Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim had a one-two in the Qatar Cup, Wednesday’s feature at the Al Rayyan Park, with Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s SCUDDING (Mizzen Mast x Pearl In the Sand) topping the 1700m Thoroughbred Conditions event with ease. The 4yo had last won the Oaks Trial a year ago and had since taken minor honours. The winner, third on the day for jockey JP Guillambert and second for the trainer, passed the post one and a half lengths ahead of TEA LEAF (Bushranger x Boston Ivy), ridden by Marvin Suerland in the colours of Al Ghazali Stud. Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and Champion Jockey Harry Bentley combined for a third place finish on HILLSIDE DREAM (Dream Ahead x Knapton Hill).
Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s VICTORY LAUREL (Holy Roman Emperor x Special Cause) had held form in sprints at the end of last season and the gelding continued the run with a thrilling victory at the post with Anas Al Seyabi in the saddle in the 1100m contest for Thoroughbreds (Class 2). The 8yo edged out Abdulaziz Ali Al Kathiri’s Cristofano Allori by a neck as Seyabi registered his second victory of the day.
The Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-schooled TIJAN (Shamardal x Cherry Orchard) had shown versatility in terms of distance in the past and the gelding only reiterated it when Tomas Lukasek rode the Nasser Owaida Salem Al Hajri-owned 7yo to victory in the six-furlong Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 5) (75 & below). Tijan had won over 2000m and 1800m last season.
After striking for the first time midway through the last season in a maiden sprint, the Abdulla Sultan Ahmed Al Jabir-trained SANDAAN (Great Barrier Reef x Zingaresca) opened his season with a comfortable win in the Local Thoroughbred Handicap (75 & below). The victory, Faleh Bughanaim’s second on the day and this season, saw the 4yo colt ease to a one and a half-length victory in the 1700m run.
After squandering many opportunities earlier in his career, Al Jeryan Stud’s AJS AL RUWAIS (Amer x Nuance Al Maury) finally came good to top the Purebred Arabian Handicap (70 & below) for trainer Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani. The 5yo was the first winner of the season for Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim.
YAARMEN (Nayef x Haamaat) led a one-two for Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi in the Thoroughbred Graduation Plate (Class 5). In the 1900m run, JP Guillambert rode the Shaheen Bin Khalid Shaheen Al Ghanim’s gelding to victory ahead of the Harry Bentley-ridden Perigee.
The Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim-schooled SHAZA AL SULAIMI (Kalbarq x Qamar Al Hana) stepped up in distance over last week and went one better too to register her first career win in the Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (Fillies & Mares). Under JP Guillamber, riding in the colours of Jassim Mohammed Al Badi, the 5yo won the 1700m run with three quarters of a length in hand.
Umm Qarn’s debutant AKMAR (No Risk Al Maury x Safa) shed his maiden status on his first outing for trainer Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle with a victory in the six-furlong Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (3 Year Olds). The victory was jockey Ronan Thomas’ fourth this season.
The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained TAKE A NAP (Vocalised x Napping) won on his Qatar and dirt debut in dominant form in the Thoroughbred Maiden Plate (Class 6). The colt had run in Ireland before moving to Qatar and was ridden by JP Guillambert to victory in the six-furlong sprint.
Subaiya Awad Ibrahim’s KHAT AL NAR (Domestic Fund x Blackpool Mamma’s) went one better on C&D to land the six furlong Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate on Wednesday. Mohamed Khaled Elahmed’s ward opened the season with a runner-up finish in a handicap event last week and once again, under Anas Al Seyabi, registered his first victory in five career outings on Wednesday.