Casamento rides DANEYAN to The Late Abdul Aziz Al Fuhaid Cup victory

Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari’s DANEYAN (Shamardal x Dayita) bounced back from a forgettable finish during HH The Amir Sword Festival weekend to enter the winner’s circle for the third time this season. In THE LATE ABDUL AZIZ AL FUHAID CUP (THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2)), the dirt feature on Wednesday, the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained horse had Marco Casamento in the saddle and the 5yo was in a league of his own on the home straight as he pulled away for a scintillating five-length victory at the post. Tomas Lukasek helmed Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki trained TOPSY TURVY (Pivotal x Helter Helter) to a close second, with Faleh Bughanaim ridden EXTREMIS (Invincible Spirit x Fidelite) third by a mere nose in the 1900m race. The winner was Ghazali’s third on the day and Casamento’s second.

Umm Qarn’s BADDA (Seraphin Du Paon x Raqiyah) picked up a second C&D victory this season with the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle saddled mare topped the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & below) in a thrilling fashion on Wednesday. In the 1700m run on dirt, the 5yo was partnered by Soufiane Saadi for the second straight time, and the two started on the inside off Gate 2 and managed to hold off as many as five other contenders for a fantastic victory with three-quarters of a length to spare.

Al Thumama Racing’s X FORCE (Bungle Inthejungle x Nafa) registered his first victory in Qatar as the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki saddled gelding topped THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90) in dominant fashion. The 3yo had finished in the frame in both his first outings in Qatar, and in the 1100m run on Wednesday, Faleh Bughanaim guided the gelding to a huge six-length victory. It was the second victory on the day for both Bughanaim and Al Malki, and third overall for the horse.

Injaaz Stud’s SHAKOUR (Declaration Of War x Another Storm) has had a mixed bag of a season that has seen the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained horse being well held on a couple of occasions and also winning a novice in January. On Wednesday, the 5yo was back in the winner’s circle for the second time this season with JP Guillambert in the saddle for the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90). In the 1700m run, Shakour won by two lengths and three quarters, Ghazali’s second winner on the day.

Umm Qarn’s MAJDI (Very Nice Name x Sooner Or Later) went one better than his last outing to shed his maiden status in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (80 & below). Ridden by Ronan Thomas for the first time in Qatar, the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle trained 4yo started out wide in the 1700m run on dirt but did enough to win by two and a half lengths at the post.

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s ATTAF (Footstepsinthesand x Silver Sycamore) led a one-two for Champion Trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali when the 5yo topped the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (80 & below). In the six-furlong run, Attaf had Marco Casamento for company for the second straight time. A step down to six furlongs from 2000m seemed to have worked well for Attaf as he beat stablemate Rawdat Al Khail, ridden by JP Guillambert, by two and a half lengths at the post.

Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani’s FUWAIRAT (Amer x Sakina De Faust) was well held in Group 1 company last time round but Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki trained horse bounced back with a victory with Tomas Lukasek guiding the 5yo to a C&D victory in the PUREBRED ARABIAN GRADUATION PLATE. In the 1700m race, Fuwairat started the widest of the nine contenders but did well to win by three lengths and three quarters.

Qatari rider Faleh Bughanaim helmed his fifth winner this season on Wednesday. Bughanaim was astride Osama Omer Al Dafea’s GINKEAU (Divamer x Eauvation Des Cedres) for the second straight time, and the colt showed versatility moving from turf to dirt and stepping down in distance to six furlongs in the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Div 2). The two followed up their third-place finish in the top notch Silver Sword race two weeks ago with a thrilling victory by a neck.

Injaaz Stud’s AWAMIR (Nizam x Assana D’Aroco) had shown promise on his debut when he finished fifth over a mile in October. On Wednesday, the Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained colt stepped down in distance to a six-furlong sprint in the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Div 1) with JP Guillambert in the saddle once again. The 4yo managed to pick up a thrilling victory, winning by a short head at the post.

Qatari jockey Meteb Ali Al Marri raced to his eighth win this season when the apprentice rider helmed NASHMI BROOQ (Burning Sand x Doranikaa) to a fine win on Wednesday. In the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE, the Hamad Ateeq Al Marri saddled 5yo topped the six-furlong run with a length to spare. It was the horse’s second victory in a busy season that has seen him line up 14 times.