GAZWAN shines with Qatar National Day Trophy win


HH The Emir’s Sword and Qatar Derby winner GAZWAN (Amer x Arc De Ciel) dominated the 2000m run to win for the second straight race this season. Owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani and trained by Julian Smart, Richard Mullen ridden Gazwan, the

top Purebred Arabian last season, had little trouble finishing three lengths ahead of Alban de Mieulle’s MAJEED (Amer x Zabieh), ridden by Gaetan Faucon in the famous Umm Qarn colours. Harry Bentley guided Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained AL MAJH’HOOR (Mared Al Sahra x Dixie Darlene) to a third place finish ahead of last year’s winner TM Thunder Struck.


After starting the season with a win in the Al Safliya Cup in November 2016, SANDBETWEENOURTOES (Footstepsinthesand x Callanish) made a good use of the rest to win the Class 1 run over 1000m for trainer Mubarak Al Khayarin. Pierantonio Convertino rode the 7yo to victory ahead of Ibrahim Al Malki trained duo VICTORY LAUREL (Holy Roman Emperor x Special Cause) and MIND OF MADNESS (Azamour x Sioduil). Eduardo Pedroza guided Victory Laurel to second place while Saleem Golam was at the helm of Mind of Madness.


Injaaz Stud’s ERRONEOUS (Footstepsinthesand x Atir Love) registered his fourth win when Champion Jockey Harry Bentley rode the 5yo to victory in the Class 3 seven furlong run. Trained by Jassim Mohammed Ghazali, the gelding finished half a length ahead of Mohammed Riyaz’s MAN AMONGST MEN (Holy Roman Emperor x Bankeres), with Marco Monteriso astride, while another Injaaz Stud gelding, SIR GUY PORTEOUS (Shamardal x Ermine And Velvet), completed the podium.


MOLHEB AL NAIF (Amer x Kesbah) bounced back from the only winless race of his short career so far with a comfortable win for trainer Yousef Bentaher. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Ahmed Al Thani owned colt had won his first two races before finishing midfield in the third a week ago. On Friday, Stephan Ladjadj, riding the 4yo for the first time, guided him to a comfortable win over Julian Smart’s TARAF (Burning Sand x Gethaabah), while Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s AJS AL RAYYAN (Amer x Mangaline Du Loup) was third.


MAGIE D’EAU (Majd Al Arab x Damasquina) continued with her fantastic season on Friday as the Umm Qarn filly picked up her second straight victory for trainer Alban de Mieulle. Jean Baptiste Hamel was at the helm of the 4yo yet again as she won the mile-long run, two weeks after shedding her maiden status over nine furlongs. She had begun her season with two second-place finishes in November 2016. Two Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari colts completed the top three, with AL FOUZ (Hatteen x Qadira De Faust), trained by Jassim Mohammed Ghazali, edging out half brother AL DOCTOR (Hatteen x Al Etlalah), schooled by Mohammed Jassim Ghazali, for the second spot.


HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned RAS ABROUQ (Malibu Moon x Bashful Bertie) registered his first career win when Richard Mullen rode the 4yo to a victory over a mile at the QREC turf. The Julian Smart schooled colt beat Mohammed Riyaz trained ATLANTIC SEA (Medicean x Hooplah), who had made a disappoint start in his season opener a week ago, for the win. Ibrahim Al Malki saddled NEUTRON BOMB (Lope de Vega x Neutrina) registered his fourth-straight top three finish with Eduardo Pedroza at the helm.


After 22 attempts, including five top three finishes, Ibrahim Al Malki schooled WEJDAN (Amer x Al Shahania Aseala) finally shed her maiden status over seven furlongs on Friday. Ridden by Eduardo Pedroza, Wejdan won the all-female race, finishing half a length ahead of Mubarak Al Khayarin trained FHATIMA (Akim De Ducor x Florihala), who was ridden to Pierantonio Convertino to her best finish in her short four-race career so far. Julian Smart’s LAWA’HAS (Munjiz x Magadir ASF) was third under Richard Mullen.


Ibrahim Al Malki schooled ADHAM (Dream Ahead x Leopard Creek) went one better than his last outing in November 2016, with Qatari jockey Abdulla Al Marri riding the colt to a close victory in the seven furlong race. Owned by Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi, Adham had made his Qatar debut in a Class 4 Handicap race three weeks ago. On Friday, the 3yo beat Zuhair Mohsen’s ward DARK LIGHT (Dark Angel x Spring View) by half a length. Marvin Suerland’s ride beat Hilal Kobeissi trained NORTHERN WATER (Pastoral Pursuits x Musical Twist), owned by Al Jasra Stud and helmed by Faleh Bughanaim, to the second spot.