VICTORY LAUREL sprints away with Al Ghariya Cup

4 January 2017


After coming close to victory thrice on the day, trainer Ibrahim Al Malki and jockey Eduardo Pedroza scored a victory in the feature event, a five-furlong sprint. VICTORY LAUREL (Holy Roman Emperor x Special Cause), who had three top four finishes coming into Wednesday's race this season, finished half a length ahead of Jassim Mohammed Ghazali's in-form mare MY SHARONA (Dark Angel x Tanda Tula) for a fine victory. Injaaz Stud's My Sharona had picked up two straight wins within a span of a week in December, but had to settle for second spot, while SANDBETWEENOURTOES (Footstepsinthesand x Callanish) was third under Pierantonio Convertino.


Deborah Mountain's DRILLMASTER (Mizzen Mast x Despot) registered his second straight victory, and third this season, when Adrie de Vries, fresh from a rewarding Qatar International Derby Festival outing, guided the Hassan Ali Abdulmalik-owned colt to a victory in the 2000m run. The 4yo finished one and a half lengths ahead of the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali-saddled GENERALSHIP (New Approach x Ahla Wasahl), under Pierantonio Convertino's ride, while Mohannad Al Yaqout's KARRAAR (Dubawi x Maghya) was third on his debut under Marco Monteriso.


It was a big day for jockey Kelly Harrison, who came out of retirement for her first ride in Qatar on Wednesday. And her effort paid off when she rode the Bustawi Ismail-schooled AL GOMRY (Exceed And Excel x Welsh Cake) to victory in the six-furlong sprint. Harrison guided the Mohammed Khalifa AM Al Attiya-owned gelding to a thrilling victory over Ibrahim Al Malki's GOLD TRADE (Raven's Pass x Trading Places), ridden by Eduardo Pedroza, while Alberto Sanna was at the helm of Deborah Mountain's PALMETTO DUNES (Frist Defence x Gainful).


Zuhair Mohsen's APICUS (Speightstown x Apple of Kent) bounced back from a disappointing run in November to win the six-furlong sprint. The win was the Abdulaziz Jassim Al Boenain-owned filly's second this season and jockey Marvin Suerland has been at the helm both the times. On her last outing, the 4yo had finished 13th in a 16-horse field. On Wednesday, Suerland guided the filly to finish a comfortable four lengths ahead of the Ibrahim Al Malki-trained ADHAM (Dream Ahead x Leopard Creek), ridden by Eduardo Pedroza, while the Mohammed Riyaz-schooled CHARME SECRET (Air Chief Marchal x Scarley Secret) completed the top three.



Trainer Hadi Al Ramzani's horses swept the top two spots in the Class 5 race over 1700m. CUECA (Country Reel x Costa Packet), after coming close on three occasions last month, registered her second career win. On Wednesday, the Mohammed Khalifa Al Sowaidi-owned 6yo was helmed by Tomas Lukasek and the duo did well to finish one and a half lengths ahead of AL NEHAYY (Mastercraftsman x Yacht Woman), owned by Ali Yousef Al Kubaisi. Yanis Aouabed guided the 5yo to finish ahead of the Mohannad Al Yaqout-trained DIGITAL REBELLION (Dubawi x Rebelline).



Jassim Mohammed Ghazali had a one-two in the nine-furlong run with Al Shahania Stud's AZIZNEFS (Amer x Uchka De Ghazal) registering a win with Harry Bentley at the helm. The win was the 5yo's second straight, with the first one in a Fegentri event under American jockey Eric Poretz three weeks ago. Bentley's ride edged out FAWWAZ (Nizam x Dalkia Du Monteil), owned by Abdullah Mohammed Al Kuwari Sons, for the win. Fawwaz, ridden by JP Guillambert, finished ahead of third-placed SHE'RIS (Mared Al Sahra x Kerbelle Du Loup), trained by Julian Smart and ridden by Richard Mullen.



Jassim Mohammed Ghazali's MURAQABAH (Great Journey x Magic Kaldoun) registered her second victory this season when Harry Bentley rode the filly to victory in the six-furlong sprint. Both victories of the Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari-owned 5yo have come under Bentley's ride. It was Muraqabah's fourth straight top two finish for the filly. Muraqabah finished a length ahead of the Ibrahim Al Malki-saddled DALEEM (Chelsea Manor x Queen Of The Keys), ridden by Eduardo Pedroza, while the Mohammed Hussain-trained AL MAZROOAH (Golden Snake x Sandpiper) was helmed by Stephan Ladjadj to a third place finish.



Alban de Mieulle's Umm Qarn colts QAISER (Amer x Djelmila) and KUFOO (Dormane x Al Anqa) raced to a one-two in the first race of the day. This was Qaiser's third attempt at shedding his maiden status and also his longest run yet at nine furlongs. Ridden by Jean Baptiste Hamel, the 5yo finished a mighty seven lengths ahead of stablemate Kufoo, who notched up a second-place finish on his debut under Gaetan Faucon's ride. Richard Mullen guided the Julian Smart-saddled MOHSSN (Almas x Nisaee) to a third place finish on his second career outing.