QATAR DERBY (Gr1 -3yo)
Jockey Adrie de Vries was on the winner’s podium for the second straight day, guiding German raider NOOR AL HAWA (Makfi x Majestic Roi) to the big win in the USD 500,000 race. The trio of Thewayyouwish, Ard San Aer and AL MOHALHAL (Acclamation x Secret Question) led the race before the field spread out coming off the final bend. The pace quickened and De Vries had the Al Wasmiyah Farm-owned colt move past the early leaders with the Mohammed Hussain-saddled GERRARD’S QUEST (Captain Gerrard x Ryan's Quest) also in pursuit. At the post, the Andreas Wohley-trained Noor Al Hawa beat Gerrard’s Quest for a memorable win while Al Mohalhal held on for a creditable third.
QATAR DERBY (Gr2 PA – 4yo)
Umm Qarn’s TAYF (Amer x Djelmila) had built his momentum with some credible performances in Europe and then landed a mile-long run last month on his return to Qatar. On Thursday, Tayf was ridden to close victory by Olivier Peslier for trainer Alban de Mieulle when the
colt edged out the Ibrahim Al Malki-saddled MITH’HAF ATHBAH (Amer x Karouj), helmed by Eduardo Pedroza, and HH The Emir’s Silver Sword winner SPAGHETTI (Snoopi x Nouillaugratin), ridden by Harry Bentley, for the victory over 2000m.
QATAR DERBY (4yo Local PA)
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Ahmed Al Thani’s MOLHEB AL NAIF (Amer x Kesbah) did well when stepping up to 2000m, winning under Gerald Avranche. Starting off wide, Avranche had his partner take the lead and besides a brief tussle with Umm Qarn’s DAMAS (Mugadir x Kunooz), coming on to the home stretch, had little trouble guiding the 4yo home, for a two-length win. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s BARRELAMAN (Mared Al Sahra x Tm La Belle Proper) was third under Pier Convertino.
QATAR DERBY (3yo Local Thoroughbreds)
The Zuhair Mohsen-schooled ASAAF (Aussie Rules x Feel) registered his second win this year after Stephan Ladjadj had guided the Ali Khalfan Mohammed Ali Sheban Al Suwaidi-owned colt to a victory by the smallest of margins in the 1850m run. Led early on Cannon, under Darren Williams, with final two furlongs to go, Asaaf and Alberto Sanna’s ride SALMAN BU THAILA (Cockney Rebel x Hvasavi) picked up pace almost at the same time and soon there was a thrilling duel at hand; one that Asaaf won in a photo finish. Umm Qarn’s SAQR (Atlantic Air x Al Basmah) was a distant third even as a step up in the distance proved disastrous for the pre-race favourite Al Uraiq Secret.
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In a thrilling finish, the Dhafi Al Ardi Al Marri-owned AL AAYAR (AF Albahar x Zirya) held off a strong challenge by MUJAHIDAH (Hatteen x Assana D'Aroco) to win the seven furlong run, and having been helmed by Qatari jockey, Rashid Al Marri, even won a QR10,000
bonus for the owner, the trainer and the jockey. The Mohammed Hussain-schooled 5yo took the lead and never gave it up, staving off a threatening challenge by Harry Bentley and his partner Mujahidah, trained by Mohammed Jassim Ghazali, in the final few hundred metres. The Julian Smart-trained FER’HA (Mared Al Sahra x Ba'Scherit) was third under Abdulla Al Marri.
QATAR OAKS (3yo Local PA fillies)
AL MALHOUFA (Mahabb x Al Jazeera) went one better than her last outing to pick up her maiden victory under Harry Bentley. Trained by Jassim Mohammed Ghazali, Al Malhoufa stayed in the mix on the rails, even as Al Hawjaa took the lead early on. On to the final stretch, Al Hawjaa was overwhelmed by Umm Qarn’s AFRA (Majd Al Arab x Zabieh) on the inside and, Bentley made good use of a gap between the two, having stayed on the inside even as the field spread. Eventually, Al Malhoufa surged forward to win by two lengths the while Majed Seifeddine-saddled AL SABBA (Amer x Khawater) was second, ahead of Afra.
QATAR OAKS (3yo PA fillies)
Oaks Trial winner HUMAM (General x Baby Leaune) successfully completed her hat-trick winning the mile-long run under Olivier Peslier’s ride. Alban de Mieulle’s charge was steady in his run, with Julian Smart’s LAWA’HAS (Munjiz x Magadir ASF), who had finished behind Humam in the Oaks Trial in November, taking the early lead. The Umm Qarn’s filly steadily moved up the order on the final bend before going past Marco Monteriso’s ride in the final furlong for a fine win. Harry Bentley guided FARFALE (Snoopi x Nouillaugratin) to a third place finish.