Suka'ar shines on Mesaieed Cup Day24-01-24
Seven lengths were the impressive winning margin for the Sabhea Awad Ibrahim-owned Suka'ar (QA) (Burning Sand x Raheel ASF) in the feature event of the Mesaieed Cup Day conducted on the all-weather track of the Al Uqda Racecourse on Wednesday, 24th January 2024. Once in the straight, the eight-year-old trainee of Ibrahim Khaled Elahmed did not allow any of his ten rivals to come near him as he bolted clear of the field and landed the Mesaieed Cup, a 1,300m Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 65-85. The grey horse was ridden to victory by jockey Szczepan Mazur, who notched up a double on the day. The Al Rakaben Stud-owned and Dr. Fahad Salman F S Al-Hajri-trained Mukabr (QA) (Asraa Min Albarq) was the nearest runner behind the winner and finished runner-up under jockey Salman Fahad Al-Hajri. The Abdulaziz Saleh Al Jaber-owned and Hadi Al Ramzani-trained Habes (QA) (Harran ASF) finished third as he was a further length behind under jockey Tomas Lukasek. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners.
The Injaaz Stud-owned Wakeel (IRE) (Dark Angel x Tahaany) opened the race, winning the Class 6 Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 45-65 for trainer Jihad El Ahmad. Partnered by jockey Alberto Sanna, the eight-year-old horse took the 20000m race by a quarter of a length to score for the second time this season.
Carrying the colours of Wathnan Racing, the Alban de Mieulle-trained Comodor (QA) (General x Ezraa), on second career start, put his debut behind and looked appreciating the step down in distance and the run on dirt. The five-year-old horse won the 1300m Class 6 Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year olds comfortably by a length and three quarters under jockey Soufiane Saadi.
The Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik-owned Nano Toro (FR) (Toronado x Nawarah) entered the 1300m Class 5 Thoroughbred Novice Plate for three-year-old and older fillies and mares as the second top rated in the 14-runner field. The four-year-old trainee of Debbie Mountain looked totally different on this trip, which proved to be something like her best trip. Under jockey Mirko Sanna, she did well enough to shed her maiden tag with a one-length win.
The Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Bahi (FR) (TM Fred Texas x Radwah) is specialise on Al Rayyan dirt track, scoring two times there over 1700m. The good-looking four-year-old colt, owned by Hamad Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani, proved his talent on the all-weather surface at Al Uqda and over longer as well, with a cracking five-and-a-half-length victory in the 2000m Class 5 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 55-75. He was ridden to perfection by jockey Tomas Lukasek.
The following race saw a much closer finish with AJS Duhail (QA) (Camelot x C'Est Chic) and Al Khor Surprise (QA) (Abide With Me x Arabian Art) getting into a heated duel until the finish line in the 1300m Class 4 Local Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 40-60. It was former who managed to land the spoils by a head for owner and breeder Al Jeryan Stud and trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah with Szczepan Mazur. The brave runner-up, owned by Al Ghazali Stud and trained by Mohammed Ghazali was ridden by Arnaud De Lepine.
Cloak And Dagger
Trainer Mohammed Ghazali did not wait long to have his name on the scoreboard after his runner was denied in the final strides of the previous race, as he saddled the Fatima Bint Sultan D Al-Dosari-owned Cloak And Dagger (IRE) (Lope De Vega x Redoutable) to win the following race, the 1300m Class 4 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 65-8565-85 very comfortably. Hamed Al Busaidi was the man in the saddle for the two-and three-quarter-length victory.