QATAR DERBY (3yo Purebred Arabians)
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 Julian Smart’s EBRAZ (Amer x Massamarie) and Fourcy’s ZIKREET (Dahess x Dormadora) went past early leader Samaa on the final stretch, Ateej joined the party and eventually edged out his rivals for a memorable maiden win. Derby Trial winner Shabih Alreeh was fourth for Smart.
QATAR OAKS (GR3 – 3yo Thoroughbred Class 1 fillies)
MANGO TANGO (Siyouni x Alexandrina) built on her credible Group 2 performances in France to win the longest race of the card (2000m). The Ibrahim Al Malki charge, ridden by Eduardo Pedroza in the colours of Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi, was third for a large part of the race even as Al Dallah built a sizeable lead up front. However, coming off the final bend, Mango Tango eased past the leader before pulling away for a commanding four-length win over Stefano Ibido trained CROARA (Exceed and Excel x Alleviate) and Umm Qarn’s MATARA (Rip Van Winkle x My Girl Charlie).
AL RAYYAN STAKES (2yo Thoroughbreds Class 1)
A timely gap and a willing partner meant that Eduardo Pedroza guided PAZEER (Siyouni x Parandeh) to a thrilling victory in the seven furlong run for trainer Ibrahim Al Malki. Having stayed away from the lead, which was taken by Masham Star early on, Pazeer, owned by Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi, hit traffic two furlongs from the post, even as stablemate PERFECT STORM (Excelebration x Lady Miletrian) picked up pace on the rails. Norwegian entry TROUBLE OF COURSE (Rajsaman x Sister Trouble) went past Perfect Storm, while Pazeer’s pace was good enough to hit the post first.
QATAR DERBY – LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIANS (3yo)
Umm Qarn’s FAROOQ (Nizam x Sarahmina) went one better than his Derby Trial performance to land the Derby for Local Arabians for trainer Alban de Mieulle. The mile-long run saw Farooq leading throughout under Gaetan Faucon’s ride even as AJS GANNAS (AF AlBahar x Karreema) and Al Malhouf made a brief bid to challenge the leading colt but the Umm Qarn colt looked in no mood to slow down, eventually beating AJS Gannas by two lengths. Mohammed Hussain trained TAHRI BAHA (Mared Al Sahra x Zamara) completed the podium.
QATAR OAKS (3yo Local Thoroughbred fillies)
Al Wasmiyah Farm’s MUZHELAH (Sea’s Legacy x Lillibits) led from start to finish registering her second win this year. Adrie de Vries has guided the filly to both her wins, and on Wednesday she ran the longest distance in her short career so far at a mile. Muzhelah held off a late challenge by Oaks Trial winner SHAWK (Domestic Fund x Rockcat), under Darren Williams, as trainer Wasim Mohammed picked up his first win of the season. Saleem Golam rode SOBHEYA (Domestic Fund x Kiyari) to third place for trainer Mohammed Khalid Al Hamed.
SAWDA NATHEEL STAKES (Thoroughbreds F&M – 110 & below)
Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained MY SHARONA (Dark Angel x Tanda Tula) registered her second straight victory in as many weeks when Harry Bentley rode the 7yo mare to victory in the six furlong sprint on Wednesday. Having won Muraikh Cup on dirt last week, the Injaaz Stud owned mare had looked in good touch, just like her rival and half sister BRONZE MAQUETTE (Dark Angel x Precious Citizen), who had also won on her last outing. However, it was Bentley’s partner who picked up a one length win, even as Mohammed Hussain-trained Bronze Maquette edged out LADY CHANTILLY (Kodiac x Flashy Life) for the second spot.
LIJMILIYA PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN CUP (F&M)
Daughters of prolific sire Amer swept the podium in the first race of the card with Hussain Aashoor trained EL NAHAB (Amer x Djazie) picking up her first career victory under Adrie de Vries’ ride. Umm Qarn’s RAHIBAH (Amer x Malakbe) finished second for trainer Alban de Mieulle, with Jean Baptiste Hamel guiding the 4yo to second spot ahead of Mohannad Al Yaqout saddled RAQYAH (Amer x Anayid), ridden by Gerald Avranche in the colours of Al Jeryan Stud.