HE Ambassador Meshaal bin Ali Al Attiyah crowned winners Toromona lands Khor Al Adaid Cup
HE Ambassador Meshaal bin Ali Al Attiyah crowned winners Toromona lands Khor Al Adaid Cup18-01-24
HE Meshaal bin Ali Al Attiyah, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Bosnia and Herzegovina, was present at the races at QREC Al Rayyan Racecourse on Thursday, 18th January 2024. HE the Ambassador crowned the winners of the last two races of the nine-race card meeting; the Thoroughbred Pearl and the Khor Al Adaid Cup.
Toromona clinches Gr3 Khor Al Adaid Cup
The day’s feature event was landed in eye-catching fashion by the Rashid Awajan K A Al-Khayarin-owned Toromona (IRE) (Shamardal x Tashelka) under jockey Tomas Lukasek. It was an exciting head-to-head finish in the race run over 2800m for 4YO+ Thoroughbreds with the winner holding off the powerful opposition of Hamaki (IRE) (Churchill) by just a short head at the line, completing a double in the card for trainer Hamad Al-Jehani. The brave runner-up is owned by Wathnan Racing and trained by Alban de Mieulle and was ridden by Soufiane Saadi. The Mansoor Ebrahim S I Al-Mahmoud-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained Praiano (GER) (Dubawi) completed the frame, finishing further three quarters of a length behind under jockey Marco Casamento.
Chealamy takes Pearl
The penultimate race in the card saw 4YO+ fillies and mares vying for the Thoroughbred Pearl over 2000m. Eventually, it was the Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari-owned and Zuhair Mohsen-trained Chealamy (GB) (Siyouni x Carnachy), who landed the spoils with Faleh Bughanaim in the saddle after a thrilling blanket finish with only a a head and a further neck separating the first three home. The Al Hajaj Stud-owned and the Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Kimnkate (IRE) (Havana Gold) was the runner-up under jockey Szczepan Mazur with the Wathnan Racing-owned and Alban de Mieulle-trained Marinara finishing third under jockey Alberto Sanna.
Shagraan wins Silver Sword Trial
The Saeed Mohammed Shafi Al Shafi owned and trained- Shagraan (FR) (AF AlBahar x Miss Ginioux) emerged victorious in the Silver Sword Trial for 4YO Purebred Arabians. Under jockey Jefferson Smith, who notched up a double on the day, the bay colt proved the best in 1850m race, coming out on top by a length and three quarters. The Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari-owned and Julian Smart-trained Khalil Du Croate (FR) (No Risk Al Maury) finished second under jockey Maxime Guyon. The Nasser Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Schalimar D'ibos (FR) (Al Tair) was further two lengths behind in third under jockey Lukas Delozier. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners
Charlie Bu Thaila
The day began with the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate for 4-6YOs and it was the Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Charlie Bu Thaila (QA) (Dubday x Charlie's Wish), who managed to shed his maiden tag, by taking the 1600m race by a length under jockey Arnaud De Lepine.
In the Thoroughbred Novice Plate for 3YOs, the Sheikh Mohammed bin Salman M Al-Thani-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained Oddyssey (GB) (Ulysses x Last Echo) recorded his second straight win on his third start this season. He was ridden by jockey Maxime Guyon to a one-and-three-quarter-length victory in the 1600m.
The Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Prince Nabeel (IRE) (Smooth Daddy x Luminance) continued his brilliant campaign this season, registering his second win in a row as jockey Jefferson Smith rode him to a comfortable two-and-a-half-length victory in the first division of the Thoroughbred Handicap (65-85) for 4YO+. The 4YO gelding did not finish out of the first two places in his last five starts.
The day’s first tight finish came in race four when only a head separated the first two home. The final stages of the second division of the Thoroughbred Handicap (65-85) for 4YO+ saw a heated battle and it was the Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained De Bruyne (GB) (Dutch Art x Danehill Revival), who managed to push his head first at the line to give jockey Maxime Guyon a winner on the day. The Al Thumama Racing-owned and Saleh Naji SH A Al Yafei-trained Glengarra was the tough rival who finished a close second under jockey Olivier d'Andigne and was a length a head of the nearest runner behind. It was a quick return to winning ways by De Bruyne, who scored in late December and finished second less than a fortnight ago.
Carrying the colours of Al Jeryan Stud, AJS Medawi (AF AlBahar x Mindza) scored on his third start this season, winning the 1600m Purebred Arabian Handicap (70-90) for 4YO+ comfortably by two lengths. It was the M.H.K Al Attiyah-trained 5YO gelding’s second career success and Szczepan Mazur was the man onboard.
In the 1850m Local Purebred Arabian Conditions for4YO+, the Al Shaqab Racing-owned and Jean de Mieulle-trained Al Mirage (QA) (AF AlBahar x New Princess) was rewarded for his good efforts in his three starts this season of which he finished second twice. This time around, the 6YO horse won the fourth very cosily by two and a half lengths and was guided to his fourth career victory by jockey Christophe Soumillon