DIESE wins season-opening Al Ruwais Cup in thriller

Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward DIESE (General x Divana) had not finished outside the top four for almost a year and continued that run, notching his third win in Qatar in a thrilling finish to win the AL RUWAIS CUP (PA Handicap-90 & below) at Wednesday’s season-opening race meeting at Al Rayyan Park in Doha.
In the 1900m feature on dirt, the Olivier Materne-owned colt, with Ronan Thomas in the saddle, edged out the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-schooled EHWAZ (Munjiz x Cherazade), ridden by Tomas Lukasek, by a head, while Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward, AJS WATHANAN (Amer x Mangaline Du Loup) narrowly finished third under Marco Casamento.
Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari’s CLOUDBERRY (Pivotal x Clouded Leopard) registered his first victory in Qatar, winning the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90), in a thrilling finish under JP Guillambert. The 5yo gelding edged out the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-schooled Perfect Storm by a short head to give Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi his second victory of the day.
Trainer Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki and jockey Jimmy Quinn combined for their second victory on the season’s opening day when Mohamed Abdulla Abdulmalik’s DAMSAH (Gio Ponti x Kitten Love) registered her third career win, topping the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (30 & below).
The PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (75 & below) was topped by BINT AL AKABER (AF Albahar x Waad Fadi), saddled by Mohamed Khaled Elahmed. Ridden by Anas Al Seyabi in the colours of Subaiya Awad Ibrahim, the 7yo mare registered her second career win in Qatar, with the last one almost three years ago.
In a race for Qatari riders only, Rashid Ali Al Marri helmed the winner, TECHNICOLOUR (Dubawi x Many Colours) in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (75 & below) event. Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain’s ward raced to a dominant nine lengths and a quarter victory in the 1700m run.

After making six attempts at registering his first win last season, Osama Omer Al Dafea’s BAKER DE SAULARIE (Kerbella x Babiche De Saulari) shed his maiden status on his first outing in the new season under Stephan Ladjadj, winning the 1700m PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE.
Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani’s YVANLEND (Pivotal x Helen Glaz) won on his Qatar debut, shedding his maiden status in the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6) under Jimmy Quinn. Before running in the 1700m race on dirt at Al Rayyan Park, the gelding, now trained by Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki, had only run once in Chelmsford City, also under Quinn.
In the first race of the day, the trio of Leading Owner Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari, Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and Champion Jockey Harry Bentley opened with a victory in the new season’s first race with LEGTAIFIYA (Mahabb x Lyvia) winning the 1200m PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Fillies and Mares).