Zakadir opens account with Al Judhay Cup25-01-24
The Wathnan Racing-owned Zakadir (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau x Al Dahma), on Qatar debut, opened his account and landed the Al Judhay Cup, having prevailed comfortably in the feature event of the seven-card race meeting held on turf at Al Uqda Racecourse on Thursday, 25th January 2024. It was also the four-year-old colt third career start, who finished second for trainer D. Guillemin on his previous start, which was run over 2000m at San Sebastian, Spain in August. Having changed hands, he produced a perfect debut for trainer Alban de Mieulle at Al Uqda. Under jockey Soufiane Saadi, he won the 2100m Class 6 Purebred Arabian Premium Maiden for four-to-six-year-olds comfortably by two lengths. The Dhafi Rashid H A Al-Marri-owned and Yousef Ben Taher-trained Djedahess (FR) (Dahess) finished second under jockey Stephane Ladjadj. The Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari-owned and Julian Smart-trained Al Mustafiz (FR) (Assy) finished further two lengths and a quarter behind in third under jockey Saleh Salem Al Marri. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners
Hamad Al-Jehani got off to a flying start in the first race of the day. He trained the decisive winner Glazunov (GB) (Frankel x Raymonda), who won the 2,100m Class 6 Thoroughbred Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds, having put four lengths between him and his nearest rival. Tomas Lukasek gave a great ride aboard the four-year-old colt owned by Al Fakhama Racing.
The Hassan Bin Ali Hassan Al Matwi-owned Burkan Zakhir (QA) (La Hoor x Naamah) scored for the second time on his seventh start this season when taking victory in the 1,400m Class 6 Local Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-olds and older horses rated 45-65. Under jockey Saleh Faraj Al-Otaibi, the Mohammed Hassan Al Matwi-trained four-year-old colt streaked clear of the field to win by very comfortable three lengths.
In the 1,400m Class 5 Purebred Arabian Novice Plate for four-year-olds and older, RM Wadha (QA) (Mared Al Sahra x Shaheqah Al Khalediah) provided owner Mohammed Rashid Abdullah Al Naimi and trainer Hadi Al Ramzani with a winner on the day. Jockey Jefferson Smith had to get serious on the five-year-old mare and she responded well in a tight finish, prevailing over Dergham Al Meydan (QA) by a neck. The runner-up, son of AF AlBahar, is owned and trained by Osama Omer E Al-Dafea and was ridden by Szczepan Mazur. The Mohammed Khalifa T R Al-Sowaidi-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Ramrod PY (FR) (Mu'azzaz) completed the frame as he was a further quarter of a length behind in third under jockey Alberto Sanna.
Kay De Ghazal
Another tight finish went the way of the Al Shahania Stud-owned Kay De Ghazal (FR) (Dahess x Kaoe De Ghazal) in the 1,400m Class 4 Pure Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 65-85. Under jockey Lukas Delozier, the five-year-old gelding continued his good efforts and bounced back to winning way, coming with a late surge to pip AJS Haizum (QA) (AF AlBahar) by a neck for trainer Rudy Nerbonne. The six-year-old runner-up is owned by Al Jeryan Stud and trained by M.H.K Al Attiyah was ridden by Szczepan Mazur.
The Nasser Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned Greer (IRE) (Night Of Thunder x Rawaaq) made a promising Qatar debut on his third career start when he finished third over a mile at Al Rayyan last week. The bay colt confirmed that promise as he prevailed in a head-to-head battle for the 1,400m Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap three-year-olds rated 70-90 for trainer Mohammed Ghazali with jockey Ivan Rossi in the saddle, just fighting off the challenge of Aafoor (USA) (Qurbaan) to win by a short head. The Al Jeryan Stud-owned runner-up provided trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah and Szczepan Mazur with another very close second place on the day. Both the winner and the runner-up were finished far in front away from the field.
In the penultimate race of the day, trainer Gassim Ghazali took the 1,400m Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 70-90 with Bolt Action (IRE) (Kessaar x Tisa River), ridden by Stephane Ladjadj. The four-year-old colt produced a flying finish to take the race by a length and a quarter for owners Injaaz Stud.