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AJS Najma shines on Loyalty Cup

AJS Najma shines on Loyalty Cup

29-02-24
Mohamed Saad

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The Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) organised the 38th race meeting of the 2023-24 racing season at the Al Rayyan turf track on Thursday, 29th February 2024. The feature race of the nine-race card day, the Loyalty Cup, went to trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah and jockey Szczepan Mazur, with the Al Jeryan Stud-bred and owned AJS Najma (QA) (AF AlBahar x Doukalia) putting in a superb display to win the 1750m Class 4 Graduation contest for four-year-old Local Purebred Arabians by a comfortable one and a half lengths. In doing so, the chestnut filly scored for the second time this year and in her seven career starts. The Hassan bin Ali Hassan Al Matwi-owned and Mohammed Hassan Al Matwi-trained Burkan Zakhir (QA) (La Hoor) finished second under jockey Jefferson Smith and looked on the right way to return to winning ways. The HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned and Rudy Nerbonne-trained finished a further length behind to complete the frame under jockey Tomas Lukasek. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, presented the trophies to the winners.

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Deimos

Opening the day’s racing, Al Rufaa Racing’s Deimos (IRE) (Night Of Thunder x Step Sequence) stretched clear under jockey Faleh Bughanaim to win the 1500m Class 6 Thoroughbred Maiden Plate for three-to-six-year-olds for trainer Mohammed Ghazali. Settled just behind the leaders for the most part of the race, Bughanaim waited until the final 200 metres to unleash Deimos’s turn of foot from outside and he sauntered clear to win by a length and a quarter.

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SK Doctor

The Class 6 Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds went to the Alseej Stud-owned SK Doctor (QA) (Al Mourtajez x Mez'ha) for trainer Jassim Hamad Al-Atteya, who won under an excellent front running ride from Jefferson Smith. The four-year-old led all the way in the 1500m contest and established a relatively wide margin in the early home straight before he eased to the finish line with a length-victory.

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Sheteer

The1500m Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds went to trainer Rudy Nerbonne with his mare Sheteer (FR) (Assy x Insheragh), who stretched out very nicely under jockey Tomas Lukasek to win by two lengths in the colours of Al Shahania Stud. It was a prefect debut for the five-year-old horse, who, while started his career quite late, proved very promising at the very first time of asking.

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Elliptical

The Mansoor Ebrahim S I Al-Mahmoud-owned Elliptical (IRE) (Footstepsinthesand x Asteya) proved much the best for trainer Gassim Ghazali in the 1750m Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-olds rated 55-75, giving the trainer the first of a double on the day. Jockey Soufiane Saadi was on board as the bay colt stretched clear in the final furlong, winning by three quarters of a length at the line.

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Broog

Trainer Mohammed Ghazali saddled his second winner of the day when the Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya-owned Broog (FR) (AF AlBahar x Jade Du Paon) stretched impressively clear of the field in the closing stages of the 1500m Class 4 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 65-85. Jockey Louis Nomis was on board for the three length-and-a-quarter victory. The six-year-old mare confirmed the rise of the curve on her performance with a second straight win in the space of five days and a third-placed finish earlier in the month.

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El Chaco

The Sharq Stud-owned El Chaco (IRE) (Al Kazeem x Look At That) was another runner who scored for the second time in a row. Following his victory over 1750 meters a week ago, the four-year-old gelding broke from the widest barrier (16) and travelled well. The son of Al Kazeem showed a battling attitude in the closing stages of the 2000m Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 70-90 for trainer M. Al Sulaiti by holding off the late charge of his rivals to win by three quarters of a length under jockey Alberto Sanna.

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Fuwayrit

The most thrilling finish on the day came in the seventh race with four horses battling it out to the finish line.It a very close finish indeed, with the four horses separated by just a neck, a head and a short head, but it was the Noora Racing Limited-owned Fuwayrit (IRE) (Gutaifan x Can Dance), ridden by Louis Nomis, who showed the best acceleration to pip his rivals at the post, completing a double on the day for both the trainer and the jockey. The three other good rivals were, in order, the Mohammed Abdulhadi S Al-Hajri-owned, Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki-trained and Tomas Lukasek-ridden General Panic (GB) (Outstrip), the Al Shaqab Racing-owned, Jean de Mieulle-trained and Faleh Bughanaim-ridden Duhail (IRE) (Lope De Vega) and the Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned, Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained and Jefferson Smith-ridden Prince Nabeel (IRE) (Smooth Daddy).

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Al Wakrah

There was another thrilling close finish in the day’s penultimate race, as the Al Shaqab Racing-owned Al Wakrah (FR) (TM Fred Texas x Majida) just prevailed over AJS Medawi (BE) (AF AlBahar) in a pulsating finish to the 1400m Class 2 Purebred Arabian Conditions race for four-year-olds and older. The Jean de Mieulle-trained six-year-old mare kept the challenge of her rival in the closing stages of the race after getting a fantastic ride from Faleh Bughanaim, who completed a double on the day. The final winning margin was just a neck. The Al Jeryan Stud-owned and M.H.K Al Attiyah-trained good runner AJS Medawi (BE) (AF AlBahar) was ridden by Szczepan Mazur.