Al Harqah wins Al Waab Cup2024-01-12
In the feature race of the race meeting conducted on turf at Al Uqda Racecourse on Thursday, 11th January 2024, owner/trainer Alanoud Khalifa A A Al-Malki took the victory with Al Harqah (QA) (Storm Account x Adventuress) winning the Al Waab Cup, a Class 3 Local Thoroughbred Handicap (50-70) for four-year-olds and older. Ridden by Carlos Henrique, the 8YO mare responded nicely when asked for an extra effort in the final strides and quickened up well to land the spoils.
Fourteen runners took part in the 1400m race and the eventual winner broke from gate 8. While several runners were leading or close to the leaders throughout, Al Harqah captured the attention only in the concluding metres of the home straight, but once she did, she simply clinched victory. It was Hallab (QA) (Trade Storm), who took the lead shortly after the start and was immediately followed by Al Nasr Al Washeek (QA) (Toronado) from inside. Bab Al Rayyan (QA) (Mayson) followed them just after the 1000m mark. The middle stages of the race saw the leader exchange their positions. Al Nasr Al Washeek assumed the lead after the first bend and Bab Al Rayyan became second with Hallab third and Maysara (QA) (Dubday) joining the leading pack in fourth. approaching the final bend, Suheal Qatar (QA) (Dubday) came from behind to become second with Al Nasr Al Washeek still maintaining the lead and Maysara improving into third. Once in the straight, the tempo became faster and stronger with the leading trio battling for the lead. Carlos Henrique waited for the final 200m to make his move and once he asked Al Harqah for more, her response was electrifying. She stormed to take the lead and victory in the final few strides by three quarters of a length. The Wathnan Racing-owned and Alban de Mieulle-trained Brahms (QA) (Atlantic Air), who, like the winner, maintained a middle position throughout, quickened in the final stages to clinch second under Soufiane Saadi by a head from Maysara (QA) (Dubday), who ran a good race for owner Mohammed Abdulhadi S Al-Hajri, trainer Hamad Al-Jehani and jockey Stephane Ladjadj. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners.
The day began with Noora Racing Limited-owned Maatnookh (US) (AF AlBahar x Reign Supreme) making a victorious debut under Marco Casamento in the Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-year-olds and older. The four-year-old colt won the 1400m race by a length for trainer Mohammed Ghazali, who made it a one-two, having saddled the runner-up, Belgaro (FR) (AF AlBahar) as well.
In the Class 6 Thoroughbred Maiden Plate for three-to-six-year-olds, the Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Prince Nabeel (IRE) (Smooth Daddy x Luminance) was rewarded for his last three runner-up finishes. The four-year-old gelding took the 1400m race by a length and three quarters under Jefferson Smith.
The Fahad Nasser A E Al-Romaihi-owned Full Gambit (IRE) (Churchill x Island Drive) scored for the second time in five starts so far this season. The Hadi Al Ramzani-owned filly won the Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap (55-75), run over 1400m, for three-year-olds, by three quarters of a length under Tomas Lukasek.
Hazm Al Sulaimi
The Class 5 Purebred Arabian Handicap (50-70) for four-year-olds and older was won by the Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Bin Nasser Al Thani-owned Hazm Al Sulaimi (QA) (T M Fred Texas x Hasna) for trainer Gassim Ghazali. The nine-year-old horse won the 1400m contest in comprehensive fashion, going one and a half lengths clear under jockey Marco Casamento.
Deliver The Dream
Apprentice jockey Mohammed Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik rode his second career winner in the Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap (55-75) for four-year-olds and older as the Eng. Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik-owned and Debbie Mountain-trained Deliver The Dream (USA) (Kantharos x Bellarada) finished the 1400m race with a quarter of a length success.
The Class 4 Purebred Arabian Graduation Plate for four-year-olds and older saw a one-two for trainer Rudy Nerbonne and it was the H.E. Sheikha Yasmeen Bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Thani-owned Nazwa (FR) (Jaafer ASF x Athaab) who finished best to win by two lengths length under Lukas Delozier ahead of stablemate Dawi (FR) (Amer).