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X Force remains unbeaten in 2024 winning Fuwairit Cup

X Force remains unbeaten in 2024 winning Fuwairit Cup

06-03-24
Mohamed Saad

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Major General Ruki Karusisi, Commander of Special Operation Force of Rwanda, crowned the winners of the feature of the race the meeting conducted on sand at QREC Al Rayyan Racecourse on Wednesday, 6th March 2024. Wrapping up the day was the Fuwairit Cup and it was the Al Thumama Racing-owned and Mohammed Hussain Afroz-trained X Force (IRE) (Bungle Inthejungle x Nafa) who scored for the third time in a row and emerged a comfortable one-length winner under Szczepan Mazur, who completed a double on the card. With this third straight victory under his belt, the seven-year-old bay gelding remains unbeaten in 2024. He has not had much racing in his 2023/24 campaign, but his record is just impressive this season with a placed finish on seasonal debut and three consecutive victories in only four starts this season. The Al Rufaa Racing-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained Townsend Manor (GB) (Advertise) finished second under jockey Marco Casamento and had to stop his series of victories. The three-year-old gelding won all his most recent three starts and looks capable of regaining the winning thread again. The Mohammed Abdulhadi S Al-Hajri-owned and Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki-trained Selected (IRE) (Mehmas) finished a further half a length behind under jockey Tomas Lukasek.

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Kajamo

The Hassan bin Ali Hassan Al Matwi-owned Kajamo (PL) (Barak x Kasnarra Kaleelah) started the meeting by blowing away the field in the 1900m Class 6 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-65for his trainer Mohammed Hassan Al Matwi. Under a strong ride from jockey Saleh Salem Al-Marri, the four-year-old colt galloped well clear in the closing stages to win by over four lengths.

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Almoheeb

Almoheeb (IRE) (Shalaa x Dariga) put in an impressive performance for trainer Bader Al Balushi and owner Khalil Hamed Kash in winning the 1700m Class 6 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-65. With Saleh Salem Al-Marri on board, the four-year-old gelding was always prominent in the race, but as soon as the Qatari jockey asked for an effort in the home straight, the son of Shalaa streaked clear to win by extremely comfortable three lengths and three quarters.

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Muhareeb Al Shahania

Al Ghazali Stud’s Muhareeb Al Shahania (QA) (Samborn x Daniah) on a brilliant debut stamped his quality all over the 1700m Class 6 Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year olds by streaking seven lengths clear of his rivals, who had no answer. The Mohammed Ghazali-saddled four-year-old colt, ridden by Marco Casamento, booted well clear in the straight to win very comfortably indeed.

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Taaghi

The Abdullah Nasser M K Al Attiya-owned Taaghi (FR) (Al Mourtajez x Forgehill Chamille) was a good winner of the 1200m Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year olds for trainer Wasim Al Sahn, charging home to win by two and a half lengths under Marco Casamento, who registered a quick-fire double.

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AJS Falak

Al Jeryan Stud’s homebred AJS Falak (FR) (AF AlBahar x Folie Du Paon) registered his second straight victory in for trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah. The four-year-old colt won over 1700m three weeks ago and did it again over the same course and distance in the Class 5 Purebred Arabian Novice Plate for four-year-olds and older this afternoon. Ridden by Szczepan Mazur, he finished comfortably over two lengths ahead of his nearest rival.

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Margesson

Another very impressive performance on the day came in the 1700m Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-olds and older rated 75 and below by the Sharida bin Nasser bin Sharida Al-Kaabi-owned Margesson (FR) (Pride Of Dubai x Shomoukh), trained by Hamad Al-Jehani. Jockey Meteb Ali Al-Marri was on board the five-year-old gelding as he stretched nicely clear in the final stages to win easily by four lengths.

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Al Warkah

There was an exciting finish to the seventh race on the card, as the Sheikh Faisal bin Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani-owned and Mohamed Khaled Elahmed-trained Al Warkah (QA) (Trade Storm x Super Moment) held off the charge of Mutamarrid (QA) (Youmzain) in the closing stages of the 1700m Class 4 Local Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 40-60. Ridden by Anas Al Seyabi, the five-year-old mare, Al Warkah, coming into the final furlong and held on by a short head. The good fast-finishing runner-up is owned by Injaaz Stud and is trained by Jihad El Ahmad and was ridden on the occasion by Marco Casamento, who was denied in the final strides from completing a treble on the day.

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Fifty Grand Slater

Jockey Marco Casamento did not wait much to make up for his miss in the previous race as he returned quickly in the following race to add his third victory on the day. The Italian jockey rode the Triple Two Racing-owned Fifty Grand Slater (IRE) (Kodiac x Natheer) to a cosy one-length win for trainer Gassim Ghazali in the 1100m Class 4 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-olds rated 60-80.