SHABBAB bounces back with the Late Abdulaziz Nasser Al Fuhaid Cup victory
The Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain-trained SHABBAB (Siyouni x Floride) was placed on the first two starts this season before disappointing over 2200m last month. The Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik-owned gelding, however, bounced back with a fantastic victory in the Late Abdulaziz Nasser Al Fuhaid Cup (Thoroughbreds, Class 2), the feature on dirt on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Helmed by Saleem Golam in the 1900m run, the 6yo gave little chance to his rivals as the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-schooled Opera Baron (Equiano x Opera Dancer), ridden by JP Guillambert, had to stay content with second place three and a half lengths behind while Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s Topsy Turvy (Pivotal x Helter Helter) completed the top three under Eduardo Pedroza.
Osama Omer Al Dafea’s AZIZ’NAFS (Munjiz x Nelka) had opened this season’s campaign with promise by finishing third over a mile. However, the gelding did little to impress post that. On Wednesday, with Ivan Rossi in the saddle, for the 6yo for the first time, the two combined well for the horse’s first victory in almost a year, topping the Purebred Arabian Handicap (90 & below). Rossi guided the gelding to one and a quarter-length victory in the 1700m run.
MIDSUMMER KNIGHT (Dream Ahead x High Spice) was the fourth winner on the day for Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi on Wednesday. Ridden by JP Guillambert in the colours of Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari, the gelding registered his first victory in Qatar since his move from the UK this season. The 4yo had opened with an in-frame finish in January before he was well held last month in a Handicap. On Wednesday, in the Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 3) (70-90), he raced to a fantastic four-length victory in the 1100m race.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwri’s DANEYAN (Shamardal x Dayita) registered his first victory in Qatar since his arrival from France last year. The 4yo, saddled by Champion Trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi, improved over his last outing when he finished within the frame under Harry Bentley. Partnering Bentley yet again, the colt topped the 1700m Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 3) (70-90) by comfortable two and three-quarter lengths for his second career win.
Meshaal Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s ALMIGDAM (Footstepsinthesand x Know) was expected to improve on his maiden and handicap success last month and the 4yo did not disappoint. The colt completed an impressive hat-trick in a span of a month on Wednesday. In the 1700m Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 4) (80 & below), Ronan Thomas was astride Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward yet again and the duo raced to a one length C&D victory with ease.
Qatari jockey Yousef Al Hajri raced his fourth winner of the season when he helmed the Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki-trained AL WATAN (Abide With Me x Watneya) to the colt’s first victory since April 2017. In the six-furlong Local Thoroughbred Handicap (80 & below), the Ali Bin Thamer Ali Al Mehshadi-owned colt picked up a fine one and a half-length victory beating the Jimmy Quinn-ridden Admiral at the post.
Umm Qarn’s DABAAB (Munjiz x Haifaa) has only impressed since her arrival from France this season and that run continued for Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s charge as the filly raced to her third victory in Qatar in a thrilling finish in the Purebred Arabian Graduation Plate. Ronan Thomas was in the saddle for the 5yo as she built on her fine run in the Group 1 at the HH The Amir Sword Festival last month to pick up a C&D victory in the 1700m race by a quarter of a length.
Running his shortest distance so far, Mansoor Ebrahim Al Mahmoud’s AL NEKSH (Amer x Redjila) raced to a close victory in the Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (4-6yo) on Wednesday. Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi’s ward stepped down in distance from a 2000m debut in Qatar and the move made proved successful as Stephan Ladjadj guided the 5yo to a three quarters of a length victory in the six-furlong sprint.
Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi’s NOMAS AL SHAJAA (AF Albahar x Balqees) brushed aside a forgettable run on his previous outing to shed his maiden status in the Local Purebred Arabian Novice Plate. The 5yo was helmed by Jimmy Quinn in the six-furlong run and the duo did enough around the dirt track at Al Rayyan Park to go past the post two and a quarter lengths to spare.