Umm Qarn’s AAHIL (Munjiz x Daniah) had finished second behind Al Naif Racing’s MOLHEB AL NAIF (Amer x Kesbah) last month. But Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward went one better this time round in fantastic fashion in Thursday’s H.H SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN KHALIFA AL THANI TROPHY (4yo & older Local PA) beating some top horses in the country for his sixth career victory. The 6yo had finished third over the mile long event last year but ensured a treble for trainer De Mieulle with Ronan Thomas guiding Aahil to a breezy three length victory. Harry Bentley ridden Molheb Al Naif, trained by Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, finished second for the second straight year in the event, beating Tomas Lukasek helmed AJS MOADDIE (AF AlBahar x Gabie De Carrere) for second by three quarters of a length.
Al Shaqab Racing’s AL NAAMA (Majd Al Arab x Entisar) put up a determined display in the H.H SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN KHALIFA AL THANI CUP (Gr2 PA) (4yo & older) on Thursday for her second straight victory Al Rayyan Park. In the mile long run, Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim had Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward take the lead four furlongs out going into the final bend. As the pace quickened on the home stretch, Tomas Lukasek ridden EBRAZ (Amer x Massamarie), trained by Julian Colin Smart for H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Umm Qarn’s TAYF (Amer x Djelmila), ridden by Ronan Thomas for De Mieulle, began their pursuit. However, Al Naama held on to her advantage going past the post one and a half lengths ahead of Ebraz, while Tayf was third by quarter of a length.
Umm Qarn’s JABALAH (Al Mamun Monlau x Kouthar) continued with his fantastic form around Al Rayyan Park with the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle trained 4yo was in the winner’s circle for the third straight time this season. The Group 1 PA Qatar Derby winner had Soufiane Saadi for company once again and the result was no different despite a huge step up in distance to the 2200m H.H SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN KHALIFA AL THANI SILVER CUP (4yo PA). Jabalah beat H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s MON’NIA (Amer x Margouia), ridden by Tomas Lukasek for trainer Julian Colin Smart, by two lengths and a quarter, while another Umm Qarn colt, JABIR (Al Mamun Monlau x Maleehah) completed the top three under Ronan Thomas.
Al Shahania Stud’s R B KINDLE (Burning Sand x Rich Kinkga) was left slightly wanting on her Doha debut a week ago, but Gassim Mohammad Ghazali saddled mare made amends on Thursday to notch her first victory in Qatar. Successful in the US, the 6yo entered the winner’s circle at Al Rayyan Park after topping the MAJD AL ARAB P/A SPRINTER CHAMPIONSHIP (Gr3 PA) (4yo & older) with Harry Bentley guiding her to a fine victory with two lengths and three quarters to spare.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s THE BLUE EYE (Dubawi x Soneva) may have missed out on victories narrowly on his two earlier outings this season, the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained superstar was in his elements in the UMM QARN TROPHY (THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2)). In the 2000m run on Thursday, the multiple Group 1 winner was given a fantastic ride by JP Guillambert for a head win over Eduardo Pedroza ridden Pazeer.
Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari’s ZAMHARER (Olympic Glory x Strawberrydaiquiri) had been out of depths in a couple of outings since his arrival from France. However, in the YASMEEN CUP (THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) 70-90), the 4yo did enough under Alexander Reznikov to win for the first time in Doha. Also, the colt was the second straight winner on the day for Mohammed Gassim Ghazali.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s MR DIAMOND (Bated Breath x Diamond Lass) registered his second straight victory on Thursday. Ridden by JP Guillambert in the CHARM SPIRIT CUP (THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) 70-90), just like on their last outing together last month, the seven furlong race saw the competition jostling for advantage closer to the post with Mohammed Gassim Ghazali’s ward winning by a short head.
Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s SEEYOUBYME (Siyouni x Peinted Song) had finished just outside top five in the 2000m Qatar Derby and stepped down to a mile on Thursday to register his second career win in three outings. Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain had made a winning debut under Ryan Curatolo and the jockey was back in the saddle for the gelding. In the VERY NICE NAME CUP (THOROUGHBRED GRADUATION PLATE (Class 5)), the duo beat Luca Maniezzi ridden Veranda by a neck.