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On Day 1 of HH The Amir Sword Festival Al Shaman wins Thoroughbred Sand Championship

On Day 1 of HH The Amir Sword Festival Al Shaman wins Thoroughbred Sand Championship

15-02-24
Mohamed Saad
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The 2024 renewal of the HH The Amir Festival kicked off at QREC Al Rayyan Racecourse on Thursday, 15 February with an eight-race card meeting conducted on sand. All eight races were cup races. In race eight, Trainer Ahmed Al Jehani landed the day’s feature event as the Hamad Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani-owned Al Shaman (USA) (War Front x Communique) won the Thoroughbred Sand Championship with a bit to spare. Tom Marquand always looked confident aboard the ten-year-old and got him to sprout wings in the final 200m of the 1700m Class 2 for four-year-old and older horses to land the spoils by three quarters of a length. From a handy draw, the eventual winner broke from barrier four and Marquand settled him in a mid-position. Last year winner Nuvolari (GB) (Time Test) started from barrier three and travelled well, bagging the inside rail in the early stage. It was Account (GB) (Acclamation), who took the lead just before the first bend, coming from a wide draw (barrier 13). It was good move by Alberto Sanna who rode his mount vigorously to come all the way from outside. He was followed closely by Karakoul (IRE) (Fast Company) in second and Hessdalen (GB) (Sea The Stars) in third. There was not much change in the order of the runner with. However, the tempo of the pace increased as the 14 runners made the final bend. Early in the straight, Account, still maintaining the lead throughout, looked to increase the gap with the rivals behind him and on his way to win the race. However, Marquand asked Al Shaman for more and the bay gelding responded well and closed gap. In a couple of strides, Al Shaman overhauled the long-time leader, took the lead and held on gamely to land the spoils. Account, carrying the colours of Khalifa Hassan Al-Jehani, finished a creditable second for trainer Owaida Salem Al Hajri. He was six lengths ahead of the nearest rival behind him. The Saif Rashid Saif Al Khayarin-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Local Law (GB) )Dubawi) finished third under Japanese jockey Tsubasa Sasagawa Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Al Attiya, President of the Asian Equestrian Federation and Vice Chairman of QREC, crowned the winners.

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Sun Amer wins Purebred Arabian Sand Championship

The other feature of the day, the Purebred Arabian Sand Championship saw one of the day’s best performances as the Khalid Mohammed S Al-Harami-owned Sun Amer (FR) (Amer x Tm Madison T) bolted up under jockey Soufiane Saadi by seven lengths in the 1700m Class 2 for four-year-old and older horses, completing a treble on the day for trainer Bader Al Balushi. Last year winner, the Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Nijinski Al Maury (FR) (Amer) finished second under jockey Maxime Guyon. The Nasser Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned Bucanero (FR) (AF AlBahar) gave trainer Mohammed Ghazali another place getter as he finished further two and a half lengths behind in third under jockey Lukas Delozier. Last year runner up Impedor De Bozouls could only finish eighth. Bader Mohammed Al Darwish, QREC Acting CEO, crowned the winners.

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Munhamik

The day began with the Premium Maiden Cup, a 1700m Class race for for four-year-old and older Local Purebred Arabians and it was the Nasser Owaida Salem Al Hajri-owned Munhamik (QA) (Mared Al Sahra x Al Maasa) who took the first prize for trainer Owaida Salem Al Hajri. Faleh Bughanaim rode the 6YO to a cosy length victory. The Wathnan Racing-owned and Alban de Mieulle-trained Fathi (QA) (Tabarak) finished second under jockey Carlos Henrique. The H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned and Rudy Nerbonne-trained Galeb Al Shahania (QA) (Burning Sand) finished a further neck behind in third under jockey Lukas Delozier. Abdulaziz Jassim Al Boenain, Al Uqda Complex Manager, crowned the winners.

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Al Faisal

Owner and breeder Abdulatif Hussain M Z Al-Emadi, trainer Bader Al Balushi and jockey Maxime Guyon were quickly on the board as Al Faisal (QA) (Trade Storm x Farendole) took the Premium Maiden Cup, a 1700m Class race for four-to-six-year old Local Thoroughbreds by a length ahead of the nearest rival. The Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik-owned and Debbie Mountain-trained Lemon Ginger (QA) (Bobby's Kitten) was the runner up under jockey Mirko Sanna. The Ali Abdul Aziz Jassim Al Boenain-owned and Zuhair Mohsen-trained Awaayid (QA) (Tribal Beat) finished two lengths and a quarter behind in third under jockeySoufiane Saadi. Ahmed Amanalla Al Sheebani, Director of QREC Support Services Department, crowned the winners.

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AJS Falak

The Premium Maiden Cup for four-to-six-year-old Purebred Arabians saw a stunning performance from Al Jeryan Stud’s homebred AJS Falak (FR) (AF AlBahar x Folie Du Paon), who opened his account with an impressive victory in the 1700m Class 6 race as he stretched four and a half lengths clear of the field under jockey Szczepan Mazur for trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah. The Al Rufaa Racing-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained Tareq (FR) (AF AlBahar) finished second under jockey Maxime Guyon. The Al Ghazali Stud-owned Mared Al Jasra (FR) (Mared Al Sahra) gave trainer Gassim Ghazali and placed finish as he fnished further five lengths behind in third under jockey Marco Casamento. Salman Jassem Al Darwish, Chairman and CEO of Porsche Centre Doha, crowned the winners.

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Jungle Mate

brahim Saeed Al Malki saddled Jungle Mate (IRE) (Bungle Inthejungle x Play Mate) to win the Thoroughbred 3YO Sand Championship, which saw a close finish, but it was the Saeed Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki-owned gelding who stuck on the best under jockey Tomas Lukasek, just defeating the Hadi Al Ramzani-trained Foehn (FR) (Johnny Barnes) by a head in the 1700m Class 2 race. The close runner-up is owned by Hamad Ramzan H A Al-Naimi and was ridden by Giuseppe Cultraro. The Nasser Saif A R Al-Kubaisi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Greer (IRE) (Night Of Thunder) finished one and a half lengths behind in third under jockey Faleh Bughanaim. Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Al Attiya, President of the Asian Equestrian Federation and Vice Chairman of QREC, crowned the winners.

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Makarim

Bader Al Balushi was in the winners’ enclosure again, as he saddled Rashid Mohammed R A Alathba’s homebred Makarim (QA) (Alam Al Khalediah x Sabera D'aroco) to prevail by a length in the 1700m Class 2 open race for four-year-old and older horses under Lukas Delozier and land the Local Purebred Arabian Sand Championship. The Al Ghazali Stud-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained AJS Al Aredh (QA) (Majd Al Arab) finished second occupying the same place he had in the same race last year. The Abdulaziz Saleh Al Jaber-owned and Hadi Al Ramzani-trained Habes (QA) (Harran ASF) finished further two lengths behind in third under jockey Alberto Sanna. Last year winner Mared Al Jasra finished fifth. HE Issa bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi, QREC Chairman, crowned the winners.

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Dhergham Bu Thaila

The Sabhea Awad Ibrahim-owned Dhergham Bu Thaila (QA) (Soviet Secret x Dualite) ran out a cosy one-length winner of the Local Thoroughbred Sand Championship, a 1200m Class 2 race for four-year-old and older horses, for trainer Ibrahim Khaled Elahmed and completed a quick-fire double on the card for jockey Lukas Delozier. The Saif Rashid Saif Al Khayarin-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Wadhah (QA) was the runner-up of last year's renewal of this race and finished scond again this year under jockey Soufiane Saadi. The Abdulatif Hussain M Z Al-Emadi-owned and Bader Al Balushi-trained Bab Al Rayyan (QA) (Mayson) finished half a length behind in third under jockey Maxime Guyon. Saif Al Nuami, Operations Manager at Al Shaqab, crowned the winners.