BURANO BOY, Saadi shine in Loyalty Cup victory
Mansoor Ebrahim Al Mahmoud’s BURANO BOY (Footstepsinthesand x Ghost Of A Girl) continued his unbeaten run since his arrival from the UK, winning the LOYALTY CUP (THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) 75 – 95) at the Al Uqda Complex on Thursday. The victory in the turf feature was the Gassim Ghazali charge’s fourth straight this season in Qatar. Ridden by Soufiane Saadi again, like the other three times coming into the race, the gelding had little trouble taking the advantage and eventually topping the 2100m run with two and a half lengths to spare. Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s SHE’S OUR QUEEN (Toronado x Dyna Bowl), trained by Deborah Amanda Clare Mountain, was second under Ivan Rossi, while a further length and a quarter behind was Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s BOTTOM BAY (Oasis Dream x Coconut Kreek), helmed by Marco Casamento for trainer Zuhair Mohsen.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s RAGDAN (Amer x Margouia) had shown promise over his last two starts, latest of which was a fourth place finsh over 2200m run. With Tomas Lukasek astride once again, the Julian Colin Smart trained 4yo showed his staying prowess in the 2100m PUREBRED ARABIANS (4 Year Olds), leading a one-two in the process for the colours and the trainer with Francois Herholdt guiding Asiak to runner up spot half a length behind.
Al Sraiya Stud’s LIGHTNING BOLTZ (Clodovil x Pearl Power) registered his first victory in Qatar after winning the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (85 & below) on Thursday. The Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki trained colt was partnered by Anas Al Seyabi for the first time since 3yo’s arrival from Ireland late last year, and the duo did well to edge out the competition by half a length for a memorable victory in the six furlong sprint.
Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi’s BAB AL RAYYAN (Mayson x Dorothy’s Dancing) went one better than his last start to land his first win of the season on Thursday. Helmed by Soufiane Saadi in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (70-90), the Bader Al Balushi schooled bay horse held off challenge from a duo saddled by Mohamed Khaled Elahmed – Sarmad Bu Thaila and Wadhah – with the former finishing runner up a length and a quarter behind the winner under Anas al-Seyabi.
Al Bida Racing’s BALMARI (Mukhadram x Baliyana) registered his first win in Qatar when the Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki trained colt landed the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (CLASS 4) (80 & below) comfortably on Thursday. At Al Uqda, the 4yo had Anas Al Seyabi for company for the first time, and once he let his mount go, Balmari put on display his turn of foot that gave him the advantage a furlong out in the seven furlong run and eventually won by a length and three quarters.
Mohammed Nasser Al Naimi’s PERFECT STORM (Excelebration x Lady Miletrian) bounced back from a forgettable outing at Al Rayyan two weeks ago to register his fourth career win on Thursday. At Al Uqda, the Hadi Al Ramzani schooled gelding was ridden by Faleh Bughanaim in the 2200m THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (4yo & older) (85 & below), and the Qatari jockey guided the 7yo to a victory with a length and quarter to spare.
Al Shaqab Racing’s MWARID (Amer x Al Nachmiya) improved a lot from his ninth place finish on his debut in Al Rayyan in January. Moving up from a mile to 2100m in the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE, Alban Elie De Mieulle trained 5yo had Soufiane Saadi in the saddle again and the duo beat Tomas Lukasek and his partner Cocktail Du Loup by a length at the post for a fine win.
Noor Khalid Al Ahmed’s IRTIQAA (Kendargent x Too Marvelous) showed her versatility when despite dropping down in trip from a mile and a quarter, she managed to enter the winner’s circle in fine fashion. Runner up under Khalid Al Balushi last time in a 2000m maiden, the apprentice jockey was astride Khaled Mohamad Alahmad trained 5yo in the six furlong LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE on Thursday, and the duo won by a quarter of a length.
Injaaz Stud’s FAKHIR (No Risk Al Maury x Chine Orientale) wasn’t disgraced over the trip last time round when sixth over the HH The Amir Sword Festival weekend, and the Mohammed Ghazali trained horse built on that to land his first start at Al Uqda when he topped the PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE in a close finish. Ridden by Marco Casamento in the six furlong sprint, the 6yo edged out Ronan Thomas ridden Daloob by a short head at the post.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club