In a dominant show, Umm Qarn’s DABAAB (Munjiz x Haifaa) continued impressing at the Al Rayyan Park when the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle-saddled 6yo topped the DUKHAN CUP (4yo & older PA Fillies & Mares) at the dirt track on Thursday. In the 1700m run, Ronan Thomas guided the mare to her first victory this season, having finished in the top three on her other two outings since October. Dabaab won with eight lengths and a quarter to spare, with Alexander Reznikov riding Al Jeryan Stud’s AJS JAMRA (AF AlBahar x Mangaline Du Loup), saddled by Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani, finishing runner up for her second straight outing. Jassim Bin Ali Al Attiyah’s NAIMA (TM Fred Texas x Al Zubarah) was third for trainer Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi under Ivan Rossi.
In his last outing in November, Injaaz Stud’s IZZTHATRIGHT (Moss Vale x Miss Adelaide) had finished outside the top five for the first time since April 2016. Champion Trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali schooled gelding bounced back on Thursday with a trip to the winner’s circle under Jamie Spencer. In the THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2), a five-furlong sprint, the 8yo picked up a fine win over JP Guillambert ridden Receding Waves by a length and three quarters. It was the gelding’s 20th career victory.
Umm Qarn’s SEALINE (Amer x Jaljalah) kept his winning record on dirt intact on Thursday. In the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & below), Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s ward had Ronan Thomas in the saddle, and the 6yo did well to edge out Ivan Rossi ridden Aneeq by a neck at the post in what was the longest race of his career at 1900m. The Amer colt has never finished outside the top, and only improved his strike rate to win for the fourth time in six outings.
Al Jeryan Stud’s THIERRY (Finjaan x Tinnarinka) bounced back from a forgettable handicap run last week to enter the winner’s circle for the first time since arriving in Qatar. Four-time winner in France, the 4yo had a mixed bag of results around Al Rayyan Park but found his rhythm on dirt with Alexander Reznikov riding the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani saddled gelding. In the 1700m THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (85 & below) run, Thierry won by a close quarter of a length at the post.
Injaaz Stud’s SHAKOUR (Declaration Of War x Another Storm) brushed aside a couple of disappointing runs at the start of this season to register his first win in Qatar on Thursday. In the THOROUGHBRED NOVICE PLATE (Class 6), the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained horse had Jamie Spencer for company and the two did enough to win the 1900m race with a length and a quarter to spare. It was the 5yo’s first win since April of 2018.
Khalifa Mohamed Khalifa Abdullah Al Attiyah’s HATHLOOL (Jaafer ASF x Djeldora) won the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Rated 70 & Below) on dirt on Thursday in thrilling fashion. In the 1700m race, ridden by Alexander Reznikov for the first time, the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani schooled 5yo edged out Julian Colin Smart trained Satam by a head at the post.
Saeed Nasser Al Qadi’s ZARANDI (Scat Daddy x Zaralanta) made good on his promise that he showed on his Qatar debut last month when he finished runner up. On Thursday, Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani’s ward had Carlos Henrique for company for only the second time, and the 4yo did well under a fantastic ride to go past the post two and a half lengths ahead of the competition in the six furlong THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6).
Qatari jockey Meteb Ali Al Marri rode his fifth winner of the season in the opening race of the first race meeting of the calendar year on Thursday. In the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE, the apprentice rider was astride Rashid Ali Mohammed Al Saaq Al Marri’s DALAL AL BROOQ (Prospector’s Treat x Lip Gloss), and the two did well to bounce back from a forgettable handicap outing in November for a dominant five lengths and a quarter victory over six furlongs.