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
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
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
After making the frame in the last three starts in France, ATEEJ (AF AlBahar x Sahara Croixnoire) chose a big one to shed his maiden status, with Adrie de Vries riding the Thomas Fourcy saddled colt to victory in the mile-long run.
After five straight top five finishes, two of those this season, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained MY SHARONA (Dark Angel x Tanda Tula) raced to a victory in the Class 1 1100m sprint on Thursday. Jockey JP Guillambert helmed the Injaaz Stud owned mare for her third straight win on QREC dirt.
The 2016 Qatar International Derby takes place on 28 and 29 December and has seen a host of international runners entered.