Al Sakab Stud’s AL FAISALIYA (Coach House x Shielaligh) led a thrilling one two for the trainer Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki in the AL BRITHA CUP (Far bend) (LOCAL THOROUGHBREDS) at Al Rayyan Park turf on Thursday. The 5yo, a two time winner this term on dirt coming into the seven furlong feature, went one better than his last start as Ronan Thomas rode the bay mare to a close win over the Anas Al Seyabi ridden SHAMAN BU THAILA (Soviet Secret x Picnic Party), in the trainer’s own colours. Al Faisaliya won by a head at the post, even as Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi’s AL ADHEED (Footstepsinthesand x Wild Anthem), trained by Bader Al Balushi, made it to third place under Soufiane Saadi.
Al Bida Racing’s BALMARI (Mukhadram x Baliyana) was expected to be a player in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (Far bend) (70-90) on Thursday having won over the distance at Al Uqda two weeks ago. And the Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki schooled colt did not disappoint as Anas Al Seyabi once again guided the 4yo chestnut to victory, this time by a quarter of a length at Al Rayyan Park turf, edging out Soufiane Saadi ridden Fuwayrit.
Al Jasra Stud’s MY KINDA DAY (Exceed And Excel x Sound The Alarm) went one better than his last outing to win for the first time in four races since his arrival in Qatar earlier this term. Saddled by Ahmed Kobeissi, the gelding was helmed Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim for the first time and duo got together well as they beat Alberto Sanna ridden The Singer by a length and a quarter for a fine victory in the six furlong THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (Far bend) (80 &amp; below) sprint.
Layla Sophia Kalach’s MAHAARAT (Dubawi x Ashaaqah) won for the first time in Qatar when the mare landed the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (Far bend) (85 &amp; below) in a thrilling finish on Thursday. Wasim Al Sahn’s ward had Alberto Sanna for company in the 2000m affair, and the 6yo mare put up a determined run on the straight to edge out Soufiane Saadi ridden Ethic by a head.
Al Shaqab Racing’s MWARID (Amer x Al Nachmiya) raced to a double with the 5yo landing the PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE (Far bend) in fine fashion at Al Rayyan Park on Thursday. Helmed by Soufiane Saadi in the 2000m outing, the Alban Elie De Mieulle trained grey horse, winner at Al Uqda three weeks ago, improved his strike rate with his second win from three starts edging out Tomas Lukasek ridden Ragdan by a length and a quarter.
Umm Qarn’s AL BALAGH (General x Zabieh) was entitled to improve on his mile long debut when she was ninth, in Thursday’s LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Far bend) (4-6 YO), and improve she did. Alban Elie De Mieulle trained filly made full use of a weight advantage (51kg) when a fantastic ride by Carlos Henrique saw the grey filly build a healthy gap and eventually beat the competition by two lengths and a quarter.
Al Shahania Stud’s ALF LYLA (Mared Al Sahra x Ultafa Al Maury) raced to his second C&amp;D victory this season topping the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE (FILLIES &amp; MARES) (4yo &amp; older) on Thursday. Helmed by Tomas Lukasek for the sixth time in six starts, Julian Colin Smart trained filly bagged the mile-long affair by half a length, beating Ronan Thomas and his partner Khanoor.
Noora Racing Limited’s AL GHARIYAH (Dutch Art x Figment) had shown promise on her first four starts in Qatar finishing in the top five each time. On Thursday, the Alban Elie De Mieulle trained filly took to her longest career run so far in the mile long THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3 Year Olds) (Class 6). With Soufiane Saadi in the saddle, the bay filly raced to a fine win going past the post with a length to spare.
Antar Rashid Al Marri’s WAR MAN (War Chant x Quickstep Melody) has only improved since a maiden debut last month as the gelding registered his first career win in a close finish on Thursday. Helmed by Rashid Ali Al Marri in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE, the Ali Al Marri trained 6yo found the miler more suitable than the 2000m and 1200m outings on first two starts as bay contender edged out Carlos Henrique ridden Al Harqah by a head.