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Zamer impresses in Al Arish Cup

Zamer impresses in Al Arish Cup

08-02-24
Mohamed Saad
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The trainer-jockey combination of Rudy Nerbonne and Lukas Delozier were on the board following the feature event of the eight-race card meeting conducted on turf at Al Uqda Racecourse on Thursday, 8th February 2024. The French duo teamed up with Zamer (IT) (Nizam x Iviolada De Zamaglia) in the famous white and blue colours of the Al Shahania Stud to land the Al Arish Cup for, having prevailed cosily by two lengths and three quarters in the 1300m Class 2 Conditions for four-year-old and older Purebred Arabians. The Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Safi Al Zaman (FR) (AF AlBahar) finished second under jockey Jefferson Smith ahead of another two lengths and three quarters of the third placed, the Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al-Attiya-owned and Ahmed Kobeissi-trained Battash De Faust (FR) (AF AlBahar), who was ridden by jockey Soufiane Saadi. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners.

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Majeeb

The day kicked off with a win for trainer Alban de Mieulle and jockey Soufiane Saadi. The Wathnan Racing-owned Majeeb (FR) (Munjiz x Frasquitha) looked a class above his rivals after travelling strongly and kicked on impressively to win the 2100m Class 6 Maiden for four-year-old and older Purebred Arabians by two lengths and a quarter.

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Shwaimsah

Jean de Mieulle delivered a fine training performance to break the maiden tag of the Al Shaqab Racing’s Shwaimsah (FR) (Dahess x Nevadour Al Maury), in what looked a competitive Maiden for four-to-six-year-old Purebred Arabian fillies and mares. Olivier D’Andigne judged the ride to perfection to win 2100m Class 6 race three quarters of a length ahead of Kantate De Ghazal (FR) (Madjani).

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Tomorrownevercomes

A small field of three-year-old thoroughbred fillies went to the post in the 1400m Class 5 novice race, and the only maiden of the four fillies, the Al Azraq Stable-owned Tomorrownevercomes (IRE) (Holy Roman Emperor x Lexington Sky), was the one who came home the winner, finishing a length and three quarters ahead of her nearest rival, for trainer Bader Al Balushi and claimer Mohammed Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik.

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Mosayter

Jockey Jefferson Smith landed the 1400m Class 4 Handicap for four-year-old and older Local Thoroughbreds rated 40-60 at the halfway point of the afternoon. There would be no stopping the Abdulla bin Abdulmonem Mohammed Al-Ibrahim-owned Mosayter (QA) (Country Reel x Red Bravo) who powered away to win by two lengths for trainer Hadi Al Ramzani.

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Espirito

In the first division of the 1400m Handicap for four-year-old and older Thoroughbreds rated 60-80, Espirito (GB) (Charm Spirit x Mayfair Lady), carrying the colours of Al Thumama Racing, gave jockey Lukas Delozier and trainer Mohammed Hussain Afroz each a second winner to go with his one a day earlier. The four-year-old gelding looked to be a bit short of room turning for home, but Delozier always looked confident that he would get there down the straight and once they got going, there was no stopping them, to eventually win the Class 4 race by half a length ahead of Vega Star (GB) (Lope De Vega).

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Al Wakrah

A nail-biting finish saw the Sharq Stud-owned Al Wakrah (FR) (Al Wukair x Al Thakhira) just pull out enough to deny the Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik-owned Deliver The Dream (USA) Kantharos (USA) on the line. The pair had been in an excellent battle the whole way in the second division of the 1400m Class 4 Handicap for four-year-old and older Thoroughbreds rated 60-80, but it was M. Al Sulaiti-trained five-year-old mare, who prevailed by a head under Abdelkabir Benlarbi. The close six-year-gelding is trained by Debbie Mountain and was ridden on the occasion by Mohammed Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik.

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Nadir

A Handicap for five-year-old and older Purebred Arabians rated 75-95 was the penultimate race of the afternoon. Jockey Jefferson Smith had been in fine form and came home the winner once more aboard the Dr. Fahad Salma F S Al-Hajri-trained Nadir (QA) (Nizam x Muhjah), who took the 1400m Class 3 contest by a length and three quarters.