Injaaz Stud’s IZZTHATRIGHT (Moss Vale x Miss Adelaide) improved her strike rate around Al Rayyan Park even further on Thursday when the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained gelding won for the 21st time. In the MUAITHER CUP (Thoroughbreds), the 8yo was helmed by Theo Bachelot and the duo did well to snatch the five-furlong sprint by a length as another Ghazali ward, Abdullah Mohammed Al Kuwari & Sons’ TAKE A NAP (Vocalised x Napping), finished runner up under Harry Bentley. This was Izzthatright’s second victory in the event in the last three editions, having finished runner up last year. Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi’s MUNIRA EYES (Cape Blanco x Desert Sky), trained by Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki, completed the top three under Eduardo Pedroza.
H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s METHGAL (TM Fred Texas x Theeba) followed up his promising Qatar Derby last month with a fine win in the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (95 & below) on Thursday. Julian Colin Smart saddled colt had finished in the frame in Qatar Derby (Group 1 PA) last month under Tomas Lukasek, who was in the saddle of the 4yo once again. In the miler, Methgal won with two lengths to spare at the post for his first victory in Qatar.
Umm Qarn’s BIN GENERAL (General x Noorah) has only been impressive in his short career so far. The 5yo had two runner up finishes in his first two outings this season, including in a high-class Qatar Derby last month. On Thursday, the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle trained horse went one better for his third career victory, all of which have been under Ronan Thomas. In the 2200m PUREBRED ARABIAN GRADUATION PLATE, Bin General won by a length and three quarters as De Mieulle saddled his fourth winner of the day.
Qatar bred ENNAB (Munjiz x Areej) won for the first time this season on Thursday having featured only once in November. Ridden by Tomas Lukasek in the colours of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Julian Colin Smart’s ward hit the turf at Al Rayyan Park for the first time since December 2018 and did well to win the seven-furlong PUREBRED ARABIAN CLAIMING RACE (60-90) with two lengths to spare.
Umm Qarn’s DJAMIL (No Risk Al Maury x Al Dahma) led a one-two for trainer Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle on Thursday. In the mile long PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (4-6yo), Ronan Thomas helmed the 5yo for the third straight time. Having finished in the frame twice, on Thursday, the duo entered the winner’s circle for the first time in six outings, edging out Al Shaqab Racing’s Albasos by a neck.
After hitting the frame thrice with two forgettable finishes in between, Al Sakab Stud’s MIZOUN (Intense Focus x Champagne Fizz) finally entered the winner’s circle for the first time in her career on Thursday. With Brazilian rider Leo Salles in the saddle for the packed field LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE, Mohammed Hamad Al Attiya trained filly did enough to win the seven-furlong race by a length.
Umm Qarn’s AL KHARU (Atlantic Air x Dahaab) made a winning debut to her career on Thursday. Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle saddled filly had Soufiane Saadi for company in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3 Year Olds), and the two did well to pick up a fine win with two and a half lengths to spare. Osama Omer Al Dafea’s Al Hindi edged out Al Kharu’s stablemate Arkiyah to finish second in the six-furlong sprint.
Al Rabban Racing’s RS RASHEEDA (AF AlBahar x Agdalya) showed promise on her first two outings, finishing runner up each time over a mile. Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward stepped up marginally in trip to 1850m in the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (4-6yo Fillies & Mares) on Thursday and went one better in spectacular fashion. Under a fantastic ride by Ronan Thomas the 4yo went past the post a massive 12 lengths ahead of the competition.
Al Azraq Stable’s ANGELIC QUEEN (Anjaal x Candlelight) made a fantastic debut in Qatar on Thursday. Saddled by Mohammed Gassim Ghazali, the filly hit the Al Rayyan Park turf and shed her maiden status after moving from Ireland in August. Ridden by Champion Jockey Harry Bentley, the 3yo topped the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3 Year Olds) (Class 6), beating the competition in the six-furlong sprint by half a length.