Anas Al Seyabi guides AJS WATHANAN to Rodat Al Maida Cup win

After a few hiccups, Al Ghazali Stud’s AJS WATHANAN (Amer x Mangaline Du Loup) picked up a fine victory, third of his season so far, in the RODAT AL MAIDA CUP (LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS) on Wednesday. The feature race on dirt saw Anas Al Seyabi guide the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained gelding to a two-length and a quarter victory, handing Umm Qarn’s SEALINE (Amer x Jaljalah), ridden by Ronan Thomas for Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle, his second straight runner up finish.  Al Moatasem Al Balushi guided Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim trained SAA’D (Burning Sand x Mataleb ASF) to a close third in the 1700m run.

Qatari rider Saleh Salem Al-Marri raced his second winner of the day in the penultimate race of the meeting with Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Bin Nasser Al Thani’s HAZM AL SULAIMI (TM Fred Texas x Hasna) topping the PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS in thrilling fashion. The jockey was astride Gassim Mohammad Ghazali’s ward for the first time and the two did well to Ronan Thomas ridden Barra by a nose at the post.

Saeed Nasser Al Qadi’s ZARANDI (Scat Daddy x Zaralanta) went one better over C&D to register his fourth victory this season. Under Carlos Henrique, the Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani’s ward had finished runner up in a handicap a week ago. But they returned this week to enter the Al Rayyan Park’s winner’s circle for the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (75-95) after a thrilling finish that saw them hold off Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained trio by three-quarters of a length.

Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani’s JAHFAL (Amer x Synaps) had two third-place C&D finishes this season coming into LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (75 & below). On Wednesday, Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s ward finally stepped into the winner’s circle with a fine victory under Leo Salles in the 1700m run. The two-length win was second on the day for the colours, trainer and the jockey.

Brooq Stud’s NASHMI BROOQ (Burning Sand x Doranikaa) was the ninth winner of the season for Qatari rider Meteb Ali Al Marri. On Wednesday, in the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (80 & below), Hamad Ateeq Al Marri saddled horse had the apprentice rider in the saddle for the fourth straight time, and the duo raced to a C&D victory for the second straight time this month in the six furlong sprint.

Rider Saleh Salem Al Marri raced to his seventh victory this season guiding Al Azraq Stable’s BINT SAFFIAN (Arcano x Saffian) to a breezy win in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (80 & Below) sprint on Wednesday. Bader Al Balushi saddled mare had the Qatari jockey in the saddle and did well in the 1100m sprint for her second win this season. The mare had never finished outside the frame this season and that run continued.

Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari’s LUNERAY (Bated Breath x Lady Of Light) stepped to his longest trip so far at Al Rayyan Park and registered his first career win on Wednesday. In the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5), Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained colt had Ronan Thomas for company and the colt was on his own at the business end of the home straight to win with four and a half lengths to spare.

Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani’s ARANDAS (Namid x Adventuress) built on his third-place finish on debut to shed his maiden status in thrilling fashion on Wednesday. The colt, helmed by Leo Salles for trainer Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki, led a one-two for the colours and the trainer, winning a duel with Anas Al Seyabi ridden Al Sareh in the six-furlong LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3-Year-Olds).