HALUL ISLAND CUP (Local Thoroughbreds)
The Abdulhadi Mana Al Hajri-owned SALMAN BU THAILA (Cockney Rebel x Hvasavi) stepped up in distance just fine winning the 2400m turf feature in style under Carlo Fiocchi. Stefano Ibido’s ward had finished fourth up against this field in Ras Laffan Cup in November, but did well to beat Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki’s ASAAF (Aussie Rules x Feel), the winner then, on Thursday. Marvin Suerland rode Asaaf to second spot, five lengths ahead of the Mohammed Hussain Afroz=saddled ABSHER (Dr Fong x Braemar Games), ridden by Theo Bachelot.
THOROUGHBREDS (Fillies & Mares) (Class 2)
Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki had a second winner on the day when Eduardo Pedroza rode MANGO TANGO (Siyouni x Alexandrina) to an impressive victory in the penultimate race of the day. The win in the 2000m race on turf on Thursday was the third straight victory for Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi’s 5yo, who has been unbeaten this season in three outings. The Stefano Ibido-saddled CROARA (Exceed and Excel x Alleviate) went past the line three lengths and three quarters behind Mango Tango, but did enough, under Carlo Fiocchi, to edge out Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi’s SCUDDING (Mizzen Mast x Pearl In Sand) for second spot while the latter was third under JP Guillambert.
PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS
Khalifa Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Attiya’s DJELAMER (Amer x Djelana) picked up his first win in Qatar after notching up some impressive results in Europe over two summers. Stephan Ladjadj guided Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s 6yo ward to a comfortable two-length victory, even as the royal blue and white star silks of Al Shahania Stud and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani made it to second and third place. Carlo Fiocchi helmed Pierre Jehan Andre Deymonaz’s RASI (Mared Al Sahra x Dixie Darlene) to second place, while Theo Bachelot was astride Julian Colin Smart trained AALEY AL MAGAM (Amer x Abigaille) to third.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (75-95)
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s AL SHAMAN (War Front x Communique) stayed unbeaten in Qatar, registering his second straight win, this time even stepping up in distance to 2200m. Julian Colin Smart’s ward had won over 2000m under Theo Bachelot last month, and on Thursday, Bachelot helmed the French recruit again, guiding him to a two length victory with Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi’s CARIGRAD (Excelebration x Blissful Beat) and Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s Opera Baron (Equiano x Opera Dancer) in second and third, under Harry Bentley and JP Guillambert, respectively.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (80 & below)
Injaaz Stud’s MOAMAR made a winning debut in Qatar topping the 2000m run in a packed field on Thursday. Running his longest distance so far, Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi’s British recruit, a winner over a mile in Newcastle a year ago, helmed by Pierantonio Convertino finished three quarters of a length ahead of the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-saddled COULD BE (Sakhee x Catch Us), ridden by Eduardo Pedroza, at the line. This was Could Be’s third straight top three finish when a victory has been elusive. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s YAARMEN (Nayef x Haamaat) was third under Harry Bentley.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (85 & below)
The Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi-schooled ZAHWA (Aaber ASF x Mataleb ASF) has been on top of her game racing to her second victory this season on Thursday. This was her third outing this season, including a runner-up finish in the Oaks Trial. Harry Bentley guided the Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari-owned filly to an impressive three-length victory, with Mansoor Mesfer Al Hajri’s HADDAJ DUKHAN (Majd Al Arab x Gantra El Baraka), with Darren Williams astride, having to settle for a runner up spot for the fourth time this season. The Pierre Jehan Andre Deymonaz-schooled E’ZAAZ (Amer x Naama ASF), with Carlo Fiocchi in the saddle, made it to the third for third straight time.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (85 & below)
Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s DALEEM (Chelsea Manor x Queen Of The Keys) won the six furlong sprint on turf with ease on Thursday. Eduardo Pedroza guided the Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi-owned 7yo to a fine victory, going past the post a little under two lengths ahead of the competition. At the line, Daleem beat the Mohamed Rashid Seif Al Kuwari-trained AKRAM (Sea’s Legacy x Moaleema), ridden by Saleem Golam, while the Mohammed Hussain Afroz-saddled JAKOM (Agol Lack x Wyoming) completed the top three under Theo Bachelot.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (80 & below)
The Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani-saddled CHINA CLUB (Shamardal x Twyla Tharp) continued his run of impressive results this season with his second career win on Thursday. After shedding his maiden status on his 36th outing, the Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani-owned China Club had finished in the frame for three straight times coming into Thursday’s run. Under March Lerner, the 6yo finished three quarters of a length ahead of Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s MUNIRA EYES (Cape Blanco x Desert Sky), ridden by Eduardo Pedroza, while Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s HYDROXIDE (Lope De Vega x Craighall), helmed by Pierantonio Convertino, was third.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE (QATARI RIDERS ONLY)
After finishing a disappointing 11th in her last outing last month, the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained AL MALHOUFA (Mahabb x Al Jazeera) topped the six furlong event to register her second career win. Ridden by Khalid Abdulaziz Al Kuwari in the colours of Khalifa bin Sheail Al Kuwari, the 5yo, who had won the 2016 Oaks, beat Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi’s ward MUJAHIDAH (Hatteen x Assana D’Aroco), from the same owners, with Ali Khalid Al- Mosallam in the saddle, by a short head, while the Abdulaziz Hamad A A Al Marri-trained ZAKHIR AL MAJD (Kalbarq x Raleuse De Faust) was third under Rashid Ali Al-Marri.