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Al Shomos wins Lehwaila Cup

Al Shomos wins Lehwaila Cup

28-02-24
Mohamed Saad

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The Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) organised the 37th race meeting in the 2022-23 season calendar of the Al Rayyan Racecourse on Wednesday, 28th February 2024. Headlining the eight-race card run on dirt, was the Lehwaila Cup, a 1200m Class 3 Handicap (50-70) for four-year-old and older Local Thoroughbreds and it was the Saeed bin Mubarak Saeed Aljafali Al Naimi-owned and Ahmed Kobeissi-trained Al Shomos (QA) (Shamardal x Gulbarg) who got the win. In the hands of jockey Faleh Bughanaim, the 9YO mare made comfortable work of her opposition, winning by three lengths. The Sabhea Awad Ibrahim-owned and Ibrahim Khaled Elahmed-trained Dhergham Bu Thaila (QA) (Soviet Secret x Dualite) was the runner-up under jockey Szczepan Mazur following a heated battle between the nine-year-old gelding and his stablemate Dohah (QA) (Dragon Pulse x Real Cat), which ended in Dhergham Bu Thaila clinching the second place by only a head from the eight-year-old mare, who was ridden by jockey Jefferson Smith, and securing the second and the third places for the same owner and the same trainer. Abdulaziz Jassim Al Boenain, Al Uqda Complex Manager, crowned the winners.

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Villain's Voice

Kicking off the meeting, trainer Dr. Fahad Salman F S Al-Hajri was the first in the winners’ enclosure after the Al Rakaben Stud-owned Villain's Voice (GB) (Poet's Voice x Balayage) put in a brilliant performance to win the 1200m Class 6 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-65 by two lengths and a quarter under jockey Salman Fahad Al-Hajri.

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Muqtarib

Julian Smart was the next trainer in the winners’ enclosure as his ward Muqtarib (QA) (AF AlBahar x Raadah), owned by Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari, shed his maiden tag at the sixth time of asking in the 1700m Class 6 Local Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-65. Ridden by Samuel Legrix, the four-year-old gelding stretched comfortably clear in the closing stages to win by a length.

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Aneed Al Shahania

In the 1700m Class 6 Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-year-olds, the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned Aneed Al Shahania (QA) (Azadi x Al Anga), on debut, showed a great attitude to stay on powerfully and get up in the shadow of the post for trainer Rudy Nerbonne. Tomas Lukasek, on board the grey colt, had to work hard to get the better of Fathi (QA) (Tabarak) by a head. The Wathnan Racing-owned and Alban de Mieulle-trained good runner-up was ridden by Soufiane Saadi. Both the winner and the runner-up looked in a race of their own and they ended the race seven and a half lengths ahead of the nearest rival behind.

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Al Zaeem

The Al Rufaa Racing-owned Al Zaeem (FR) (Al Mourtajez x Al Sabeg) proved much the best for trainer Mohammed Ghazali in the 1900m Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds, stretching well clear under a good front running ride from jockey Louis Nomis to win by a comfortable three and a half lengths. It chalked up the first of a double on the night for his trainer and his jockey.

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Bint Al Hareth

Another impressive effort came in the 1200m Class 5 Local Thoroughbred Novice Plate for three-year-old fillies Plate where the duo of trainer Mohammed Ghazali and jockey Louis Nomis came back very quickly to celebrate a second winner in a quick-fire double. This time it was HE Meshaal bin Ali bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah-owned Bint Al Hareth (QA) (Al Hareth x Sputnik Sweetheart), who came from way off the pace to land the spoils. Two lengths were the final margin of victory.

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Ready Reckoner

The Ahmad Hamad A Al-Mannai–owned Ready Reckoner (GB) (Showcasing x Soofiah) made sure that the best was saved until the sixth race on the card, as the four-year-old gelding ran away with the 1200m Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-olds rated 50-70 in stunning style for trainer Hamad Al-Jehani. Jockey Szczepan Mazur never looked in trouble on the bay gelding as he skipped clear to a four length win.

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Dramatic Sands

The 1900m Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 55-75 saw jockey Rashid Ali Al-Marri riding the Masuod Saleh M Al-Marri-owned and Mohammed Ali Al Saaq-trained Dramatic Sands (IRE) (Footstepsinthesand x Melodrama) to a comfortable two and a half length win.

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Mobilise

The penultimate race of the day, the 1900m Class Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 65-85 went to trainer Zuhair Mohsen and jockey Arnaud De Lepine, who registered their names among the winners on the day. It was Hamad bin Abdulrahman Bin Hamad Al Attiya-owned four-year-old gelding Mobilise (GB) (Footstepsinthesand x Flare Of Firelight) who put in a superb display to win by a comfortable one and a half lengths.