UMM TAQA CUP (PA, F&M)
After finishing a runner up twice on the day, trainer Ibrahim Al Malki finally had a winner, with Eduardo Pedroza riding MOWHOUBAT AL ZAIDY (Al Mudaffar x El Modamerah) in the colours of Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani to victory in the feature race of the card. The win was the 8yo mare's second this season, having finished third and fourth in her other two runs. Julian Smart's HAGWA (Burning Sand x Mataleb ASF), who last tasted victory in March 2016 for owner HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, was beaten by three lengths, while the Umm Qarn duo of SAMAA (Majd Al Arab x Noorah) and Magie D'Eau finished third and fourth for trainer Alban de Mieulle.
THOROUGHBRED CONDITIONS (CLASS 1)
THIRD DIMENSON (Dubawi x Round the Cape) made his liking for dirt very evident when the Jassim Ghazali-trained gelding registered his third win on the surface in Qatar. Ridden by Harry Bentley, Third Dimension, who had finished fifth on his season opening run in November 2016, won the 1700 race, doing enough to finish two lengths ahead of Ibrahim Al Malki's charge BAITHA ALGA (Fast Company x Tawaafur), ridden by Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim. The rest of the field finished further behind, with UPHOLLAND (Dutch Art x Never Away) finishing third five lengths behind under JP Guillambert's ride.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 5) (DIV 2) (61-75)
Zuhair Mohsen saddled PIPE BOMB (Acclamation x Dorelia) bounced back from two disappointing finishes to win the 1200m run in a commanding fashion on Wednesday. Ridden by Stephan Ladjadj, the 5yo gelding finished six lengths ahead of an in-form CUECA (Country Reel x Costa Packet), trained by Hadi Al Ramzani. Cueca, who had stepped down from her previous runs and had won a handicap event over 1700m a week ago, finished second under jockey Tomas Lukasek, while Harry Bentley guided HILLSIDE DREAM (Dream Ahead x Knapton Hill), who had shed her maiden status on her Qatar debut a week ago, to a third place finish.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 5) (DIV 2) (61-75)
For the sixth straight time, Mohammed Riyaz schooled CHARME SECRET (Air Chief Marchal x Scarley Secret) finished in the top five, winning the six furlong sprint, under Xavier Ziani. Ziani, who rode the 5yo to victory the last time too, in December 2016, helmed the Salem Fadham Al Hajri & Sons owned colt for a two length victory over Pierantonio Convertino's mount SCUDDING (Mizzen Mast x Pearl In Sand), trained by Mohammed Jassim Ghazali. Almost seven weeks after her last win, Zuhair Mohsen's FARENDOLE (First Defence x Quick to Please), ridden by Marvin Suerland, had to settle for third spot.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED CONDITIONS (4yo & older maidens, one, two, three time winners)
Umm Qarn's HADEER (Atlantic Air x Shulah) registered her second win this season when Gaetan Faucon guided her to a big eight length victory in the 1900m race. Alban de Mieulle's charge, who shed her maiden status in November 2016 over a mile, also under Faucon, finished ahead of Khalid Al Nuaimi trained AMMON (Sleeping Indian x Farmers Wish), ridden by Stephan Ladjadj, while AL JAMAAHEER (Hockney x Inthemoodforlove), who was coming off a win from three weeks ago, had to settle for third spot under Harry Bentley.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (CLASS 6)
DUBAWI HUNDRED (Dubawi x Casanga) showed some really good pace under Harry Bentley's ride to win the nine-furlong run on dirt for trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali. Tracking early leader AL HAZAM (Duke Of Marmalade x Buck Aspen), ridden by Xavier Ziani, Bentley made the move coming on to the final stretch and soon passed Mohamed Riyaz's colt to take the lead. However, Ibrahim Al Malki saddled MOUEENN (Lope De Vega x Quesada) began his pursuit under Eduardo Pedroza, but eventually it earned the Rumailah Stud gelding a second spot, ahead of Al Hazam.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3 YEAR OLDS ONLY) (CLASS 6)
Hadi Al Ramzani trained filly INCANDESCENT (Pivotal x Bedazzled) was in red hot form on her Qatar debut. Tomas Lukasek had little trouble guiding Abdulaziz Saleh Al Jaber owned filly to a big seven length victory over Jassim Mohammed Ghazali's duo RAS AL QIMMAH (Falco x Dynalosca) and KLAREMOUNT (Kodiac x Hannah Greeley). Harry Bentley rode Ras Al Qimmah to a top three finish for the third time, while Klaremount too made his debut in Qatar under JP Guillambert's ride.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE
Khalid Al Nuaimi trained SEMWO (Mared Al Sahra x Mahmoona) had never finished outside the top four in his short four race career coming into the six furlong run. On Wednesday, the record stayed intact as Stephan Ladjadj guided the 6yo to a fine win. Mubarak Al Khayarin's UDAI AL WAJBA (Hatteen x Istoora) finished runner up for the second straight time, this time under Harry Bentley's ride. Deborah Mountain schooled TASABEEH AL HANA (AF AlBahar x Tatiana Letoise) was ridden to a third place finish by Alan Munro.
PUREBRED ARABIAN SPECIAL CONDITIONS
Meteb Al Marri rode Mohamed Al Sheeb saddled KASSER (AF Albahar x Wujdan) to his second career victory when the duo won the six furlong run on dirt. Kasser was moved into lead by Al Marri right off the second gate and with little challenge by the rivals, Kasser pulled away on the home stretch to pick up an impressive seven length victory, with Zuhair Mohsen's AL QASSAM (Af Albahar x Najmat Al Sharq) and M. Al Shahwani trained HADDAJ DUKHAN (Majd Al Arab x Gantra El Baraka) finishing second and third respectively.