The curtain fell on the 2018/2019 racing season this evening, Thursday, 25 April, at QREC Al Rayyan Park with the staging of a nine-race card on turf, including two feature races; namely Al Karana Cup and Al Jassasiya Cup.
AL KARANA CUP (Class 2 TB) (1600m)
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s THE BLUE EYE was a good winner of the Qatar Gold Trophy on his most recent start and again he made a bold bid to enhance his fine strike rate once more on Thursday as he landed Al Karana Cup winning the season’s finale. It was a remarkable day for the pair trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and jockey Theo Bachelot as they completed their record of five victories on the last race day of the season. They led the seven-year-old horse to a comfortable two and half length victory ahead of Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-trained Pazeer, who came second with Eduardo Pedroza in the saddle. The Alban Elie Marie de Mieulle-schooled Heshem was further one and three quarters of a length behind in third under Ronan Thomas.
AL JASSASIYA CUP (Local TB) (1400m)
Al Jerian Stud’s AL LUSAIL landed this race last year and has had the perfect preparation with a brace of victories in the last month or so and he looked primed for a very bold defence and he did. The Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani trained five-year-colt kept his title and won Al Jassasiya Cup for the second consecutive year. Ronan Thomas was the man in the saddle this year and steered the winner to a short-heard victory ahead of the Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki-trained Saar with Faleh Bughanaim astride. The Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim
Al Malki trained and the Anas Al Seyabi-ridden Nahaab completed the frame with further one and three quarters of a lengths behind.
THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2) (2400m) (1600m)
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s ALIGNEMENT have now fully acclimatised to his new surroundings in Doha, following a Conditions win with an excellent third in the Qatar Gold Trophy. This evening, the six-year-old gelding confirmed his class, adding to his tally when he won the 2400m race with three quarters of a length to spare, recording for each of his trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and his jockey Theo Bachelot their fourth win in the race meeting.
THOROUGHBREDS (Fillies & Mares) (Class 3) (1600m)
Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani’s CHE BELLA finally managed to have her name on the scoreboard this season when she won the one-long run for fillies and mares. While the terms of the race seemed against her, Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani was able to have all her rivals behind her and do well under Jean Baptiste Hamel to beat her closet rival by a nose.
PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & below) (1600m)
Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mahmoud’s AL NEKSH opened his account on dirt last month and has since added a brace of runner-up efforts from three outings. The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-saddled five-year-old horse doubled his tally when steered by Theo Bachelot to snatch victory in the mile-long run. It was a quick-double fire for the trainer and the jockey and their third on the day. It was also a one-two-three for trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi as he saddled the first three runners home.
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (85 & below) (1600m)
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s GANGLAND was back on the scoresheet in February and gave respectable efforts since. He was already a favourite in this race and he did manage to come on top and see off his rivals, making it a double for both his trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi and his jockey Theo Bachelot.
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (85 & below) (1600m)
Mohammed Ahmad Al Abdulmalik’s LOOK AT ME won a C&D Maiden Plate winner back in March 2018. Although he did not threaten to score in handicaps of late, the four-year-old gelding proved his merit this time, winning the mile-long handicap with the narrowest margins with Eduardo Pedroza, giving his trainer Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki his second win of the day.
PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (80 & below) (1200m)
Zakhir Stud’s AL ESHRAH bounced back when reverted to sprinting after a couple of quiet runs. The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali Jahromi-trained seven-year-old mare was a willing partner of jockey Theo Bachelot, who led her to one and a half-length victory in the six-furlong contest.
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6) (1600m)
Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani’s AL HAITHAM was the winner of the mile-long maiden. After he had been well held in 3 maidens this year, Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s charge appeared in top form Anas Al Seyabi to beat the competition by quarter of a length under. It was a one-two for both the owner and the trainer as AL GAZI was the runner-up.