NOOR AL HAWA, MON’NIA, TAREK DU SOLEIL land the big ones on H.E. Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani Rifle Day

Al Wasmiyah Farm’s NOOR AL HAWA (Makfi x Majestic Roi) was expected to make a bold bid in the H.E. SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI RIFLE (T/B) (4YO & OLDER) on Thursday, having completed a hat-trick, including a Group 2 last time round a Listed in November. Georges Mikhalides-saddled 8yo stayed true to that form when he extended his run of successes with a fine win in the 2200m run at the Al Rayyan Park turf track on Thursday. With Alberto Sanna in the saddle, the chestnut horse beat a high quality field, edging out Qatar Derby (Gr 1) winner HELLENISTIQUE (Wootton Bassett x Hasturianita) by a length. Zuhair Mohsen trained Hellenistique was ridden to runner up spot by Marco Casamento in the colours of Injaaz Stud. Ivan Rossi guided Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s SEEYOUBYME (Siyouni x Peinted Song), saddled by Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain, to third place finish.

H.E. Sheikha Yasmeen MK Al Thani’s MON’NIA (Amer x Margouia) was expected to give a good account when lining up for the H.E. SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI TROPHY (Gr3 PA) (4YO & OLDER) on Thursday, having impressed in a fourth place in the Derby last month following her wins in the Guineas and the Oaks Trial earlier in the season. Julian Colin Smart trained mare did not disappoint as the 5yo entered the winner’s circle for the seventh time overall. With Tomas Lukasek in the saddle, Mon’nia was in her elements on the home straight in the 2200m race as she went past the post three lengths in front of Al Shaqab Racing’s group winner AL NAAMA (Majd Al Arab x Entisar), ridden by Soufiane Saadi for Alban Elie De Mieulle. Osama Omer Al Dafea’s C&D winner GINKEAU (Divamer x Eauvation Des Cedres) was third under Alberto Sanna.

Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim rode his seventh winner of the season when he guided Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s TAREK DU SOLEIL (Dahess x Musique Du Soleil) to his first victory in Qatar on Thursday. Placed on his first two outings, the Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain trained colt tracked early leaders early on in the H.E. SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI TROPHY (4YO P/A) before Bughanaim whipped his mount to up the pace. Marco Casamento and his partner HADJIRA DE FLAUZINS (Josco Du Cayrou x Ishraf) gave chase in the final 50m but Tarek Du Soleil held on to his position by a neck for a fine win. Ronan Thomas ridden FIRST CLASSS (Dahess x Toppoftheclass) was third.

Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Attiya’s ATEEJ (AF AlBahar x Sahara Croixnoire) had won a big Gr 3 sprint earlier this month before finishing a fair second in a conditions. On Thursday, back up on trip to a mile, Gassim Ghazali trained horse had Marco Casamento for company in the H.E. SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI TROPHY (P/A). Casamento and Ateej were at the back of the pack early on, before making the move on the outside coming on to the straight. Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Efreeta tried staying toe to toe with 8yo Ateej, but the latter managed to edge her out by quarter of a length for a fine win. Tomas Lukasek ridden Methgal was third behind Ronan Thomas and Al Efreeta.

Abdulhadi Mana Al Hajri’s DOMINUS (Zoffany x Gwen Lady Byron) went one better than his last outing to land his second victory this season. Impressive when runner up in the Gr 3 Barzan Cup in November, the break would have only done well for the Stefano Ibido schooled horse in the H.E. SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI TROPHY (T/B) (4YO & OLDER) on Thursday. With Alberto Sanna in the saddle, the 5yo chestnut put up a determined run at the business end to edge out Tomas Lukasek ridden Zarandi by half a length at the post, whiel Michael Forest helmed Hydroxide made it to third place.

Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi’s BLACK PEARL (Footstepsinthesand x Ella) improved his strike rate topping the H.E. SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI TROPHY (L T/B) in a close finish on Thursday. Ridden by Soufiane Saadi for Bader Al Balushi, the 5yo race to his eighth win in 11 starts when landing the 1850m run. Winner of a seven furlong conditions event last month, followed by a fifth place in a miler earlier this month, Black Pearl had little trouble stepping up to the distance for only the second time in his career, beating Ronan Thomas ridden Equinoxe by half a length, while Tomas Lukasek ridden Shaman Bu Thaila finished third.

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s SOLDIERPOY (Sepoy x Lamps Of Heaven) continued his unbeaten run in Doha entering the winner’s circle for the fourth straight time on Thursday. The Mohammed Hussain Afroz trained gelding lined up for the H.E. SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI TROPHY (3YO T/B) a little more than a month after landing the Al Rayyan Stakes over C&D. With Jason Watson in the saddle for the seven furlong race, the bay horse edged out two of Mohammed Ghazali’s wards — Thunderstone (Alberto Sanna) and Devious Company (Michael Forest) — at the post by a neck for a memorable win.

Injaaz Stud’s IZZTHATRIGHT (Moss Vale x Miss Adelaide) registered his first victory on turf this season in thrilling fashion on Thursday. Ridden by Marco Casamento for the first time, Zuhair Mohsen saddled gelding held a narrow advantage on the straight in the H.E. SHEIKH JOAAN BIN HAMAD AL THANI TROPHY (T/B) (3YO & OLDER) with JP Guillambert ridden Taxiwala breathing down his neck. However, 9yo Izzthatright managed to keep his lead to win by a neck at the post in the six furlong sprint even as Alberto Sanna ridden Arabic Channel completed the top three.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s KHATAFAYNEE (AF AlBahar x Fifth) showed some amazing turn of foot on the home straight win for the second time this season around Al Rayyan Park. Helmed by Tomas Lukasek, th Julian Colin Smart trained 5yo landed the seven furlong LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE CUP after making up ground on his rivals coming off the final bend and winning by a length at the post.

Ali Bin Thamer Bin Ali Al Mehshadi’s KHANOOR (AF AlBahar x Ultimome) had shown promise on her racecourse bow when fourth last month over C&D. The Zuhair Mohsen trained filly built on that performance to land the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE on Thursday. In the mile long race on turf, Marco Casamento ridden 4yo made full use of her weight advantage to make it home with one and a half lengths to spare. In the process, the filly led a one two for Mohsen after Michael Forest rode Mubadir to second place.


Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

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