Guillambert helms SAMJIDA to Dukhan Cup win

Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi saddled two winners on his first day of the season when Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s SAMJIDA (Majd Al Arab x CR Samborsta) won the Dukhan Cup for Purebred Arabians (Fillies & Mares) (4yo & older) under JP Guillambert at Al Rayyan Park’s dirt track on Thursday. In the 1700m feature run, the 8yo mare brushed aside a forgettable season opener in November with a memorable victory, two and three quarter lengths ahead of the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle-trained DABAAB (Munjiz x Haifaa), with Mathieu Pelletan in the saddle. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s CELESTE DE GHAZAL (Madjani x Citronnelle De Ghazal) completed the top three under Harry Bentley..

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s ASTLEY HALL (Dutch Art x Haigh Hall) has shown quality in the past even though his latest runs had left a lot to be desired. That changed on Thursday when the gelding emerged as the third winner on the day for champion trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi. Ridden by JP Guillambert in the 1000m sprint for Thoroughbreds (Class 2), the 6yo was comfortably ahead of the rivals at the post with two and a half lengths to spare.

Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s second winner on the day was Al Ghazali Stud’s AJS WATHANAN (Amer x Mangaline Du Loup), who registered his second victory this season when he won the Purebred Arabian Handicap (90 & below) with a comfortable four-length margin to spare. Marco Casamento was in the saddle for the 7yo gelding in the 1900m race.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s WOODKID (New Approach x Waldtraut) has never finished outside the top four in Qatar and the Julian Colin Smart-trained colt continued that run when he registered his first victory this season in the Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 4) (85 & below). Theo Bachelot rode the 5yo to a fine two-length victory in the 1700m race.

The Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi-trained COMRADE IN ARMS (War Front x Maryinsky) bounced back from a forgettable run over three weeks ago with a fantastic victory in the Thoroughbred Novice Plate (Class 6) under Saleem Golam on Thursday. The win, first in Qatar for the Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik-owned gelding, saw the 4yo go past the post almost five lengths ahead of the rivals in the 1900m run.

Having finished twice in frame this season, Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi’s ward, SAA’D (Burning Sand x Mataleb ASF), had shown ability coming into Thursday’s 1700m run on dirt. With Harry Bentley in the saddle, the Injaaz Stud’s colt finally shed his maiden status on his 14th attempt, topping the Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (Rated 70 & Below) with a neck to spare.

Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward HIGH HORSE (Dark Angel x Lady Alexander) opened well on his Qatar debut with a fourth place finish over the distance in November. On Thursday, the Injaaz Stud’s colt bounced back from a forgettable Al Rayyan Stakes outing two weeks ago for his maiden victory in the six-furlong Thoroughbred Maiden Plate (Class 6) run on dirt. Marco Casamento helmed the 3yo to a dominant five and a half-length victory.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Bin Thani Al Thani’s LA PERLA (Royal Applause x Wassailing) had shown intention over C&D in April 2018 with a fourth place finish. Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s ward had Jimmy Quinn in the saddle on Thursday and the duo picked up a fine one and a quarter length-victory in the six-furlong Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate (Div 2) on dirt.

Al Mugheerat Stud’s AL ASAA (Abide With Me x Piper’s Lass) was nearer last than first on her first two starts this season, but the Wasim Al Sahn-trained filly bounced back for a fantastic victory in the six-furlong Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate (Div. 1) with Qatari jockey Rashid Ali Al Marri in the saddle. The 4yo won by a neck at the post.