Umm Qarn’s MAJEED wins season-ending Al Kharrarah Cup

11 May 2017

AL KHARRARAH CUP (Local PA, 3yo and older)

Umm Qarn’s MAJEED (Amer x Zabieh) won the last feature race of the 2016-17 season with a brilliant run under Stephan Ladjadj on Thursday, 11 May. Early on in the 1850m race, Ladjadj had his partner stay away from the front even as the Al Jeryan Stud duo, AJS Al Rayyan and AJS GANNAS (AFAlBahar x Karreema), held the advantage. Halfway through the home stretch, Majeed had made his way 

to the front and eventually finished half a length ahead of Hadi Al Ramzani's AJS Gannas, ridden by Alberto Sanna, while AJS AL RAYYAN (Amer x Mangaline Du Loup) was third under Richard Mullen.


Mohammed Jassim Ghazali trained BOTANICA (Clodovil x Bent Al Fala) followed up her two runner up finishes with a win in the mile long run under Richard Mullen. Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Attiya owned mare had stayed within striking distance of early leader Harry's Dancer. Two furlongs out, Xavier Ziani's mount weakened and Botanica pulled away but soon found HILLSIDE Dream (Dream Ahead x Knapton Hill), ridden by Tadgh O'Shea, closing in. However Botanica held on for her seventh career win, while Bustawi Ismail trained TEA LEAF (Bushranger x Boston Ivy) completed the top three.



Ibrahim Al Malki’s only winner of the day was OPEN ‘N SHUT (Kyllachy x Our Faye) who won the longest race of the card under Saleem Golam. The 2400m was led by Ahmed Kobeissi’s Fort Moville early on, with Hadi Al Ramzani’s FOURIOSO (Footstepsinthesand x Moojeh) and Open ‘N Shut following closely. As the field spread wide coming on to the home straight, the top three reversed in order steadily and Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani owned gelding registered his first win in Qatar by half a length. Alberto Sanna rode Fourioso to second, while FORT MOVILLE (Le Havre x Fancy Dance), ridden by Gerald Avranche, was able to hold on from Duke of Dundee for his third.



MOSAYTER (Country Reel x Red Bravo) showed some amazing acceleration closer to the post to edge out Deborah Mountain's ZUZI (Dutch Art x Wedding List) and Alban de Mieulle's MUTAWASSAL (Elusive City x Lillibits) to pick up his second win this season in the mile-long run. Jassim Ghazali's ward had shed his maiden status over the same course and distance in January, and then repeated the feat on Thursday. Zuzi, who had moved into the lead early on under Rashid Al Marri, had Stephan Ladjadj ridden Mutawassal breathing down her neck in the closing stages of the race. Even as the two jostled for the lead, Mosayter eased past the two on the outside for a fine win.



Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari owned FARFALE (Snoopi x Nouillaugratin) had started off the season with promise but 2017 had not been good to the filly. That was till Thursday, when the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained 4yo came into her own at the business end of the 2000m run and registered her first career win under Tadgh O’Shea. The win was second on the day for the Ghazali-O’Shea combine. Farfale beat Alban de Mieulle trained ANEEDAH (Amer x Mashaael), ridden by Stephan Ladjadj in Umm Qarn colours, by a length at the post. Zuhair Mohsen’s ward, LAITH (Amer x Soudjel), completed the top three under Gerald Avranche.



SARRAB (Footstepsinthesand x Credibility) showed a clean pair of heels in the six furlong sprint to shed her maiden status in the colours of Osama Omar Al Dhafea. Stephen Ladjadj had little trouble with the filly, who had been going the right way, finishing the last two runs in the frame, including a runner-up finish a week ago. On Thursday, Ladjadj’s 3yo mount beat Zuhair Mohsen’s charge, AL MIKDAM (Myboycharlie x Kilfarasy), ridden by Gerald Avranche, by three lengths, while Rabiah Al Kaabi trained A G MAGNUM (Desert Party x Mary's Special) was third under Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim.



Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained KARAMA (Majd Al Arab x Marikitah) made a winning debut in the opening race of the day with a win in the seven furlong run. Tadgh O’Shea, riding in the colours of Sheail bin Khalifa al-Kuwari, had his 4yo mount track early leaders, Rashid Al Marri trained duo, Ghada Dukhan and Ostorah Dukhan. Coming off the bend, Mohammed Salama Ashour trained AWS (AF Albahar x Al Saitarah) joined the leading pack under Adnan Hawa. Ghada Dukhan weakened and with 100m to go, Karama came up alongside the other two, and surged forward with ease for a comfortable victory. Aws did enough to take second ahead of OSTORAH DUKHAN (Af Albahar x Hawra), ridden by Marco Monteriso.