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Harb gets back to winning ways in Al Uqda Local Thoroughbred Trophy

Harb gets back to winning ways in Al Uqda Local Thoroughbred Trophy

24-02-24
Mohamed Saad

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Less than a month ago, Al Rabban Racing’s Harb (QA) (Time Test x Poyle Jessica), won HE Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani Trophy, a Class 1 for Local Thoroughbreds over 1750m. He then finished fourth in the Al Rayyan Breeders Cup, another Class 1 over 2000m last week. On Saturday, 24th February 2024, he quickly got back to winning ways to take the Al Uqda Local Thoroughbred Trophy, a 1400m Class 2 open race for four-year-old and older horses, for trainer Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki and jockey Tomas Lukasek, who notched up a double on the day, having ridden the winner of the opener as well. The five-year-old bay gelding pulled away in the final strides to win the feature of the seven-race card meeting at Al Uqda by a length. The son of Time Test broke well from barrier 4 to hit the lead shortly after the start, but soon Khalifa bin Sheail l Kuwari’s Al Nasr Al Washeek (QA) (Toronado) along with Abdulatif Hussain M Z Al-Emadi’s Alwaad (QA) (Trade Storm) took the lead. However, just before the first bend, Al Jeryan Stud’s Al Buraq (QA) (Nathaniel), under a strong ride from Szczepan Mazur came with a dashing charge from the widest barrier (10) to take the lead and maintain it throughout out after that with Al Nasr Al Washeek just flanking him. The eventual winner, on the other hand, settled towards the rear of the pack as Tomas Lukasek looked confident, bidding his time for a decisive move at the right moment. The order of the pack remained unchanged with leading pair, Al Buraq and Al Nasr Al Washeek battling it out. In the home straight, it looked as if Al Buraq was on his way to give trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah a second winner on the day, but Marco Casamento asked Al Nasr Al Washeek for more and Julian Smart-trained five-year-old gelding responded well and found the extra gas to go head by heads with Al Buraq. While everyone was thinking who of the two would be the winner and it seemed that Al Nasr Al Washeek would do, Harb showed a brilliant turn of foot in the final 100m to close the gap between the leading pair and in a matter of a few seconds took the lead and won by a length in the final strides. Al Nasr Al Washeek finished second two lengths ahead of Al Buraq. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, presented the trophies to the winners

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Soufyan Al Shahania

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Thani’s Soufyan Al Shahania (QA) (TM Fred Texas x Soulta) confirmed his promising debut when he finished second earlier this month. The four-year-old gelding, at the second time of asking, went one more to win over the same distance (1400m) the Class 6 Local Purebred Arabian Maiden for four-to-six-year-olds by a length and a quarter for trainer Rudy Nerbonne and jockey Tomas Lukasek. The Umm Al Amad Stud-owned and Mohamed Khaled Elahmed-trained Injaaz Zakhir (QA) (Mared Al Sahra) finished second under jockey Mohcine Lafram. The Mohammed Ahmed S F Al-Hajri-owned and Dr. Fahad Salman F S Al-Hajri-trained Na'naah (QA) (Aziz ASF) finished further four lengths behind in third under jockey Mohammed Moussa.

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Broog

Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya’s Broog (FR) (AF AlBahar x Jade Du Paon) took the spoils in the Local 1400m Class 5 Purebred Arabian Novice for four-year-old and older horses, beating her nearest rival by half a length for trainer Mohammed Ghazali and jockey Arnaud De Lepine. The Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Malikah (FR) (Al Mourtajez) finished second under jockey Jefferson Smith. The Al Shahania Stud-owned and Rudy Nerbonne-trained Musandam (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau) finished two and a half lengths behind in third under jockey Tomas Lukasek.

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AJS Safwan

M.H.K Al Attiyah saddled the winner of the 1400m Class 5 Local Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 35-55, as jockey Mohammed Tabti partnered AJS Safwan (QA) (Battle of Marengo x Corsola) (5YO gelding), owned and bred by Al Jeryan Stud, to a one-length victory. The Al Thumama Racing-owned and Mohammed Hussain Afroz-trained Kyleiba At (QA) (Cable Bay) finished second under jockey Carlos Henrique. The Rashid Mohammed R A Alathba-owned and Bader Al Balushi-trained Nayer Bu Thaila (QA) (Gentle Lord) finished a further length and a quarter in third under jockey Mohammed Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik.

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Mitwaa

The 1400m Class 4 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-olds rated 65-85 saw the Nasser Saeed M S Al-Eida-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained Mitwaa (IRE) (Oasis Dream x Shimah) stay on strongly down the home straight under Marco Casamento to land the prize by half a length and grab his second straight victory. The Nibras Racing Syndicate-owned and Abdulla Al-Mulla-trained Allegorical (GB) (Study Of Man) finished second under jockey Ivan Rossi. The Khalifa Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Golden Trick (IRE) (Galileo Gold) finished only a further head behind in third under jockey Louis Nomis.

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Opera Legend

The Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani-owned Opera Legend (GB) (Night Of Thunder x Operettist) finished second over 1200m three weeks ago and went one better, this time over 1400m, winning the Class 4 Thoroughbred Graduation for four-year-old and older horses by half a length for trainer Hamad Al-Jehani and jockey Szczepan Mazur. The Injaaz Stud-owned and Julian Smart-trained Monapia (FR) (Harry Angel) finished second under jockey Marco Casamento. The Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Prince Nabeel (IRE) (Smooth Daddy) finished further one and a half lengths behind in third under jockey Jefferson Smith.

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Sayaad

It was a double on the card for trainer Gassim Ghazali and jockey Marco Casamento, completed in the 1400m Class 3 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 70-90 by the Al Ghazali Stud-owned Sayaad (FR) (Dahess x Al Shahania Aseala) who galloped three lengths clear of the field. The Al Rakaben Stud-owned and Dr. Fahad Salman F S Al-Hajri-trained Nadir (QA) (Nizam) finished second under jockey Jefferson Smith. The Ghazwan Racing-owned and Hadi Al Ramzani-trained Midrass (FR) (Amer) finished a further short head behind in third under jockey Szczepan Mazur.