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Al Nasr Al Washeek sweeps to Marmi Cup

Al Nasr Al Washeek sweeps to Marmi Cup

03-02-24
Mohamed Saad
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The feature of the seven-race card meeting, held on turf at Al Uqda Racecourse on Saturday, 3rd February, saw a brilliant performance by the Khalifa bin Sheail Al Kuwari-owned Al Nasr Al Washeek (QA) (Toronado x Secret Question), as the Julian Smart-trained 5YO gelding hacked up by four lengths and a quarter under jockey Muanis Al Siyabi to win the Marmi Cup in the 1200m Class 2 Local Thoroughbred Open Race for four-year-old and older horses. It was Al Harqah (QA) (Storm Account), owned and trained by Alanoud Khalifa A A Al-Malki who hit the lead first under a strong ride by jockey Jefferson Smith from the widest barrier (11). However, the eventual winner started to make his move and challenge at the 900m mark and once in the lead, he kept his rival at bay. In the straight, he kicked on and extended the lead further, leaving his rival behind battling for minor honours. The Injaaz Stud-owned and Jihad El Ahmad-trained Tafaahum (QA) (Rio de La Plata) finished second under jockey Ivan Rossi, having won the minor battle for the second place while the early leader, Al Harqah had to settle for third as she was further two lengths and a quarter behind. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners.

Tayyar Al Shahania

Tayyar Al Shahania (QA) (Jaafer ASF x Ala Albal) gave owner Hassan bin Ali Hassan Al Matwi and trainer Mohammed Hassan Al Matwi a flying start on the day. The five-year-old horse proved the best in the 1400m Class 6 Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds and was given a good ride by Abdulla Rashid Al-Hajri to land the spoils by a length and a quarter. It was a good reward for the son of Jaafer ASF, who had finished placed on several occasions recently.

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Boshra

The 1400m Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds saw a stunning performance from Al Shaqab Racing’s homebred Boshra (FR) (TM Fred Texas x Rbaija), who, after an eight-month break, bolted up by seven and a half lengths on her Qatar debut and fourth career start. It was an impressive win on the day for trainer Jean de Mieulle and jockey Chloe Mignonneau.

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Mitwaa

Mitwaa (IRE) (Oasis Dream x Shimah) got off the mark for owner Nasser Saeed M S Al-Eida and trainer Gassim Ghazali. The three-year-old colt produced his best performance since his first appearance in Qatar last December. He was partnered by jockey Lukas Delozier to win the 1400m Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-olds rated 55-75 by half a length.

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Nano Toro

The Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik-owned Nano Toro (FR) (Toronado x Nawarah) continued the good work with a second straight victory. However, the Debbie Mountain-trained four-year-old filly’s task was not as easy as the previous one when she scored by a length. This time around, she had to battle out with the Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Opera Legend (GB) (Night Of Thunder), who was ridden by Szczepan Mazur. Eventually, it was Nano Toro who, under jockey Mirko Sanna, managed to find extra to land the spoils by a short head.

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Ikef De Bozouls

In the Class 4 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 65-85, the Triple Two Racing-owned Ikef De Bozouls (FR) (No Risk Al Maury x Mesk De Bozouls) scored for the first time in six starts this season, adding a third win to his record in general. Under jockey Soufiane Saadi, the six-year-old gelding won the 2100m race by half a length, completing a double on the day for trainer Gassim Ghazali.

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Neat And Dandy

Jockey Soufiane Saadi did not wait long to return to the winners’ enclosure as he recorded a quick-fire double, in the penultimate race on the card, onboard the Wathnan Racing-owned Neat And Dandy (IRE) (Dandy Man x Isabella Vite) in another thrilling finish on the card. Only a head separated the winner from the runner-up, the H.E. Sheikha Reem bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Thani-owned and Rudy Nerbonne-trained Pedro Cara (FR) (Pedro The Great), who was ridden by Lukas Delozier. It was a heated battle between the two runners, but it was the Alban de Mieulle-trained five-year-old who pushed his head in front at the line. The third-placed was far from the leading pair as the Al Wasmiyah Farm-owned and Georges Mikhalides-trained Kadovar (IRE) (Dark Angel) finished only a quarter of a length further behind under jockey Jefferson Smith.