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Safi Al Zaman lands a classy victory in Rodat Al Maida Cupy

Safi Al Zaman lands a classy victory in Rodat Al Maida Cupy

13-03-24
Mohamed Saad

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The 34th race meeting in the 2023/24 calendar of the Al Rayyan Racecourse was conducted on sand on Wednesday, 13th March 2024. To close the seven-race card meeting, the Sheikh Ahmad bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned Safi Al Zaman (FR) (AF AlBahar x Gold Label) put in a classy performance to win the Rodat Al Maida Cup, a 1700m Class 2 Purebred Arabian Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 85-105, for trainer Mohammed Salama Ashour. The 7YO horse got stronger as the race went on, staying on powerfully to record a 3½ length victory under jockey Alberto Sanna, who chalked up his second winner in the evening. The minor honours went to the Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Nijinski Al Maury (FR) (Amer), who finished second under jockey Anas Al Seyabi. The Khalid Mohammed S Al-Harami-owned and Bader Al Balushi-trained Sun Amer (FR) (Amer) completed the frame in third as he finished further one and a half lengths behind under jockey Soufiane Saadi, who had a good evening as he partnered three winners earlier. Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, QREC Racing Manager, presented the trophies to the winners.

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Jabahat

The evening began with the 1700m Class 6 Local Thoroughbred Handicap for four-year-old and older horses rated 25-45 and it went to trainer Jihad El Ahmad as he saddled the Injaaz Stud-owned Jabahat (QA) (Holy Roman Emperor x Means Of Assent) to win nicely by two lengths and three quarters under a nice ride from Soufiane Saadi. The five-year-old mare finally got off the mark on her tenth attempt.

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Matwi Al Shajah

Trainer Mohammed Hassan Al Matwi quickly registered his name in winner sheet in the 1700m Class 6 Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-year-old and older horses. His four-year-old colt, Matwi Al Shajah (FR) (Al Mourtajez x Vergalie), finally broke his maiden tag on his sixth attempt and did so in some style under jockey Saleh Faraj Al-Otaibi, winning by five lengths in the colours of Hassan bin Ali Hassan Al Matwi.

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Meraj

One of the most impressive performances of the day came in the third race on the card as the Gassim Ghazali-trained Meraj (USA) (Army Mule x Star Pearl), owned by Al Wasmiyah Farm, bolted up in superb style in the 1200m Class 6 Thoroughbred Maiden Plate for four-year-old and older horses under the ride of jockey Soufiane Saadi, who registered his second winner of the day in a span of three races only. Six lengths were the eventual winning margin and there could be even more to come from this colt in the future, who had already finished placed in four of his six previous starts.

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Aldishen

Trainer M. Al Sulaiti’s Aldishen (QA) (Capitan Jack x Cool Wave) absolutely destroyed the five-runner field in the 1700m Class 5 Local Thoroughbred Novice Plate for three-year-olds under jockey Abdelkabir Benlarbi, pulling nine lengths clear of the field at the line in the colours of Essa Mohammed A M Al Sulaiti. It was the second start of the bay colt, who finished fifth of ten on debut less than two months ago. He showed more this time on dirt and longer distance.

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Al Motasim

Trainer Gassim Ghazali saddled his second winner of the day when the Al Rufaa Racing-owned Al Motasim (GB) (Lope De Vega x Maureen) stretched impressively clear of the field in the closing stages of the 1700m Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 50-70. Alberto Sanna was on board for the three length victory. It was the four-year-old bay gelding’s 11th attempt and it marked his first victory and shedding his maiden tag.

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The Dunkirk Lads

The wide margins continued in the penultimate race with the honours in the 1200m Class 4 Thoroughbred Handicap for three-year-old and older horses rated 60-80 went going to the Mohammed Hamad M A Al-Hajri & Sons-owned The Dunkirk Lads (GB) (Pivotal x Spatial), who absolutely bolted up for trainer Mohammed Ghazali. Soufiane Saadi, registering his third win of the day, barely had to ask for an electric turn of foot and the five-year-old gelding flew six lengths and a half clear at the line