QATAR DERBY (GR 1) (3YO THOROUGHBREDS)
Italian-bred MAC MAHON’S (Ramonti x Miss Sultin) stunning run on the home stretch meant that the colours of Takaya Shimakawa emerged victorious in the 2000m Group 1 feature at the QREC on Saturday. Jockey Dario Vargiu had the Italian Derby winner stay on the rails coming off Gate 1 even as the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-trained Perfect Storm set the pace up ahead under Michael Cadeddu, with German runner Parviz not too far behind. Another Al Malki ward PAZEER (Siyouni x Parandeh) and PARVIZ (Lope De Vega x Sur Choi) upped their pace going on to the final stretch, even as the Alduino Botti-saddled Mac Mahon found a gap coming off the bend and made his way up on the outside. The Eduardo Pedroza-ridden Pazeer held a slight advantage, but Mac Mahon went past the last 100 metres out and past the line a little over two lengths ahead of Pazeer while Parviz held on for third under Marc Lerner.
QATAR DERBY (GR2 PA) (4YO)
Umm Qarn’s YAZEED (Munjiz x Al Dahma) won a thrilling contest with rival Ebraz for the second straight time this year. On Saturday, with Olivier Peslier astride, Yazeed found traffic coming off the final bend in the 2000m race, even as H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s EBRAZ (Amer x Massamarie), ridden by Theo Bachelot for Julian Colin Smart, picked up pace up front having taken the advantage coming up wide. However, a furlong out, the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle-schooled Yazeed was galloping alongside Ebraz and the two were eventually separated by a short head at the line with Yazeed adding the Derby to his Guineas victory this season. Another Smart ward, SHABIH ALREEH (Jaafer ASF x Queen Kong), was third under Carlo Fiocchi’s ride.
QATAR DERBY (GR3 PA) (3YO)
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s EASTER DE FAUST (Mahabb (AE) x Ayisha De Faust) was an impressive winner in the miler on her Qatar debut with Champion Jockey Harry Bentley riding the 3yo to a scintillating win on Saturday. Dropping back in distance from her last victory in France, the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained filly stayed on the heels of early leader AL DAWOODEA (Nizam x Marido), ridden by Faleh Bughanaim in Al Shaqab silks, but took off coming off the final bend. Even as Umm Qarn’s AL KABEER (No Risk Al Maury x Al Dahma), ridden by Stephan Ladjadj, mounted a pursuit in the final furlong, it wasn’t enough as Easter De Faust was across the line three and a quarter lengths ahead of Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward, Al Kabeer, while the Hossin Mohammad Ashour-trained Al Dawoodea held on for third.
QATAR DERBY (3YO LOCAL THOROUGHBREDS)
Running his longest distance so far, Umm Qarn’s JALMOUD (Atlantic Air x Al Basmah) bagged the big one for local Thoroughbreds in style. Helmed by Jean Baptiste Hamel for Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle, the colt had opened the season with a fifth place after winning over a mile in his last outing last season, but on Saturday, he went up ahead coming off Gate 1, and surged forward on the home stretch and stayed the course for a fine win. Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim guided Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s AL LUSAIL (Footstepsinthesand x Gooey) to third, while Abdulla Sultan Ahmed Al Jabir’s SANDAAN (Great Barrier Reef x Zingaresca) was third under Theo Bachelot.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN PLATE (3 YEAR OLDS)
Marc Lerner was astride RAQEE (Mared Al Sahra x Cath) once again as Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi’s charge continued with his impressive form, winning the mile long run on Saturday. Lerner had earlier guided the 3yo to two wins and a runner-up finish this season and the two did well holding a slight advantage on the back straight and then pulling away with ease on the home stretch. They finished a little over two lengths ahead of the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained and Harry Bentley-ridden SAA’D (Burning Sand x Mataleb ASF), while the Hossin Mohammad Ashour-schooled ARBED (Mared Al Sahra x Tahadi), under Theo Bachelot, completed the top three.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 3) (75-95)
Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi’s ward SIR GUY PORTEOUS (Shamardal x Ermine And Velvet) notched a hat-trick of wins this season as Harry Bentley, riding in the Injaaz Stud silks, guided the gelding to a fine win in the seven-furlong run. Both the 6yo’s wins this season coming into Saturday’s race were over a mile. However, he did well to finish three quarters of a length ahead of the Stefano Ibido-saddled WAR ORDER (War Front x Shades of Grace), ridden by Carlo Fiocchi, while SECOND LIFE (Dubawi x Dubai Smile) made it third under Vaclav Janacek for Hossin Mohammad Ashour.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (80 & BELOW)
Osama Omer Al Dafea’s SHIDAD (Atlantic Air x Phone The Diva) may have had a disappointing run over the course and distance when the 4yo opened the season over a mile for the Al Wukair Cup, but Saturday was different. Gerald Avranche guided the colt to a comfortable win as the duo crossed the line a little over a length ahead of the rivals. This was Shidad’s second victory this season. Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki’s AL WATAN (Abide With Me x Watneya), under Marvin Suerland, and Majed Mahadi Seifeddine’s AL AYYAR (Domestic Fund x Ishrah), under Darren Williams, finished second and third respectively.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (CLASS 6)
A month after making it to the frame on his debut, Theo Bachelot helmed H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s OFF HE GOES (Casino Prince x Perfectly Stunning) to his first career win. Julian Colin Smart’s ward was a pleasing third in a dirt maiden over 2000m, but on Saturday, the 3yo did well to go past the line a length ahead of the field. Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani’s RICH HISTORY (Dubawi x Polished Gem), who had finished runner up on his last outing earlier this month, finished second, yet again under Marc Lerner, while Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki’s AL MIKDAM (Myboycharlie x Kilfarasy), ridden by Gerald Avranche, was third.
LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE (QATARI RIDERS ONLY)
Jockey Ali Khalid Al Mosallam won the 1850m race on turf astride the Julian Colin Smart-trained HAGWA (Burning Sand x Mataleb ASF). The mare, who had come close on many occasions since her first win in March 2016, won the race in style, finishing a handsome five and a half lengths ahead of Abdulaziz Hamad Al Marri’s Zakhir Al Majd (Kalbarq x Raleuse De Faust), with Rashid Ali Al Marri astride while Hossin Mohammad Ashour’s AL RAFEAA (Amer x Oyat De Brugere) was third under Abdulla Hozam Al Marri.