Treble for X Force in Ras Laffan Cup10-01-24
The Al Thumama Racing-owned X Force (IRE) (Bungle Inthejungle x Nafa) made it a hat-trick of successes, winning his third Ras Laffan Cup in a row. On his seasonal reappearance the 7YO trainee of Mohammed Hussain Afroz was a cut above his rivals and stormed clear impressively to win the day’s feature, the 1100m Thoroughbred Open Race, by 3½ lengths completing a double on the day for trainer Mohammed Hussain Afroz and jockey Szczepan Mazur, providing them with a brilliant conclusion of the nine-race card meeting conducted on dirt at QREC Al Rayyan Racecourse on Wednesday, 10th January 2024.
All nine runners of the Class 2 contest for three-year-olds and older broke well and jockeys wasted no time riding their mounts vigorously in the sprint race. X Force shot from gate 5 to the lead just shortly after the start. Soon, Townsend Manor (GB) (Advertise) followed him and approaching the first bend was at his flank. Shortly after, High And Wide (IRE) (Bungle Inthejungle) joined the leading pair and the trio entered into a strong battle took the field along, getting the tempo faster and faster. The real test for stamina started around the final bend with High And Wide starting to tire and lose ground while the other leading pair continued to widen the margin between them and the field behind. However, X Force decisively put an end to the duel in mid-straight as he showed an impressive turn of foot to go alone in front scoring a very comfortable victory. Nasser Saeed M S Al-Eida-owned Mystical Music (GB) (Al Kazeem) tried to challenge in the final stages, coming with a dash, but that was quite late, especially as the winner had already set a wide margin. It was still as good second for the Gassim Ghazali-trained and Alberto Sanna-ridden 5YO gelding. The third place went to the Abdulaziz Ali A Al-Kathiri-owned and trained Millions (GB) (Pivotal), who was further 1¼ lengths behind under Olivier d'Andigne. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners.
Earlier on the day, racing began with the Class 6 Thoroughbred Handicap (45-65) and the Eng. Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik-owned Turbo Light (FR) (Toronado x Miss Starlight) shed his maiden tag, winning the 1700m race for four-year-olds and older by three quarters of a length for trainer Debbie Mountain and jockey Mirko Sanna.
The Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate, a 1700m Class 6 for four-to-six-year-olds, saw a very useful performance form the Al Jeryan Stud’s homebred AJS Sinjaar (GB) (AF AlBahar x Karreema), who bolted up by five lengths under Szczepan Mazur for trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah. In doing so, the 4YO gelding took a first win in his fourth career start.
The Saif Rashid Saif Al Khayarin-owned Al Muheeb (GB) (Cracksman x Princess Cammie), trained by Hamad Al-Jehani and ridden by Rashid Ali Al-Marri, held on gamely to take victory in the Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap (0-75), Div. 1, after taking charge of proceedings in final stages of the 1200m race for three-year-olds and older. The winning margin was three quarters of a length.
There was an even closer finish in the Class 4 Local Thoroughbred Handicap (40-60) as the Eng. Dhafi Rashid H A Al-Marri-owned and Mohammed Hussain Afroz-trained Dukhan (QA) (Farhh x Dorrati) battled on bravely under a brilliant front-running ride from Carlos Henrique to hold off charging rivals by just a neck in the closing stages of the 1700m race for four-year-olds and older. The good close second was the Al Ghazali Stud-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Qawaafi (QA) (Mukhadram). The seven-year-old mare was ridden by Hamed Al Busaidi.
Trainer Hamad Al-Jehani got his name on the scoresheet for the second time on the day in the second division of the Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap (0-75), as his trainee, the Ahmad Hamad A Al-Mannai-owned Ready Reckoner (GB) (Showcasing x Soofiah) came with a smooth run under jockey Saleh Salem Al-Marri to comfortably take the 1200m race for three-year-olds and older by a length.
Wasim Al Sahn saddled Super Mo (USA) (Uncle Mo x Sweet Connie) to finally strike gold on his 10th career start. The four-year-old colt, owned by 51 East Racing, received a cracker of a ride from Alberto Sanna to repel his rivals in the closing stages of the 1700m race for four-year-olds and older and claim victory by half a length.
Rashid Ali Al-Marri rode his second winner on the day when the Mansoor Mesfer Al-Shahwani-owned and Abdulla Mesfer Al Shahwani-trained Al Addaaj (QA) (Zaeem Al Shajaa x Sho'alat Al Wajba) took the Class 4 Local Purebred Arabian Handicap (65-85) run over 1700m for four-year-olds and older cosily by three quarters of a length.
The Class 3 Purebred Arabian Handicap (75-95) went the way of the Hamad Nasser H Al-Naimi-owned and Ahmed Kobeissi-trained Rammah (FR) (Majd Al Arab x Melusinne), who cruised in the home straight to win the 1200m race for four-year-olds and older by a length and three quarters at the line, giving apprentice jockey Samuel Legrix his first career win.