Injaaz Stud’s WAYSIDE FLOWER retains Al Ghariya Cup

Injaaz Stud’s WAYSIDE FLOWER (Shamardal x Umseyat) landed the AL GHARIYA CUP for Thoroughbreds fillies and mares for the second straight season on the Al Rayyan Park turf on Thursday. Saddled by Champion Trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, the filly, with Luca Maniezzi in the saddle, was on to the job from the word go in the seven furlong run as she held on to her narrow lead throughout to go past the post one and a half lengths ahead of Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s MUALAH (Camelot x Aqua Aura), ridden by Anas al-Seyabi for trainer Mohammed Gassim Ghazali. Another ward of the Champion Trainer, FESTIVE (Literato x Path Of Life) rounded up the top three under JP Guillambert. The win was third on the day for Ghazali.

Second winner on the day for both trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali and jockey JP Guillambert was Meshaal Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s AL HARETH (Seas Legacy x Subya). The 8yo has an excellent strike rate in Qatar and that only improved for the horse when he registered his 20th career victory from 35 outings winning the LOCAL THOROUGHBREDS. With a slight advantage in the final 100m, Guillambert and the connections must have had a scare with Al Moatasem Al Balushi ridden Abha coming in threateningly close, but the latter had to settle for second.

Osama Omer Al Dafea’s EVOLUTION DU CROATE (Dahess x Salsa Du Croate) registered his second win this calendar year when the colt edged out the competition in a thrilling finish to win the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & below). The 5yo, helmed by Anas Al Seyabi, followed Soufiane Saadi ridden Diese before making the move on the final bend in the miler. The pace quickened on the home straight and Evolution Du Croate was able to hold on even as Al Neksh finished second by a head under JP Guillambert.

Runner-up in a Group 2 and fifth in a Group 1 in his native France, Umm Qarn’s AL HAZM (Al Mamun Monlau x Al Anood) was always going to be the one to beat in the PUREBRED ARABIAN PLATE (3 Year Olds), and Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward did not disappoint winning the miler with two lengths and a quarter to spare on Thursday. Ridden by Soufiane Saadi on the colt’s Qatar debut, Al Hazm led for the bulk of the race before earning De Mieulle his first winner of the season.

Subaiya Awad Ibrahim’s SARMAD BU THAILA (Soviet Secret x Appleby) made a fantastic comeback from a forgettable outing on his last run in the previous season when the gelding topped the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (70-90) in comfortable fashion. In the miler, Ryan Curatolo had the 5yo go past early leader Look At Me on the home straight and then build the advantage, going past the post with two and a half lengths to spare for the horse’s first win since February 2018.

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s NOBLE MASTERPIECE (Dutch Art x Elysian) had finished in the frame in seven of his past 10 runs, including two wins, coming into Thursday’s THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90). In the six furlong sprint, the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali charge had little trouble to stay ahead of the competition when the business end approached, and under JP Guillambert, the gelding registered his fourth career victory.

Dr Ahmed Mohd Hasan Al Sulaiti & Sons’ MAJHOOL AL ZAEEM (Hockney x Lady Jameela) went one better than his last outing over C&D to register his maiden victory on his 16th career outing. With Ryan Curatolo in the saddle, the Ahmad Mohamad Kobeissi-schooled 4yo put up a fantastic duel in the closing stages of the mile long LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE with Al Jeryan Stud’s Lawainah, ridden by Soufiane Saadi. The Kobeissi charge edged out Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s ward by a neck to shed his maiden status.

IFREET (Toronado x Bella Varenna) had never finished outside the frame when trained in the UK. On Thursday, having dropped the distance to six furlongs for the first time in his career, the 3yo was ridden to a spectacular victory in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3 Year Olds) by Luca Maniezzi in the colours of Abdulhadi Mana Al Hajri. Saddle by Stefano Ibido, the colt finished almost nine lengths ahead of the competition on his Qatar debut.