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HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani crowned winners of His Highness’s Cups & Trophy

HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani crowned winners of His Highness’s Cups & Trophy

04-01-24
Mohamed Saad
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His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani crowned the winners of His Highness’s Cups and Trophy in the race meeting conducted on turf at Al Rayyan turf racecourse on Thursday, 4th January 2024. The all events of the nine-race card were cup races and were wrapped up with the HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy race, which was preceded by the Gr2 PA HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Cup and the HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Silver Cup. His Excellency Issa Bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi was present during the trophy presentation ceremony.

Razy wins the Trophy
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It was Razy (QA) (Amer x Raedah), who landed the spoils and won the HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy in the 1600m race Local Purebred Arabians, for owner Wathnan Racing, trainer Alban de Mieulle and jockey Mickael Barzalona, who registered their third victory on the day. It was also an impressive 1-2-3 for the winning owner and trainer with Nesrine (QA) (Munjiz) finishing second under jockey Soufiane Saadi and Bakir (QA) (Amer) finishing third under jockey Alberto Sanna. Only a head and a further head separated the first three, who got into a heated battle in the famous silks in the final strides and up to the finishing line.

Eifrit wins the Cup
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The HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Cup, a Gr 2 race for Purebred Arabians over 1600m, saw a thrilling blanket finish with the Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Eifrit (FR) (Jenjal x Gaswa) getting the better of his tough rivals AJS Jamran (BE) (AF AlBahar) and Al Wakrah (FR) (TM Fred Texas) by a nose and neck respectively to land the spoils under jockey Jefferson Smith, who doubled up on the day. The runner up is owned by Al Jeryan Stud and trained by M.H.K Al Attiyah and was ridden by Szczepan Mazur. The third placed is owned by Al Shaqab Racing and trained by Jean de Mieulle and was ridden by Cristian Demuro.

AJS Lattam wins Silver Cup
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Trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah and jockey Szczepan Mazur made it a quick-fire double as they took the HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Silver Cup thanks to AJS Lattam (QA) (AF AlBahar x Saheel ASF), who is owned and bred by Al Jeryan Stud. The 4YO colt bounced back to excellent form, winning the 1600m race for Purebred Arabians by a length and three quarters, taking his career record to five wins in seven starts. The Saeed Mohammed Shafi Al Shafi-owned and trained Shagraan (FR) (AF AlBahar) was the runner up and was ridden by Jefferson Smith. AJS Jassas (QA) (AF AlBahar) finished third as he was further three lengths and a quarter behind under jockey Cristian Demuro, giving the winning owner and trainer another placed finish.

AJS Berline champion sprinter
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For the second time in the last three years, AJS Berline (QA) (AF AlBahar x Dormaline) won the Gr3 PA Majd Al Arab Sprinter Championship, returning the title to her owner and breeder Al Jeryan Stud and trainer M.H.K Al Attiyah. Again, it was jockey Szczepan Mazur, who guided the the 7YO mare to speed two and a half lengths clear of the field to win the 1100m race impressively. The Mohammed Khalifa T R Al-Sowaidi-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Posuelo Py (FR) (AF AlBahar) was the runner up under jockey Tomas Lukasek. The Sharida Bin Nasser Bin Sharida Al-Kaabi-owned and Mohammed Ghazali-trained Shgarde (US) (AF AlBahar) finished a close third as he was only a further head behind under jockey Marco Casamento. Taleb Meteb Al Saaq crowned the winners.

Bolthole wins Umm Qarn Trophy
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he Umm Qarn Trophy, an open race for Thoroughbreds, saw the trainer/jockey pair of Alban de Mieulle and Mickael Barzalona team up with Bolthole (IRE) (Free Eagle x Weekend Getaway) and complete a quick-fire double in the colours of Wathnan Racing, as the 5YO horse took the 2000m contest cosily by a length, getting one better in his second start in Qatar. The Rashid Awajan K A Al-Khayarin-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Toromona (IRE) (Shamardal) and was ridden by Tomas Lukasek. The Khalifa Bin Sheail KH J Al Kuwari-owned and Gassim Ghazali-trained King Pacha (IRE) (Acclamation) finished only a short head behind as a good third under jockey Szczepan Mazur. Bader Mohammed Al Darwish, QREC Acting CEO, presented the trophies to the winners.

Equinoxe wins French King Cup for third straight year
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The French King Cup, a 1600m Local Thoroughbreds race, saw the impressive EQUINOXE, owned by Wathnan Racing, repeat the same scenario of last year, scoring a head victory. In doing so, the 7YO horse retained the same title for the third year in a row for Wathnan Racing and trainer Alban de Mieulle with Mickael Barzalona onboard this time around. The Al Rabban Racing-owned and Rashid Al Jehani-trained Harb (QA) (Time Test) finished a brave second under jockey Tomas Lukasek. Balzac (QA) (Lancelot) finished further two lengths and a quarter behind in third under jockey Soufiane Saadi, completing the frame with another placed finish for the winning owner and trainer. Sheikha Alanood bint Abdullah Al Thani, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, of Education Above All, presented the trophies to the winners. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners.

Maraseem wins Yasmeen Cup
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The Yasmeen Cup, a handicap for Thoroughbreds, went to the Al Wasmiyah Farm-owned and Georges Mikhalides-trained Maraseem (IRE) (Nathaniel xWhy Not Queen) who came with a late charge from outside in the final strides to win the 2000m contest by three quarters of a length with Jefferson Smith in the saddle. The Al Shaqab Racing-owned and Jean de Mieulle-trained AUSTRAL (FR) (Zelzal) was the runner up and was ridden by Olivier d'Andigne. The Mohammed Khalifa T R Al-Sowaidi-owned and Ahmed Al Jehani-trained ENFORCED (IRE) (Zoffany) finished a further length behind in third under jockey Carlos Henrique. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners.

Sherood wins Charm Spirit Cup
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The Charm Spirit Cup, a 1400m Thoroughbred Handicap, saw a thrilling finish with the Fatima Rashid A Alnaimi-owned and Ahmed Al Jehani-trained Sherood (GB) (Night Of Thunder x Safe House) landing the spoils under jockey Tomas Lukasek, having prevailed by a head after a heated battle with Karakoul (IRE) (Fast Company). The close runner up is owned by Al Jeryan Stud and trained by M.H.K Al Attiyah and was ridden by Szczepan Mazur. The Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani-owned and Hamad Al-Jehani-trained Opera Legend (GB) (Night Of Thunder) finished further two lengths and a quarter behind in third under jockey Gerald Mosse. HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faleh Al Thani, presented the trophies to the winners in presence of Mr Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari.

Pavise wins Very Nice Name Cup
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The high-class day of racing began with the Very Nice Name Cup, a Thoroughbred Novice Plate over 1600m, and it was won in fine style by the Al Ghazali Stud-owned and Nasser Ghazali-trained Pavise (GB) (Camacho x Sacred Shiel), who pulled two and a half lengths clear of the field under jockey Soufiane Saadi. The Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani-owned and Mohammed Salama Ashour-trained Prince Nabeel (IRE) (Smooth Daddy) was the runner up and was ridden bySaleh Salem Al-Marri. The Abdulaziz Ali A Al-Kathiri-owned and Zuhair Mohsen-trained Shivraj (GB) (Invincible Spirit) finished very close third as he was only a further nose behind under jockey Stephane Ladjadj. QREC Racing Manager, Abdulla Rashid Al Kubaisi, crowned the winners