Al Shaqab's fillies topped five out of seven categories on the first day of the 26th Qatar International Arabian Horse Show at the Indoor Arena, Al Shaqab, on Friday.
A year after he last tasted victory, Mohammed Jassim Ghazali trained STEVIE'S WONDER (Art Connoisseur x Our Jo Jo) was led in as the winner once again as Harry Bentley guided the 5yo to victory in the 2000m feature on turf at QREC on Thursday.
Trainer Ibrahim Al Malki and jockey Saleem Golam combined well for their second victory on the day when Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani owned SUHAIL AL URAIQ (Majd Al Arab x Shamekha) registered his first victory over six furlongs at the QREC dirt track.
For the second straight year, trainer Julian Smart picked up the biggest race in Qatar with H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned EBRAZ (Amer x Massamarie) winning the 2400m race on Saturday.
Horizon Automobiles, exclusive agents of Aston Martin in Qatar, came on board as a sponsor with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, sponsoring Saturday’s HH The Emir’s Shalfa and also Friday’s Qatari Apprentice Thoroughbred Handicap races.
British raider SOVEREIGN DEBT (Dark Angel x Kelsey Rose) won the Day Two feature of HH The Emir’s Sword Festival with Andrew Mullen riding the David Nicholls trained 8yo to a half a length victory over Aidan O’Brien’s fancied 6yo COUGAR MOUNTAIN (Fastnet Rock x Descant).