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H.H. the Amir crowns the winners at the conclusion of HH The Amir Sword Festival

H.H. the Amir crowns the winners at the conclusion of HH The Amir Sword Festival

17-02-24
Mohamed Saad

Under the patronage and in presence of HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the H.H. The Amir Sword Festival concluded on Saturday, 17 February at QREC Al Rayyan racecourse. HH the Amir crowned the winners of the last four races of the eight-race card and honoured the sponsors of the Festival.

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HH the Amir presented His Highness’s Golden Sword and the Doha Triple Crown to HE Sheikh Hamad bin Joaan Al Thani following the victory of Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Ghadeer in the HH The Amir Sword race sponsored by QNB. HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani, President of Qatar Olympic Committee, and HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, QREC Chairman, were present during the trophy presentation.

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HH the Amir presented His Highness’s Trophy to the connections of Rebel's Romance winner of the race of the HH The Amir Trophy, presented by Longines. HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, QREC Chairman, was present during the trophy presentation.

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HH the Amir presented His Highness’s Silver Sword to Abdulrahman bin Fahad Al Attiya, following the Mohammed bin Fahad Al Attiya-owned Molfit’s victory in the HH The Amir Silver Sword race sponsored by Wemake Events Co. HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, QREC Chairman, was present during the trophy presentation.

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HH the Amir presented His Highness’s Shalfa to Abdulatif Hussain Al-Emadi, owner of Pazeer, winner of the HH The Amir Shalfa race, Sponsored by Ooredoo. HE Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, QREC Chairman, was present during the trophy presentation.

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Al Ghadeer lands Golde Sword and Triple Crown for Al Shaqab Racing

Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Ghadeer (FR) (Al Mourtajez x Gharraa) won the HH The Amir Sword. In doing so, the Francois Rohaut-trained five-year-old also made history, winning the Doha Triple Crown – a feat which only one horse attained when HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Ebraz did it in 2020. Al Ghadeer was the impressive winner of the Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood in in August and the Qatar Arabian World Cup at ParisLongchamp in October and on Saturday he was ridden by Christophe Soumillon to win the third and final leg of the Crown, which is a very challenging title to gain being made up of three group one tests over different distances – 1600m, 2000m and 2400m - which requires a legendary horse to defy and overcome. Ten runners went to the starting gate in the most valuable group one race for Purebred Arabians in the world with $2.5 million on offer. All eyes were on Al Ghadeer in barrier 6 and Wathnan Racing’s Abbes (FR) (TM Fred Texas), the title holder from last year, in barrier 2. Once the start signal was effected, the lead was in the colours of Al Shaqab Racing with Al Tammtam (FR) (TM Fred Texas) leading with a strong pace and followed by stablemate Mezown (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau) with the eventual winner in third flanked by Abbes by the rail. The order remained almost unchanged until the home turn where Abbes and Mickael Barzalona were looking for a gap to improve. Once in the home straight, Al Ghadeer took the lead and Abbes followed him in aggressive pace. The final furlong turned into a race between the two only, but Al Ghadeer held on strongly and maintained the lead to win by a length. The Alban de Mieulle finished a creditable second and finished far in front from the rest of the field, putting seven and a half lengths between him and the nearest rival behind. The HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned and Thomas Fourcy-trained Al Doha (FR) (Al Mourtajez) completed the frame in third.

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Rebel's Romance wins Trophy for Godolphin and Appleby

Charlie Appleby, trainer of 2023 runner-up, saddled Rebel's Romance (IRE) (Dubawi x Minidress) to win the 2024 renewal of the HH The Amir Trophy for Godolphin. Under jockey William Buick, the six-year-old bolted up by three lengths to add a valuable victory to his impressive record. The 2024 renewal of the International Group 3 race for Thoroughbreds had 11 runners. The early lead was Japanese with North Bridge (JPN) (Maurice) in first and Satono Glanz (JPN) (Satono Diamond) in second. The eventual winner was settled for a while in third before he made his move to take the lead approaching the first turn. Once in the lead, Rebel's Romance never looked back and kept on travelling strongly. In the home straight, he increased the gap between him and the field to eventually score easily. The Shadai Race Horse Co. Ltd.-owned and Yasutoshi Ikee-trained Zeffiro (JPN) (Deep Impact) finished second under jockey Joao Moreira. The Hajime Satomi-owned and Yasuo Tomomichi-trained Satono Glanz was further 1.75 L behind in third under jockey Yuga Kawada.

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Molfit wins Silver Sword

The Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya’s homebred Molfit (FR) (Al Mourtajez x Djezabel Des Forges) landed the HH The Amir Silver Sword. Christophe Soumillon partnered the Francois Rohaut-trained bay colt to run out a good winner by half a length of the 1850m contest for four-year-old Purebred Arabians and score for the second time in a row. The Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya-owned and Francois Rohaut-trained Al Zeer (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau) was the runner-up under jockey Maxime Guyon. The Mohammed Khalifa T R Al-Sowaidi-owned and Xavier-Thomas Demeaulte-trained Kanti De Bozouls (FR) (No Risk Al Maury) finished further 2.75 L in third under jockey Faleh Bughanaim.

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Pazeer regains Shalfa

Pazeer (FR) (Siyouni x Parandeh) regains the title of the HH The Amir Shalfa after 6 years! The Abdulatif Hussain Al-Emadi-owned 10 YO landed the title in 2018 and has been knocking on the door throughout the previous renewals and finally the trainee of Bader Al Balushi made it a double in the 2000m Open Handicap for Thoroughbreds and took it by a quarter of a length under a powerful ride from Lukas Delozier. The Yousuf Bakhit E B Al-Kuwari-owned and Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki-trained Coco Jack (IRE) finished second under jockey Tomas Lukasek. The Al Wasmiyah Farm-owned and Georges Mikhalides-trained Maraseem (IRE) (Nathaniel) was a further half a length behind in third under jockey Jefferson Smith.

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Oddyssey wins Al Rayyan Mile

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman M Al-Thani-owned Oddyssey (GB) (Ulysses x Last Echo) continued winning ways with a comfortable two-length victory in the QA Gr2 Al Rayyan Mile for three-year-olds. The Gassim Ghazali-trained chestnut colt, with Maxime Guyon in the saddle, completed a treble of victories. The Al Shaqab Racing-owned and John and Thady Gosden-trained Orne (IRE) (Acclamation) finished runner-up under jockey Robert Havlin. The Wathnan Racing-owned and Alban de Mieulle-trained Soldier's Gold (IRE) (Soldier's Call) finished a further half a length behind in third under jockey Mickael Barzalona. Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Al Attiya, President of the Asian Equestrian Federation and Vice Chairman of QREC, crowned the winners.

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Emaraaty Ana wins Dukhan Sprint

There was a close finish in the QA Gr3 Dukhan Sprint and it was the Jamie Osborne-trained Emaraaty Ana (GB) (Shamardal x Spirit Of Dubai), who edged out another son of Shamardal, the Alban de Mieulle-trained Monsieur Noir (GB) by a head under jockey Saffie Osborne for owner Barratt Racing. The runner-up of the 1200m race is owned by Wathnan Racing and was ridden by Oisin Murphy and he finished third in the same race last year. The Godolphin-owned and Charlie Appleby-trained Mischief Magic (IRE) (Exceed and Excel) was a further half a length behind in third under jockey William Buick. Adrian Beaumont, Breeders Cup representative, crowned the winners.

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AJS Jamran wins Qatar International Cup

The Gr 1 Qatar International Cup for Purebred Arabians saw an impressive performance by Al Jeryan Stud’s AJS Jamran (BE) (AF AlBahar x July Du Falgas), who once in the home straight did not look back and, under Szczepan Mazur, produced a massive sweep to take the 1600m race by two and a half lengths for trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah. The Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Eifrit (FR) finished second under jockey Jefferson Smith. Last year's runner-up, the Wathnan Racing-owned and Alban de Mieulle-trained Jabalah (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau) finished third this time around as he was a further head behind under jockey Mickael Barzalona. Mohammed bin Issa Al Adab, CEO of Dubai Racing Club, crowned the winners.