Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club
Thomas rides Umm Qarn’s MEHDI to Al Zubara Trophy victoryFebruary 20, 2020
Umm Qarn’s MEHDI (Majd Al Arab x Jaljalah) led a thrilling one-two for the famous colours and trainer Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle in the AL ZUBARA TROPHY (LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIANS) on the first day of the HH The Amir Sword Festival at Al Rayyan Park on Thursday. The 2000m feature on turf saw Eduardo Pedroza guide Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi’s She’ris (Mared Al Sahra x Kerbelle Du Loup)to set the pace up front with the Ronan Thomas-ridden Mehdi close behind while the latter’s stablemate Sealine (Amer x Jaljalah) not too far behind under Olivier Peslier. As the pace quickened coming off the final bend, the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-saddled She’ris weakened as the two Umm Qarn colts moved ahead. The two were neck and neck right till the post before Mehdi managed to take his first win of the season by a nose. She’ris settled for third. Asian Equestrian Federation and Qatar Equestrian Federation President Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Al Attiya presented the trophies to the winners of the feature.
Abdulhadi Mana Al Hajri’s DOMINUS (Zoffany x Gwen Lady Byron) raced to his first victory in Qatar since arrival from the UK. Saddled by Stefano Ibido, the 4yo had shown promise in his first outing, finishing fifth over C&D earlier this month. On Thursday, in the THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2), Luca Maniezzi guided the colt to a comfortable three-length victory after the two overcame a slow start that saw the two at the back of the pack on the back straight of the six -furlong sprint.
H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s WOODKID (New Approach x Waldtraut) has consistently hit the frame at Al Rayyan Park and the Julian Colin Smart-trained horse did so yet again and this time entering the winner’s circle for the first time this season. In the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (75-95), Tomas Lukasek’s mount held his own on the outside coming off the final bend before putting a rare turn of foot on display to move clear of the competition. The 6yo won the miler by two lengths.
Shaheen Bin Khalid Shaheen Al Ghanim’s JACKO (Dark Angel x Tartessian) bounced back from a forgettable outing last time round to win for the third time this season. The Gassim Mohammad Ghazali-trained colt had landed two races on dirt earlier this season, but a C&D run last time round did not go according to plan for the 4yo. On Thursday, however, with Champion Jockey Harry Bentley in the saddle, the colt did enough to edge out the Soufiane Saadi -ridden What A Surprise at the post by a neck.
Al Shahania Stud’s DAHRA (Mared Al Sahra x Djaima) may have made a low key start to her life in Qatar, but the filly chose the biggest racing weekend of them all to open her account in the country. In the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (85 & below) on Thursday, the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-trained filly showed some turn of foot in the final furlong under Eduardo Pedroza that was good enough to edge out the Ronan Thomas-ridden Djamil by half a length at the post.
Mubarak Bin Saeed Aljafai Al Naimi’s AL SHOMOS (Shamardal x Gulbarg) finished in the top five every time she stepped out on to the track in Qatar. On Thursday, that trend not only continued, but the Majed Mahadi Seifeddine-trained 5yo even registered her maiden victory in a close finish to the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (85 & below). In the 2000m outing, Carlos Henrique was in Al Shomos’s saddle as the 5yo beat the Leo Salles-ridden Al Adheed by a length at the post.
Al Murtages Racing Syndicate’s DAMON RUNYON (Charm Spirit x Tawaasul) had been progressing well in his last few outings in Qatar and on Thursday, the Mohammed Hamad Al Attiya-trained gelding rode that momentum to reach the winner’s circle for the first time in his career. In the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6), the 4yo had Leo Salles for company and the two picked up a fine win in the six-furlong run with two lengths and three quarters to spare.
H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khailfa Al Thani’s MON’NIA (Amer x Margouia) opened the HH The Amir Sword Festival with a smashing victory on Thursday. Having narrowly missed out on a hat trick last time out in better company, Julian Colin Smart’s ward was in her elements under Tomas Lukasek in the mile-long PUREBRED ARABIAN PLATE (4 Year Olds). The duo picked up pace on the home straight to pull away from the competition eventually going past the post with four lengths to spare.
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