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Townsend Manor continues winning ways with Ain Khaled Cup victory

Townsend Manor continues winning ways with Ain Khaled Cup victory

22-02-24
Mohamed Saad

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In the feature race of the Ain Khaled Cup day, the Al Rufaa Racing-owned Townsend Manor (GB) (Advertise x Fen Breeze) provided trainer Gassim Ghazali and jockey Marco Casamento with a good winner, landing the Class 2 Ain Khaled Cup for 3YO Thoroughbreds. It was the bay gelding’s third win in a row in four starts this year. The 1200m race saw nine runners heading to the starting gates. Breaking well from advantageous barrier 2, it was the Nasser Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned Greer (IRE) (Night Of Thunder) who almost immediately hit the lead and travelled next to the running rail. Hala Emaraaty (IRE) (Kodiac) followed him in second. Shortly, Ponga (IRE) (Acclamation) crossed all the way from the widest barrier to take the lead with Greer just behind him and Hala Emaraaty in third. The eventual winner was always very close to the leading pack, waiting to make his move. Things remained without much change as the field was almost tightly bunched together. The real race started 400m before the finish line with Townsend Manor responding well to Casamento’s urges to take the lead. In the meantime, Jungle Mate (IRE) (Bungle Inthejungle), in the colours of Saeed Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki, burst from the pack to challenge for the lead. However, Townsend Manor had already established a relatively wide margin in a couple of strides and went on to eventually land the spoils cosily by a length. Alberto Sanna got the Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki-owned to Jungle Mate to find more and accelerate further, but it was quite late to finish second having won the minor battle for the runner-up place. The Mohammed Ghazali-trained Greer finished the race strongly as well and was third, only a further quarter of a length behind, under jockey Faleh Bughanaim.

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Raed

Wathnan Racing’s Raed (FR) (Amer x Andarah) made it a perfect start to the evening and to his career to land the Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden for four-year-olds for trainer Alban de Mieulle, scoring on his debut. Over the 1500m trip Soufiane Saadi timed his ride to perfection to land the honours by half a length. The Ali Saeed Ali A Al Naimi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Belgaro (FR) finished a good second under jockey Faleh Bughanaim. The son of (AF AlBahar) has been knocking on the door as this was his third runner-up finish in a row in eight-career starts, so he should open his account soon. The Noora Racing Limited-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Jabal Tariq (FR) (Almas) finished further four and a half lengths behind in third under jockey Stephane Ladjadj.

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Footsteps In Qatar

The high-class day of racing continued with a Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap, raced over 1500m for four-year-old and older horses rated 50-70. It proved to be an exciting contest and it was the Al Thumama Racing-owned and Mohammed Hussain Afroz-trained Footsteps In Qatar (IRE) (Footstepsinthesand x Aerie) who got the win, by just a quarter of a length under a great ride from Carlos Henrique. The Abdulaziz Saleh M A Al-Otaibi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Dance Acclaim (IRE) (Acclamation) finished a close second under jockey Arnaud De Lepine. The Tameem Sultan Ghanim Al Hodaifi Al-Kuwari-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained Almoshahar (IRE) (Invincible Spirit) was further three and a half lengths behind in third under jockey Marco Casamento.

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Al Faisal

In the 1750m Class 5 Local Thoroughbred Novice for four-year-old and older horses, the Abdulatif Hussain M Z Al-Emadi-owned Al Faisal (QA) (Trade Storm x Farendole) continued his good efforts in his first season, gaining his second straight win for trainer Bader Al Balushi. The four-year-old gelding pulled away from the pack to score comfortably by two lengths, giving jockey Soufiane Saadi a second winner on the day. The Sabhea Awad Ibrahim-owned and Ibrahim Khaled Elahmed-trained Royalty (QA) (Migwar) was the runner up under jockey Szczepan Mazur. The Ali Abdul Aziz Jassim Al Boenain-owned and Zuhair Mohsen-trained Awaayid (QA) (Tribal Beat) finished further three lengths behind in third under jockey Stephane Ladjadj.

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Elighe De Zamaglia

Up next was the 1750m Class 5 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 50-70. This saw a thrilling finish with the Jassim Ali J M Bu-Karbal-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Elighe De Zamaglia (IT) (Lahoob x Elena De Zamaglia) landing the spoils by a head under jockey Louis Nomis, having prevailed in fine style, expertly holding off the fast-finishing Kera De Flauzins (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau). The Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari-owned and Julian Smart-trained good runner-up was ridden by Arnaud De Lepine. The Mohammed Khamis Eisa Al-Kaabi-owned and trained Moorawqe (QA) (Munjiz) was further two lengths behind under jockey Muanis Al Siyabi.

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Catch Up Effect

Another handicap soon followed, this time for four-year-old and older Thoroughbreds rated 55-75. Raced over 1750m this Class 5 gave us a real edge of your seat finish as the Al Shahania Stud-owned and Rudy Nerbonne-trained Catch Up Effect (FR) (Oasis Dream x Daana Qatar) kept on well to hold off the late charge from Mawhob (FR) (Zelzal). Jockey Saleh Faraj Al-Otaibi Mazur timing his ride to perfection for a neck-victory. The Al Shaqab Racing-owned and Jean de Mieulle-trained runner-up looks very close to his first vicotry and was ridden on the occasion by Faleh Bughanaim. It was a blanket finish of the race with the Falah Abdulla F A Al-Dosari-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Sayyal (IRE) (Shalaa) finishing only a further short head behind under jockey Arnaud De Lepine.

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Hardan

The Hamad Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani-trained and owned Hardan (QA) (Assy x Baldora De Brugere) was back on the winning trail, as he nosed ahead of AJS Haizum (QA) (AF AlBahar) in the closing stages of the 1750m Class 4 Local Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 65-85 to win by a nose under jockey Abdulla Rashid Al-Hajri. The Al Jeryan Stud-owned and M.H.K Al Attiyah-trained AJS Haizum (QA) (AF AlBahar) good runner-up was ridden by Szczepan Mazur. The Abdulaziz Saleh Al Jaber-owned and Hadi Al Ramzani-trained Habes (QA) (Harran ASF) was further three lengths behind in third under jockey Soufiane Saadi.

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El Chaco

Sharq Stud’s El Chaco (IRE) (Al Kazeem x Look At That) took the 1750m Class 4 Thoroughbred Handicap for 4YOs for four-year-old and older horses rated 65-85, going one better than his previous start, for trainer M. Al Sulaiti. Alberto Sanna was the man in the saddle for the one and a quarter length win. The Khalid Rashid G K Al-Mohannadi-owned and Rashid Al Jehani-trained Al Kharaitiyat (FR) (Toronado) finished second under jockey Muanis Al Siyabi. The Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained De Bruyne (GB) (Dutch Art) finished a further half a length behind in third under jockey Soufiane Saadi.

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Al Sij Al Sakab

In the day’s penultimate race, Jassim Hamad Al-Atteya saddled the winner of the 1200m Class 3 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated75-95, the Khalid Hamad M A Al-Atteya-owned Al Sij Al Sakab (QA) (T M Fred Texas x Gaza), with Szczepan Mazur doing the steering for a half-length victory. The Mubarak Ali M Al-Nuaimi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Kawaii D'Vialettes (FR) (AF AlBahar) finished runner-up under jockey Faleh Bughanaim. The Al Ghazali Stud-owned and Nasser Ghazali-trained Sha'alan (FR) (Amer) was further three lengths behind in third under jockey Marco Casamento.