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (75 & below)
The Jassim Ghazali-trained AL YEM (AF Albahar x Mahboobah ASF) made massive improvements over the course and distance winning the 1700m run in a dazzling display under Almotasem Al Balushi on Wednesday. Al Balushi, riding in the colours of Jassem Mohammed Al Badi, guided the 6yo to a massive seven length victory on dirt. The chestnut gelding had finished midfield in his season-ending run in May this year. The Mansoor Mesfer Al Hajri-trained HADDAJ DUKHAN (Majd Al Arab x Gantra El Baraka) finished a length ahead of the Alban de Mieulle-saddled ANEEDAH (Amer x Mashaael) to complete the top three.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 5, 75 & below)
After shedding his maiden status in his last run last season, the Jassim Ghazali-trained MIDAAWI (Kodiac x Cuca Vela) notched up his second straight win over the same course and distance. Ridden by JP Guillambert in the colours of Khalifa bin Sheail Al Kuwari, the 3yo gelding stayed on the rails with the Hamad Ahmed Al Jehani-trained LAWLESS LOUIS (Equiano x Peace And Love) for company in the lead. On the home straight, Marc Lerner's ride, Lawless Louis, weakened, even as the Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki-trained SYLVIA PANKHURST (Antonius Pius x Spinning World) began pursuit under Eduardo Pedroza. However, Midaawi held on well, winning by a neck.
PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE
The Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki-trained AL MUNTATHAR (AF AlBahar x Intifadah) put up a dazzling debut show to win the six furlong sprint on dirt and shed his maiden status. Eduardo Pedroza rode the 4yo to a massive seven length victory with the Mohammed Jassim Ghazali-saddled GHALAAD (No Risk Al Maury x Ghahramana) and another debutante ALANOUD (Burning Sand x Tikis French Kiss), trained by Hamad Ahmed Al Jehani ,completing the top three.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE
Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim guided MAHBOOBA (Muthaaber x Zingaresca) to her first career win with a fine ride in this six furlong sprint on Wednesday. The Abdulla Sultan Al Jabir-trained mare tracked early leaders KHOUD (Abide With Me x Colorado Springs), La Musawama and Zurich Bu Thaila. Coming off the final bend, the Mohamd Khaled Elahmed-trained Khoud, ridden by Alberto Sanna, picked up pace to surge into lead, but not for long as Mahbooba eased past with a furlong to go for a four length victory. Jassim Ghazali’s GHARAM LEHSHIIYAT (Sea's Legacy x Burry Green) rounding up the top three under Marc Lerner.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (CLASS 6)
After 35 attempts at shedding his maiden status, dating back to October 2015, the Hamad Ahmed Al Jehani-trained CHINA CLUB (Shamardal x Twyla Tharp) registered his first career win in the 1100m sprint on Wednesday. Tomas Lukasek guided the 5yo to a thrilling short head win over the Abdulla Sultan Al Jabir-trained ALMASAH (Intense Focus x Tullyorior Glory), ridden by Marvin Suerland. China Club had come close on last two occasions, finishing in top three in his last two runs last season. The Majed Seifeddine-trained ACCLAIMED DANCER (Acclamation x Belly Dancer) did well to notch his first places finish under Darren Williams.