MURAIKH CUP (Thoroughbreds: 96-115)
After five straight top five finishes, two of those this season, Jassim Mohammed Ghazali trained MY SHARONA (Dark Angel x Tanda Tula) raced to a victory in the Class 1 1100m sprint on Thursday. Jockey JP Guillambert helmed the Injaaz Stud owned mare for her third straight win on QREC dirt. My Sharona led a one-two in the feature with BLACK BEACH (Footstepsinthesand x Eraadaat) finishing two lengths behind under Harry Bentley’s ride, while Deborah Mountain saddled CHILWORTH ICON (Sixties Icon x Tamara Moon) completed the top three.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (F&M: 70 & below)
A superlative performance by PROTECT (Nayef x Top Romance) under Harry Bentley’s ride saw the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali schooled mare lead from pillar to post, to pick up her first victory in a year. Owned by Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Bin Hamad Al Attiya, Protect did come under some pressure from CUECA (Country Reel x Costa Packet), ridden by Tomas Lukasek, towards the business end of the 1800m run, but eventually pulled away to finish three lengths ahead for a fine win. ANGEL OF THE NIGHT (Footstepsinthesand x Princess Sabaah) was third under Alan Munro.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED PLATE (50-90)
On his third run this season, Injaaz Stud’s AL JAMAAHEER (Hockney x Inthemoodforlove) notched up his first win when Champion Jockey Harry Bentley rode the 5yo to victory in the 1700m run. While AL WASMIYA (Motivator x Sugarbush) and ZAHRAH (Maidaan x Areej) pushed the Mubarak Al Khayarin saddled gelding closer to the post, Bentley’s partner did enough to edge out the Al Wasmiyah Farm owned mare by a narrow margin, while Deborah Mountain saddled Zahrah was third.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Div 1: 70-80)
DRILLMASTER (Mizzen Mast x Despot) led a one-two for trainer Deborah Mountain when the 3yo won the Class 4 race ahead of stablemate ALSEFRA (Refuse To Bend x Tomoohat). While last week, the colt was pitched in far too deep in the Derby Trial, he had a handicap win prior to that on dirt. On Thursday, ridden by Alan Munro in the 1700m run, Drillmaster finished four lengths ahead, while PROTOCOL (Kodiac x Deportment) was third under Pierantonio Convertino’s ride.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Div 2: 70-80)
Coming into Thursday’s race, COULD BE (Sakhee x Catch Us) had not finished outside of top five for the last eight races. At the end of the Class 4 run, Ibrahim Al Malki’s ward not only kept the record intact, but in the process also won for the first time since April 2014, with Eduardo Pedroza riding the 6yo to victory in the 1700m run. DISCO INFERNO (Lawman x Pink Sovietstaia), who had led the race right till the last few metres under JP Guillambert’s ride, was edged out by a length to finish second, ahead of MAKINSON LANE (Acclamation x Subtle Affair), with Pierantonio Convertino astride.
PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (3yo only)
TANNOUREEN (Munjiz x Afghania) made a winning debut under Marco Monteriso’s ride winning the 1200m run for trainer Dr. Mohammed Rashid Al Marri. The filly finished three lengths ahead of Mubarak Al Khayarin saddled UDAI AL WAJBA (Hatteen x Istoora), who posted his best finish in his short five-race career. Adnan Hawa guided Hassan Al Matwi’s colt IBN MAERL AL NAIF (Maerl Du Cassou x Fleur De France) to third spot.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (46-60)
DOMINIC CORK (Zebedee x Giusina Mia) was a winner for the first time in over two years when the Zuhair Mohsen’s ward was ridden to victory by Marvin Suerland in the six furlong run. The win was also the 4yo’s first in Doha. The gelding finished two and a half lengths ahead of Mohammed Riyaz schooled FREDDIE FREELOADER (Zoffany x Spinning Wings), who improved well over his 12th place finish over a mile last week, while Majed Seifeddine saddled DANDY STAR (Dandy Man x Mount Street) was third.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE
AL YEM (AF Albahar x Mahboobah ASF) had been steadily improving over his last three outings on dirt this season, and on Thursday, the 5yo finally capped it all up with a win in the six furlong sprint for trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali. Ridden by JP Guillambert the gelding finished an impressive six lengths ahead of his rivals for his first win. TASABEEH AL HANA (AF AlBahar x Tatiana Letoise) and SAAB AL MANAL (Hatteen x Al Naamah) were ridden to second and third place finishes by jockeys Alan Munro and Harry Bentley respectively.