H.H SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN KHALIFA AL THANI TROPHY (GR 2)
The quartet of Leading Thoroughbred, Leading Owner, Champion Trainer and Champion Jockey combined well on Wednesday, as THE BLUE EYE (Dubawi x Soneva), trained by Jassim Mohammed Ghazali and ridden by Harry Bentley in the silks of Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari, edged out Umm Qarn’s MIGWAR (Sea The Stars x Katyusha) for a big win in the 2000m run. The win meant that 4yo Dubawi colt has remained unbeaten in Qatar in 2016, having won the Qatar Gold Trophy and HH The Emir’s Trophy (Gr1) among others. Migwar, who made his Qatar debut two weeks ago after respectable performances in France, finished second under Jean Baptiste Hamel, ahead of stablemate DUKE OF DUNDEE (Duke of Marmalade x Santa Louisia), ridden by Gaetan Faucon.
ASSY LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN CUP
Mohammed Jassim Ghazali trained AL MURABITOON (Af Albahar x Opale Du Croate) registered his first victory since his win in the HH The Emir’s Silver Sword in February 2015, when Pierantonio Convertino rode the 5yo to a fine win in the seven furlong run. Coming on to the final stretch, having steadily moved up the order on the outside on the bend, Convertino had his ride pick up pace with a little over a furlong to go and, by the time half brother ISTIBDAD (AF Albahar x Mari Chou) mounted a challenge, had already built a sizeable lead for a comfortable win. Ibrahim Al Malki’s MEQDAM AL ZAIDY (Al Mudaffar x El Modamerah) finished third.
JAAFER THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (81-95)
NAYEF DANCER (Nayef x Mara Dancer) raced to his second victory this year, when Adrie De Vries guided the 5yo to victory in a thriller of a race. The 2000m race saw Hussain Ali Bukanan’s Emaad and Al Shaqab Racing’s Baitha Alga taking the lead early on, even as Stefano Ibido’s ward stayed midfield. Coming on to the final stretch, the 16 horse field spread wide for a clear shot at victory. De Vries had his ride pick up pace a couple of hundred metres from the post, and found a gap through the field to surge ahead enough for a close win. CAMERAMAN (Rail Link x Photographic) and CRAFTED (Shamardal x Designed) completed the top three.
MARED AL SAHRA LOCAL THOROUGHBRED CLASSIFIED STAKES (85 & below)
TANJA BU THAILA (Namid x Dream Bee) bounced back from a disappointing result on her last run two weeks ago with a narrow win in the seven furlong run. The win was second on the day for jockey Adrie De Vries, with Stefano Ibido schooled filly, who had finished 10th on her last run, edging out Jassim Mohammed Ghazali’s MURAQABAH (Great Journey x Magic Kaldoun) for the top spot. Xavier Ziani guided AMMON (Sleeping Indian x Farmers Wish), schooled by Khaled Nasser Al Nuaimi, completed the top three.
AZIZ THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE
Majed Seifeddine saddled AL MUTANABI (Footstepsinthesand x Boragh Jamal), making his Qatar debut after respectable runs in France earlier this year, registered his first career win on Wednesday. Ridden by Darren Williams over six furlongs, the 3yo did well to finish almost two lengths ahead of second placed POET’S SONG (Poet’s Voice x Bee Eater), helmed by Tomas Lukasek for trainer Hadi Al Ramzani. Bustawi Ismail trained KRAFTWORK (Mastercraftsman x Paraphernalia) was edged to third place under Harry Bentley’s ride.
ASRAA MIN ALBARQ LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE
After missing out on her first career victory on two previous runs this season, AL ESHRAH (Majd Al Arab x Gold Label) shed her maiden status for trainer Mohammed Salama Ashour. Riding the 4yo filly for the first time, Adrie de Vries guided the bay horse to what also was owner Zakhir Stud’s first victory this season. Mohammed Hussain saddled TAHRI BAHA (Mared Al Sahra x Zamara) finished second on his debut, ahead of Umm Qarn’s debutants WISAM (Nizam x Zalzalah) and Adham.
DJENDEL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s MELK (Munjiz x Florihala) shed his maiden status on Qatar debut when Harry Bentley rode the 3yo to a handsome victory over a mile. Trained by Jassim Mohammed Ghazali, Melk finished three and a half lengths ahead of half brother CHANSON DU SOLEIL (Munjiz x Bengaliya), trained by Mohammed Riyaz, while Umm Qarn’s QAISER (Amer x Djelmila) was third, in his first run since his Qatar Derby Trial debut last year.