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Abdulla Al-Hajri partners Safi Al Zaman to land Umm Al Zubar Cup

Abdulla Al-Hajri partners Safi Al Zaman to land Umm Al Zubar Cup

03-01-24
Mohamed Saad
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Carrying the colours of Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohamed F N Al-Thani, Safi Al Zaman (FR) (AF AlBahar x Gold Label), landed the Umm Al Zubar Cup for trainer Mohammed Salama Ashour in the feature event of the eight-race card meeting conducted on dirt at QREC Al Rayyan Racecourse on 3rd January. The 7YO came waited until the final 100m of the 1400m contest and then came with a late surge to take the lead and the Class 2 Purebred Arabian Open Allowance Race, cosily for four-year-olds and older by three quarters of a length in the hands of jockey Abdulla Rashid Al-Hajri. It was the young Qatari jockey’s first cup/feature race victory, making it a memorable day for him. Alhafar (FR) (Al Mamun Monlau), owned by Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani and trained by Hamad Al-Jehani, finished second under jockey Arnaud De Lepine. Nijinski Al Maury (FR) (Amer) owned by Mohammed Bin Fahad A H Al Attiya and trained by Mohammed Ghazali finished only a neck further in third under jockey Alberto Sanna. Bader Mohammed Al Darwish, QREC Acting CEO, presented the trophies to the winners.

Jazi Umm Al Amad
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The opener of day saw the Al Anood Stud-owned Jazi Umm Al Amad (QA) (Zar Solitario x Im All Yours) Jazi Umm Al Amad (QA) (Zar Solitario x Im All Yours) grab her second straight victory within a week for trainer Alanoud Khalifa Al-Malki. Under Mohammed Moussa, the five-year-old mare took the Local Thoroughbred Handicap (25-45) for four-year-olds and older by two lengths and a quarter.

Taaghi
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Abdullah Nasser M K Al Attiya-owned Taaghi (FR) (Al Mourtajez x Forgehill Chamille) left his previous starts this season behind to score impressively this time around. The Wasim Al Sahn-trained four-year-old gelding cruised with a bang to a smashing five-length win in the 1,700m Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds, Class 6, under jockey Abdul Aziz Fahad Al Balushi.

Monya
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Another wide-margin maiden winner came in the third race of the day, the 1,700m Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate for four-to-six-year-olds, Class 6, as the Injaaz Stud-owned Monya (QA) (Vedevani x Khaizarana) pulled away from the field by four lengths to score for trainer Julian Smart and jockey Muanis Al Siyabi.

Mobilise
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The Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Bin Hamad Al Attiya-owned bounced back to the good form he showed when ending his campaign last season. The Zuhair Mohsen-trained four-year-old gelding added a second win to his career record in the 1,700m Thoroughbred Handicap (55-75) for four-year-olds and older, Class 5, winning by two lengths under jockey Stephane Ladjadj.

Dhi Qar
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The Mohammed Abdulla A N Al Attiya-owned Dhi Qar (GB) (Night of Thunder x Sefaat) continued the good form he had shown in his previous two starts when he finished fourth and second respectively. The four-year-old colt proved much the best in the 1,700m Thoroughbred Handicap (65-85), for four-year-olds and older, Class 4, as Rashid Al Jehani’s charge sauntered away under Tomas Lukasek to win by two lengths and three quarters.

Alwaad
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In yet another wide-margin win, the Bader Al Balushi-trained Alwaad (QA) (Trade Storm x Farendole) on reappearance this season scooted five and a half lengths clear of the field in the 1,900m Local Thoroughbred Handicap (55-75) for four-year-olds and older, Class 3, under jockey Soufiane Saadi for owner Abdulatif Hussain M Z Al-Emadi. In doing so, the five-year-old gelding confirmed his very promising seasonal debut when he finished second a month ago.

Cei Connah
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In the day’s penultimate race, the Eng. Hassan Ali A M Alabdulmalik-owned Cei Connah (IRE) (El Kabeir x Areyaam Rose) bounced back to winning ways for trainer Debbie Mountain, taking the 1700m Thoroughbred Handicap (80-100) for four-year-olds and older, Class 2, decisively by two lengths under jockey Mirko Sanna. In doing so, the five-year-old gelding took his 2023/2024 record to three wins in five starts so far.