Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s RASSAN shines in Al Shaqab Cup

He may have lost to them the last time round, but Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s RASSAN (Amer x Sandytiki) made amends in Wednesday’s dirt feature to win a thriller at the QREC. Schooled by Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi, Rassan had finished behind Al Jeryan Stud’s AJS Al Rayyan and H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Aaley Al Magam last month. This time in the 2000m run, Rassan showed pace in a

determined finish that saw him take a slight advantage over the Julian Colin Smart-trained AALEY AL MAGAM (Amer x Abigaille), helmed by Theo Bachelot, on the home stretch and then holding on by a short head for a fine win. Umm Qarn’s DAMAS (Mugadir x Kunooz) rounded up the top three for Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle and jockey Jean Baptiste Hamel.

Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s WAEED (Domestic Fund x Wasmi) had shown intent on return this season with a finish in the frame over C&D last month. On Wednesday, the 6yo topped the six-furlong sprint with two lengths to spare under Vaclav Janacek’s ride. Owned by Rashid Bin Mubarak Aljafali Al Naimi, the gelding finished ahead of the Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle-trained MUTAWASSAL (Elusive City x Lillibits), owned by Patrice Alexandre Nicolet and ridden by Jean Baptiste Hamel, while Mohamed Rashid Seif Al Kuwari’s AKRAM (Sea’s Legacy x Moaleema), under Harry Bentley, had to settle for third half a length behind.

Injaaz Stud’s second winner of the day was MIDAAWI (Kodiac x Cuca Vela), who continued his impressive form this season with his second win from four runs. Saddled by Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi, the gelding had won his season opener in November over C&D before finishing in the top three in the next two outings. On Wednesday, under Harry Bentley, the 4yo beat the Said Khamis Al Mutani-trained and Jean Baptiste Hamel-ridden ROCK UP (Kheleyf x Kissing Time) by a length for the win, while Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani’s POET’S SONG (Poet’s Voice x Bee Eater), under Faleh Bughanaim, made it to the frame for the sixth straight time this season.

Injaaz Stud’s MOAMAR (Sepoy x Palitana) stayed unbeaten in Qatar with a fine win in the 1900m run on dirt on Wednesday. The gelding had won on his Qatar debut two weeks ago on turf, and the change in surface proved little trouble for the 4yo, who has now won three of his four starts since January 2017. Champion Jockey Harry Bentley guided Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi’s ward to a three quarters of a length victory over Hossin Mohammad Ashour trained DHEBAN (Exceed And Excel x Comeback Queen), while Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain’s ALIZOOM (Invincible Spirit x Lady Springbank) completed the top three under Faleh Bughanaim.

THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (75 & below)
The Hassan Ali Abdulmalik-owned Black Orange (Pastoral Pursuits x Mrs Snaffles) won his handicap debut bouncing back from a midfield finish on his last outing last month. The colt had impressed on his debut last month finishing second in a 1200m sprint on turf, but had to settle for sixth over seven furlongs. Ridden by Carlo Fiocchi for the first time on Wednesday, Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain’s ward showed pace on the home stretch finishing with two and a half lengths to spare in the six-furlong sprint. Injaaz Stud’s TOWN CRIER (Acclamation x Miss Dela) couldn’t make it two-in-two over C&D, settling for second, for trainer Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi and jockey Harry Bentley, by edging out the Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani-trained CHINA CLUB (Shamardal x Twyla Tharp), under Marc Lerner, by a quarter of a length.

WOODKID (New Approach x Waldtraut) was the second Julian Colin Smart-trained horse to shed maiden status on the day with the H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned colt registering his first career victory on his third Qatar outing. The 4yo had finished second on his Qatar debut on dirt in a six-furlong sprint, but on Wednesday, he did enough to edge out the Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani-trained RICH HISTORY (Dubawi x Polished Gem), ridden by Marc Lerner, by a neck at the line, picking up a win under Theo Bachelot. The top two were in a league of their own, as the rest of the competition were far behind, with third placed, the Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki-trained, AL MIKDAM (Myboycharlie x Kilfarasy) finishing eight lengths behind under Marvin Suerland.

PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Fillies & Mares) (4yo-6yo)
Zakhir Stud’s DIJLAH ZAKHIR (Munahis x Marikitah) had shown intent finishing second on C&D last time round. On Wednesday, Marc Lerner guided Mohammed Salama Salim Ashour’s charge to a comfortable victory in the 1700m run on dirt to register her first career win in four starts. The 4yo had finished runner up to Saher Elleil Al Sulaimi a week ago, but went better this time round, finishing two lengths and three quarters ahead of Julian Colin Smart’s DEEBAJ (Amer x Obe De Ghazal), helmed by Theo Bachelot while Umm Qarn’s HAREEMAH (Nizam x Al Hanooof), trained by Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle, rounded up the top three under Jean Baptiste Hamel.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s STELAH (Mahabb x Frasquitha) had no problem with a step up in distance, shedding her maiden status in the 1700m card opener in style. The Julian Colin Smart-trained filly had finished midfield in a six-furlong maiden sprint in November, but did well on Wednesday, to brush aside any challenge going past the line a little over seven lengths ahead of the competition under Theo Bachelot. Umm Qarn’s MARAAM (General x Moonlit) was second under Stephan Ladjadj for Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle, while Mohammed Jassim Ghazali Jahromi’s ward, JETHJATH (Azadi x Ajdabya), ridden by JP Guillambert, had to settle for third by a neck.