Curatolo helms CATCH A WAVE to Umm Al Afai Cup victory

Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s CATCH A WAVE (Approve x Casablanca Jewel) went one better than his previous outing to win for the first time since November of 2018 on Wednesday. In the UMM AL AFAI CUP (THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (75 – 95)), Ryan Curatolo helmed the Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain saddled gelding and the 6yo was responsive enough to win with two lengths and three quarters to spare in the 1100m sprint. Carlos Henrique ridden ZARANDI (Scat Daddy x Zaralanta) edged out JP Guillambert ridden Midsummer Knight (Dream Ahead x High Spice) by a mere nose to take the runner up spot.

Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s RASSAN (Amer x Sandytiki) was a close third and second on his last two outings this season respectively, and the oldest horse in the field in Wednesdays PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS followed them up with a victory. The 10yo was helmed by Champion Jockey Harry Bentley in the six-furlong sprint and the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali saddled horse was up to the task racing to a fine win with a length to spare.

AJS JAMRA (AF AlBahar x Mangaline Du Loup) was the second winner on the day for the colours of Al Jeryan Stud and trainer Mohammed Nasser Al Naimi. The mare had a string of promising results earlier this season before she finished outside the top five last time out. On Wednesday, the 5yo entered the winner’s circle for the first time since April 2018 after winning the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIANS (Fillies & Mares) (4yo & older fillies and mares) under Ronan Thomas with two and a half lengths to spare.

Injaaz Stud’s QATE’E (Holy Roman Emperor x Cyber Star) may have been less than impressive last time round a week ago, but the Jassim Mohamed Ghazali trained horse made amends on Wednesday with the 5yo topping the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (85 & below) on dirt. In the 1700m run, Theo Bachelot guided Qate’e to a fine win with two and a half lengths to spare, with stablemate Rawdat Al Khail second under JP Guillambert.

Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s ANEEQ (Majd Al Arab x Zalzalah) went one better than his last outing for his second victory this season. Ridden by Ryan Curatolo in the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (80 & below), the Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi trained horse carried the maximum weight but had little trouble to win the 1700m race on dirt by one and a half lengths. It was the horse’s second C&D victory this season.

Mansoor Ebrahim Al Mahmoud’s TADEEM (Poet’s Voice x Salhooda) had finished in the frame each time it hit the track this season and the run continued on Wednesday as the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali saddled gelding entered the winner’s circle for the second time this season. In the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (80 & below), Harry Bentley and his mount went past the post one and a half lengths ahead of the competition for a win in the six-furlong sprint.

Al Azraq Stable’s IMMORAL (Helmet x Loose Julie) made a fantastic debut in Qatar as the unexposed gelding picked up a dominant victory in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (70 & below). In the 1900m run, Eduardo Pedroza was astride Mohammed Gassim Ghazali’s ward and the duo had little trouble going past the post with seven lengths spare. It was the first time that the 4yo, coming off a victory in the UK in July, won on dirt.

In a thrilling finish to the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6), Al Jeryan Stud’s REX PLACE (Battle Of Marengo x Green Chorus) entered the winner’s circle for the first time in his career on Wednesday. Trained by Mohammed Nasser Al Naimi, the 4yo followed up his third-place finish over C&D earlier this month to win by a nose in the six-furlong sprint under Ronan Thomas.

After staying in the top five last time round over a mile, a step down in class and trip seemed to have worked for Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s AL JUNOOD (Hafid Du Bac x Al Mubadara) on Wednesday. The Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained horse made a fantastic debut on dirt with Theo Bachelot helming the 5yo in the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE. The duo won by a massive 15 lengths ahead of the competition for the horse’s second career victory.