Al Jeryan Stud’s AL LUSAIL (Footstepsinthesand x Gooey) continued with his spectacular run of wins, racing to his sixth straight victory and a hat-trick of feature wins this season when the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-schooled horse won the HALUL ISLAND CUP (National Day Cup) for Local Thoroughbreds on turf at Al Rayyan Park on Saturday. Ridden by Ronan Thomas in the 2400m race, the 5yo was past the post half a length ahead of the Harry Bentley-ridden ABU SAMRAH (Zafeen x Starks), trained by Gassim Mohammad Ghazali while Luca Maniezzi helmed the Stefano Ibido-trained SALMAN BU THAILA (Cockney Rebel x Hvasavi) to a promising third.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s FESTIVE (Literato x Path Of Life) has been in spectacular form since April last year and that run only continued on Saturday when the mare raced to her second straight victory this season and Ghazali’s third on the day. Like her last outing last month, Champion Jockey Harry Bentley was in the saddle for Saturday’s 2000m THOROUGHBREDS (Fillies & Mares) (Class 2) and the 5yo edged out the Luca Maniezzi-ridden AMENABLE by a short head at the post.
Al Shaqab Racing’s AL NAAMA (Majd Al Arab x Entisar) raced to her first victory in Qatar on Saturday when the mare topped the PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS. In the 1850m race, the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle-schooled 5yo had Soufiane Saadi in the saddle and the duo edged out yet another De Mieulle’s ward, DABAAB, ridden by Ronan Thomas in the colours of Umm Qarn, by a head for a memorable victory.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s DANEYAN (Shamardal x Dayita) won for the first time this season in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) on Saturday. In the 2200m race, the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali-trained colt had Marco Casamento for company and the duo ran an impressive race to win by three quarters of a length ahead of the Eduardo Pedroza-ridden PERFECT STORM.
Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah’s AJS AL MOHEEB (Amer x Gabie De Carrere) halted a run of places finishes when the horse entered the winner’s circle for the first time since February. This season alone, the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali-trained 6yo had a hat-trick of runner up finishes coming into Saturday’s race. In the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (85 & below), however, the Harry Bentley-ridden horse edged out the Ronan Thomas-helmed SEALINE by a head for his third career win.
Sheikh Khalid Bin Jassim Bin Thani Al Thani’s ADMIRAL (Shamardal x Raheeba) continued his spectacular run of results with the 5yo racing to his fourth straight victory in the short season so far. Trained by Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki, the horse had Eduardo Pedroza for company in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (85 & below) and the two had little trouble in bagging the six-furlong sprint with three quarters of a length to spare.
Mohanad Jassim Al Yaqout’s ELLIANKA (Majd Al Arab x Billou Al Maury) won for the first time since February when the mare topped the PUREBRED ARABIAN CLAIMING RACE (60-90) on Saturday. Ridden by Soufiane Saadi for the first time, the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-schooled 5yo was impressive in her run in the six furlong sprint, winning by two and a half lengths at the post.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s NEEARAH (Mared Al Sahra x Uchka De Ghazal) built on her promising season-start to shed her maiden status with jockey Tomas Lukasek registering a hat-trick on the day. In the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE, Lukasek was astride Julian Colin Smart’s ward once again, having guided her to third in the Oaks Trial a month ago, and the duo did well in the miler on Saturday to beat the Ronan Thomas-ridden DJAMIL by three quarters of a length.
Khalifa Mohamed Khalifa Abdullah Al Attiyah’s EL PATRON (Penny’s Picnic x La Jalousie) bounced back from a forgettable outing 10 days ago to lead a one-two for trainer Hossin Mohammad Ashour in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (Far Bend) (80 & below) (Div 2). In the 2000m race, also using a new temporary bend, Tomas Lukasek was astride the winner again as the 4yo went past the post a length and three quarters ahead of the competition.
Ali Yousuf Al Kubaisi’s SUPREMATISM (More Than Ready x Exotic Behavior) went one better than his last outing to open his account this season in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (80 & below) (Far Bend) (Div 1) on Saturday. Ridden by Tomas Lukasek in the 2000m race that utilised a new temporary bend towards the end of the turf track, the 4yo took charge of the race a furlong out and picked up a fine victory with a length and a quarter to spare.