Golam rides RAQEE to Al Shaqab Cup victory

Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi’s RAQEE (Mared Al Sahra x Cath) had finished behind the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained RASSAN (Amer x Sandytiki) in the C&D Doha Cup in November. On Wednesday, at the Al Rayyan Park’s dirt track, the 5yo edged out the Harry Bentley-helmed Rassan by half a length, under a fantastic ride by Saleem Golam in the six-furlong AL SHAQAB CUP sprint for local Purebred Arabians. Yet another runner from the stables of the champion trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi, ISTIBDAD (AF Albahar x Mari Chou), had to settle for third with JP Guillambert in the saddle.

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s MURAQABAH (Great Journey x Magic Kaldoun) may have shown promise last season, but a victory had eluded her. On Wednesday, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward followed up her credible third place finish in November with a fine victory under Harry Bentley in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (70-90). This was the mare’s third C&D victory.

The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained TAKE A NAP (Vocalised x Napping) had impressed with a victory on Qatar debut and then improving his strike rate around Al Rayyan Park with another victory on his third outing last month. On Wednesday, the 4yo was helmed to his third victory by Theo Bachelot, riding in the colours of Abdullah Mohammed Al Kuwari Sons, in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (85 & below).
Qatari apprentice rider Abdulla Saleh Al Yafei registered his first career victory with the Zuhair Mohasen Zuhair Maki-saddled AL MIKDAM (Myboycharlie x Kilfarasy) as his partner in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (QATARI RIDERS ONLY). The Saeed Mohammed Shafi Al Shafi-owned colt had shed his maiden status on his last outing last season and finished in the money in the first two runs this season. On Wednesday, the colt won by two and a quarter lengths at the post in the 1900m race.
The Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani-trained LAWLESS LOUIS (Equiano x Peace And Love) bounced back from two heavy defeats on turf with a thrilling win on dirt when the gelding topped the six-furlong THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (75 & below) on Wednesday. The 5yo was the second winner on the day for jockey Jean Baptiste Hamel, who helmed Lawless Louis to a victory with three quarters of a length to spare.
Despite some really credible efforts, including runner-up finishes, Al Jasra Stud’s MUSAITER BU THAILA (Elusive City x Pomme D’Amour) had stayed winless in 22 starts coming into Wednesday’s LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE. However, with Ivan Rossi in the saddle of the colt for the first time, the 6yo raced to a dominant win in the 1700m race with four and a quarter lengths to spare at the post.
The Rashid Mohammed Al Jehani-saddled SARMAD (Majd Al Arab x Al Zajel) made a winning debut to shed her maiden status in the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (4-6yos with no rating). The 5yo was helmed in the 1700m run by Jean Baptiste Hamel and the duo finished a length ahead of the rivals at the post.
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s MURIHK (Asraa Min Albarq x Baldora De Brugere) shed his maiden status on his second career outing for trainer Julian Colin Smart in the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (4 Year Olds) on Wednesday. In the 1700m run on dirt, Theo Bachelot helmed the colt to a comfortable victory with two lengths and a quarter to spare.