Kobeissi’s FOOTPRINTINTHESAND edges out MARJAN for Al Jassasiya Cup

5 January 2017


A month-long break worked well for FOOTPRINTINTHESAND (Footstepsinthesand x Adventures) as Ahmed Kobeissi's charge did well to edge out Umm Qarn's MARJAN (Atlantic Air x Al Basmah) to win the feature event on turf on Thursday. Having followed the leader Footprintinthesand throughout, Marjan, ridden by Gaetan Faucon, was alongside Marvin Suerland and his partner in the final 100m for

a thrilling duel. However, Footprintinthesand did enough to edge out Alban de Mieulle's ward at the post to win the mile-long run. SRAAB (High Chaparral x Marie Dora), also trained by Kobeissi and helmed by Saleem Golam, completed the top three.


An impressive run by MEGHWAAR (Kerbella x Djamour Des Forges) and RASI (Mared Al Sahra x Dixie Darlene) from the back of the pack gave HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani and his Al Shahania Stud a one-two in the 1850m run on Thursday. After early leader Al Safi was passed by the competition on the final stretch, even as Hassan Al Matwi’s MINDZA (Munjiz x Peguy) and Alban de Mieulle’s Tharwah jostled for supremacy, Marco Monteriso had Meghwaar pick up pace on the outside, while Harry Bentley had Rasi negotiate some traffic before initiating a pursuit. At the post, Meghwaar did enough to pick up his fourth win, while Rasi outgunned Mindza for the runner-up spot.



FLYING EMPRESS (Holy Roman Emperor x Fly Free), a three-time winner coming into Thursday’s race, moved down in trip and came out on top under Harry Bentley’s ride for trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali. Riding in the silks of Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari, Bentley had his mount stay on the outside not too far behind early leader Queen Anne. On the final straight, Flying Empress moved ahead into the lead and finished one and a half lengths ahead of Ibrahim Al Malki saddled FADAK (Henrythenavigator x Wembley Park), while HARRY’S DANCER (Kodiac x Dance On) completed the podium.



After finishing in the frame twice on dirt this term, Hadi Al Ramzani schooled BLAZERS ROCK (Amadeus Wolf x Nawaji) registered his first win this season and second overall when Tomas Lukasek rode the 6yo to a fine win in one of the two 1850m runs on the day. BLACK TREACLE (Kodiac x Treacle Noir) had moved into lead under Eduardo Pedroza but found Blazers Rock on the far side of the track a furlong from the post. Lukasek had his mount pull away for almost a little under two length victory over Mohammed Riyaz’s gelding. JP Guillambert guided ABBEY VILLAGE (Aqlaam x Balladonia) to third for trainer Bustawi Ismail.



AL AAYAR (AF Albahar x Zirya) brushed aside any concerns of being overworked when the 6yo registered a win for the second consecutive week on Thursday. Alberto Sanna rode the Mohammed Hussain saddled horse for his third win overall, while a last ditch effort by KASSER (AF Albahar x Wujdan) and AL FOUZ (Hatteen x Qadira De Faust) under JP Guillambert and Pierantonio Convertino respectively was only good enough for a second and third place finish respectively.



HILLSIDE DREAM (Dream Ahead x Knapton Hill) had shown plenty of ability in Britain, however, a win had always remained elusive. On Thursday, that changed as Harry Bentley rode the 4yo to a fine victory over seven furlongs. Bentley had his mount track early leader Wailess, who was passed a furlong from the post, and eventually Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s filly pulled away for her first win. Hadi Al Ramzani’s ward POET’S SONG (Poet's Voice x Bee Eater) was second ahead of Ibrahim Al Malki schooled MOUEEN (Lope De Vega x Quesada).



A confident ride by JP Guillambert saw Al Majd Stud’s TEEJANN (Majd Al Arab x Caramela) shed her maiden status on her longest trip so far at a mile. The move up in distance proved no hindrance for Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s ward, who led throughout and then pulled away on the final straight to finish two and a half lengths ahead of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned NAMROUD (Mared Al Sahra x Nouba Al Maury), ridden by Pierantonio Convertino. SEMWO (Mared Al Sahra x Mahmoona) finished third under Adnan Hawa’s ride