Fuentes guides SRAAB to Halul Island Cup

After 11 futile attempts at victory last season, Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s SRAAB (High Chaparral x Marie Dora) has made amends this season winning her second straight race under jockey Ray Fuentes in the HALUL ISLAND CUP for local thoroughbreds. Saddled by Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi, the 9yo mare had won the Ras Laffan Cup over 2000m a month ago. On Saturday at the Al Rayyan Park turf, she stepped up in distance to 12 furlongs, and did enough at the post to edge out Theo Bachelot-ridden SARMAD BU THAILA (Soviet Secret x Appleby) by half a length, while Faleh Bughanaim helmed AL LUSAIL (Footstepsinthesand x Gooey) to a close third.

Hussain Abdulatif al-Emadi’s ADHAM (Dream Ahead x Leopard Creek) was the second winner on the day for trainer Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki, when the colt won at the Al Rayyan Park for the first time since February 2017. Jimmy Quinn helmed the 5yo in the six furlong THOROUGHBRED CLAIMING RACE (Class 4).

After two winless seasons, Mubarak Bin Saeed Aljafai Al Naimi’s QATAR DANCE (Zebedee x Esterlina) registered a victory, topping the THOROUGHBREDS (Fillies & Mares) (Class 2) comfortably. The victory in the 2000m race was second on the day for trainer Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani and jockey Theo Bachelot.

Al Shaqab Racing’s AL WALID (Dahess x Al Sarwa) led a one-two for trainer Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle in the 1850 PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS, following up on his second-place finish in Al Daayen Cup three and a half weeks ago, with a thrilling quarter length victory over Umm Qarn’s Sehab, ridden by Ronan Thomas.

Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki trained PERFECT STORM (Excelebration x Lady Miletrian) had run 2200m only twice before coming into Saturday’s THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (75-95), but with two top four finishes over the C&D, the 4yo gelding edged out Harry Bentley ridden Perigee by three quarters of a length at the post for his second victory this season.


Julian Colin Smart schooled OFF HE GOES (Casino Prince x Perfectly Stunning) brushed aside a forgettable season debut with a smashing win in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (80 & below). Like the other two victories for the gelding, owned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the 4yo had Theo Bachelot in the saddle for the 2000m run.

After staying in the frame for each of her four outings this season, Al Jeryan Stud’s AJS AL MAHA (AF Al Bahar x Nevadour Al Maury) finally registered her first career win with a close victory under Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim in the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (85 & below). In the seven furlong run, the 5yo mare, trained by Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani, won by three quarters of a length on her tenth run.

On his first day of race action in Qatar, French jockey Ryan Curatolo notched his second straight victory when he rode Mohamed Khaled Elahmed trained KHAT AL NAR (Domestic Fund x Blackpool Mamma’s) to a comfortable one and a half length victory in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (85 & below). The victory was the gelding’s third straight this season.

A month after he finished at the back of the pack on his debut, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s FALCONE DU CROATE (Munjiz x Shamilah Du Croate) bounced back with a victory in the 1600m PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE, with Ryan Curatolo making a fantastic race debut in Qatar for trainer Julian Colin Smart astride the 3yo.