Injaaz Stud’s LEKHRAIB (AF AlBahar x Grace T) made his love for the dirt very evident when the Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained horse landed the AL SHAQAB CUP (Local PA) at Al Rayyan Park on Thursday. The 6yo had won two out of his three outings on the surface this year, both sprints. On Thursday, with Marco Casamento in the saddle again, the chestnut horse was unstoppable in the 1700m run, winning the feature by five lengths and a quarter. The win was Lekhraib’s seventh overall and sixth on the surface. At the post, Lekhraib beat Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Bin Nasser Al Thani’s HAZM AL SULAIMI (TM Fred Texas x Hasna), ridden by Soufiane Saadi for Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, for the win, while Ali Khalid Al Mosallam guided Abdulaziz Hamad Al Marri’s LAMA (Hatteen x Ahazeej) to third.
Al Sakab Stud’s AL FAISALIYA (Coach House x Shielaligh) landed her second victory of the season, having won a novice run in November, on Thursday. Ronan Thomas, who was astride the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki trained filly when third a week ago on turf, partnered the 4yo yet again in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (70-90). Coming off Gate 1, Al Faisaliya held off a Mohamed Khaled Elahmed trained duo – Sarmad Bu Thaila (Killian Leonard) and Dhergham Bu Thaila (MIchael Forest)- by two and four lengths at the post respectively.
Saeed Nasser Al Qadi’s ZARANDI (Scat Daddy x Zaralanta) registered his second straight victory topping the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (95 & below) despite carrying more weight than most of the field on Thursday. Partnered by Soufiane Saadi, the Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani saddled colt, a handicap winner over 1900m last time out, lined up in Gate 3 in the six furlong sprint. A minute and 11 seconds later Zarandi had edged out Marco Casamento ridden Return To Senders by a quarter of a length.
Ali Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s ALIZOOM (Invincible Spirit x Lady Springbank) had barely made an impact on three C&D starts earlier this season. However, that changed on Thursday when Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain trained gelding landed the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (85 and below) in a thriller. Helmed by Ivan Rossi for the first time, the 7yo edged out Marco Casamento ridden Immoral by a short head in the 1900m run on dirt to win for the first time since April 2019.
Abdulaziz Saleh Al Jaber’s SOUTHERNMACHOMAN (Mucho Macho Man x Deep South) bounced back from a forgettable finish last time out to win the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (75 & below) in a thriller. Helmed by apprentice rider Ali Khalid Al Mosallam on Thursday, the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani schooled colt had never finished in the money earlier this season but that changed in thrilling fashion as the duo edged out Marco Casamento ridden Unbutton by a short head in the six furlong sprint.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s QAWAAFI (Mukhadram x Fashion Rocks) followed up her creditable first few efforts with a fine win in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE on Thursday. With Michael Forest in the saddle of the Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim’s ward for the first time, Qawaafi impressed with a determined run, landing the 1700m run with two and a half lengths to spare as Tomas Lukasek ridden Maksab raced to his best finish at runner up.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s SALSABIEL (AF AlBahar x Jabara) made a spectacular debut on dirt as the filly shed her maiden status in style on Thursday. After finishing an encouraging fifth on a mile long debut on turf earlier this month, the Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained 3yo once again partnered Marco Casamento in the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (No Official Rating). Stepping down to six furlongs and the switch in the surface worked as Salsabiel won by three and a half lengths on her second outing.
After showing promise in his season opener, Injaaz Stud’s MISTER GENERAL (General x Last Guest) had not built on that in the last few races. That changed on Thursday as Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim trained colt was in a league of his own on his first run out on dirt. In the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (4 Year Olds), the grey colt had apprentice rider Khalid Al Balushi for company and the duo outpaced everyone to win by five lengths and three quarters at the post.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club