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Khaled Al Shahania wins Baidaa Algaa Cup

Khaled Al Shahania wins Baidaa Algaa Cup

21-02-24
Mohamed Saad

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The nine-race card day hosted at QREC Al Rayyan dirt track on Wednesday, 21st February 2024, was wrapped up with the Nasser Mohammed Kazim Al Ansari-owned Khaled Al Shahania (QA) (Assy x Haleda), trained by Ahmed Kobeissi, making a good impression on his fifth start and shedding his maiden tag with a victory in the Baidaa Algaa Cup, a 1700m Class 5 Local Purebred Arabian Novice for four-year-old and older horses. Jockey Ivan Rossi was in the saddle as the four-year-old colt finished a length clear at the line. Soon after the start was effected, it was the Abdulla Jaber R K Al-Hajri-owned Mehry (QA) (General), who first hit the lead and set a fast tempo that made the race looked like a sprint in its early stages. At the first bend, the eventual winner followed him in second. However, jockey Abdulla Rashid Al-Hajri pushed Tayyar Al Shahania (QA) (Jaafer ASF) to improve and take the leads shortly after with Azooz (QA) (Aziz ASF), under Marco Casamento, progressing into third. Entering the home straight, there were four horses in the lead, but Mehri stole a stride in front establishing a length between him and them. At the 300m mark, Rossi urged his mount for more and Khaled Al Shahania’s response was immediate and in a couple of strides, the son of Assy overhauled the long-time leader, Mehri, at the 200m mark. Azooz, carrying the colours of Sheikh Khalifa bin Abdulla A J Al-Thani, to the outside of Khaled Al Shahania, improved vigorously to challenge for the lead and give trainer Mohammed Ghazali a third winner on the day. However, Khaled Al Shahania stayed on well and put the challenge at bay to land the spoils and Azooz eventually had to settle for second. The long-time leader, Mehri, owned by Abdulla Jaber R K Al-Hajri and trained by Fahad Rashid Al Khayarin, had to pay the price for the keen efforts he exerted throughout the 1700m race and finished third, further three and a half lengths behind under jockey Faleh Bughanaim. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners.

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Al Motasim

There was a thrilling finish to the day’s opener, the Class 6 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-65 over 1900m as the Al Rufaa Racing-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained Al Motasim (GB) (Lope De Vega x Maureen) edged out War Effort (IRE) (Mehmas) by a neck under jockey Louis Nomis. The close runner-up is owned by Abdulla Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani and was ridden by Szczepan Mazur. The winner and the runner-up were far in front from the rest of the field as the nearest rival to them was the Osama Omer E Al-Dafea-owned and trained Dreadfort (GB) (Ribchester) and he finished further 13 lengths behind in third under jockey Al Moatasem Al Balushi.

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RB Paris Flygh

RB Paris Flyght (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau x Frynch) proved the best in the 1700m Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden for four-to-six-year-olds, registering a victory for owner Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya and trainer Mohammed Ghazali. Ridden by Faleh Bughanaim, the filly extended well once into the clear and won comfortably by three and a half lengths. The Al Rufaa Racing-owned Al Zaeem (FR) (Al Mourtajez) finished second under jockey Louis Nomis, completing a one-two for the winning trainer. The Injaaz Stud-owned and Julian Smart-trained Zidane (FR) (General) finished two and a half lengths behind in third under jockey Samuel Legrix.

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Colnago

In the third race on the card, Gassim Ghazali saddled Colnago (IRE) (Sioux Nation x Dorothy Parker) to a deeply impressive victory in the 1200m Class 5 Thoroughbred Novice for three-year-olds and older for owner Jassim Bin Ali M A Al-Attiyah. Under jockey Marco Casamento, the four-year-old colt shed his maiden tag in style, booting six lengths clear at the line. The Nasser Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Tenjin (GB) (Night Of Thunder) finished second under jockey Faleh Bughanaim. The Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Rogue Fox (IRE) (Kodiac) finished further one and three quarter lengths behind in third under jockey Saleh Salem Al-Marri.

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Kanz Al Adeed

The 1200m Class 5 Local Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 50-70 saw a winner trained by Abdulrahman Abdulwahed as the Khalid Ali A Al-Obaidli-owned Kanz Al Adeed (QA) (AF AlBahar x Adeedeyah) was a comfortable two and a quarter length winner under jockey Tejash Juglall. The Bader Y A Al Baloshi-owned and trained Keheilan Al Sakab (QA) (AF AlBahar) finished second under jockey Mohammed Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik. The Fahad Rashid M K Al-Hajri-owned and Fahad Rashid Al Khayarin-trained Naja'ah (QA) (Harran ASF) finished eight and a half lengths behind in third under jockey Saleh Salem Al-Marri.

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The Dunkirk Lads

Trainer Mohammed Ghazali saddled his second winner on the day, as the Mohammed Hamad M A Al-Hajri & Sons-owned The Dunkirk Lads (GB) (Pivotal x Spatial) went a length and a quarter clear under jockey Soufiane Saadi in the 1200m Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 55-75. The Saif Rashid Saif Al Khayarin-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Al Muheeb (GB) (Cracksman) finished second under jockey Arnaud De Lepine. The Ahmad Hamad A Al-Mannai-owned Ready Reckoner (GB) (Showcasing) finished a further short head behind in third under jockey Szczepan Mazur to give trainer Hamad Al-Jehani another placed runner in the race.

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Akmar

In the following race, the 1900m Class 4 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 60-80, the Mohammed Nasser R A Al-Naimi-owned Akmar (FR) (No Risk Al Maury x Safa) came out on top by a length and a quarter for trainer Hadi Al Ramzani to give jockey Soufiane Saadi a second winner on the day. The Mubarak Ali M Al-Nuaimi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Noe Al Maury (FR) (Mahabb) finished second under jockey Rashid Ali Al-Marri. The Injaaz Stud-owned and Jihad El Ahmad-trained Majd'or (FR) (Majd Al Arab) finished further four lengths behind in third under jockey Alberto Sanna.

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Impedor De Bozouls

It was Hamad Al-Jehani’s turn to go to the winners’ enclosure in the seventh race on the card, as he saddled the Mohammed Abdulhadi S Al-Hajri-owned Impedor De Bozouls (Majd Al Arab x Amperora De Bozouls) to a comfortable win in the 1700m Class 3 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 90 and below, pulling two lengths clear of the field at the line under jockey Abdulla Rashid Al-Hajri. The Hamad Nasser H Al-Naimi-owned and Ahmed Kobeissi-trained Saqr (FR) (Dahess) finished second under jockey Saleh Salem Al-Marri. The Nasser Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Schalimar D'Ibos (FR) (Al Tair) finished further four lengths behind in third under jockey Saleh Faraj Al-Otaibi.

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High And Wide

The 1100m Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 70-90 saw trainer Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki and jockey Alberto Sanna team up with the Yousuf Bakhit E B Al-Kuwari-owned High And Wide (IRE) (Bungle Inthejungle x Convidad) to good effect, winning by three quarters of a length. The Abdulaziz Ali A Al-Kathiri-owned and trained Millions (GB) (Pivotal) finished second under jockey Giuseppe Cultraro. The Jassim bin Ali M A Al-Attiyah-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Keel Bay (IRE) (Starspangledbanner) finished a further quarter of a length behind in third under jockey Faleh Bughanaim.