Casamento guides AJS WATHANAN in Al Gharafa Cup thriller

Al Ghazali Stud’s AJS WATHANAN (Amer x Mangaline Du Loup) raced to his third straight Cup victory when the gelding won the Al Gharafa Cup for Purebred Arabians at the Al Rayyan Park dirt track on Thursday. Trained by Champion Trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, the 7YO was in his elements under Marco Casamento, with the horse registering his fifth victory on the surface. The gelding had won Al Ruwais Cup three weeks ago, and on Thursday, won the nine-furlong race by a neck, halting the Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani-trained AKMAR (No Risk Al Maury x Safa) from taking his third straight victory. The Soufiane Saadi-ridden Akmar finished two and three quarter lengths ahead of another Ghazali ward, CAID DE L’ARDUS (Mahabb x Jelfa De L’Ardus).

Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s PERIGEE (Cacique x Purissima) registered his second straight victory under Marco Casamento’s ride as the duo topped the penultimate race of the day, THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90), on Thursday. In the 1700m race, the Gassim Mohammad Ghazali-schooled colt picked up a fine win, beating stablemate High Commander, ridden by Al Moatasem Al Balushi, by three lengths for his fifth victory in 27 outings.

After opening the season with two straight runner-up finishes, Al Shaqab Racing’s SHAHEEN (Society Rock x La Chicana) registered his first victory in Qatar on Thursday. In the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (85 & below), the gelding had Eduardo Pedroza as his partner and the two did enough to pick up a comfortable victory with three and three quarter lengths to spare. It was the sixth career victory for Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s ward.

Ryan Curatolo missed out on his third straight winner of the day when Hamad Bin Abdulrahman Bin Hamad Al Attiya’s BARBAROUS RELIC (Scat Daddy x Electric Gold) brushed aside some forgettable results to win only the second time in Doha. Helmed by JP Guillambert for Champion Trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, the 6YO edged out the Curatolo-ridden Palmetto Dunes by a short head at the post for a thrilling victory on his 26th outing.

Osama Omer Al Dafea’s IZZER (Clodovil x Broadway Musical) was the second straight winner on the day for jockey Ryan Curatolo. In the THOROUGHBRED GRADUATION PLATE (Class 5), the gelding, who had gone a full season in Qatar without a victory, raced to a commanding victory in the five-furlong sprint. Curatolo guided the 3YO to a five length victory, which was the horse’s first in Qatar.

Mrs Subaiya Awad Ibrahim’s ROSASA (Mandour x Blackpool Mamma’s) bounced back from a forgettable outing last time round to shed her maiden status on her fourth career outing. A step up to the mile did not go well with Mohamed Khaled Elahmed’s ward last time round, but a six-furlong sprint worked well for her and her partner Ryan Curatolo as they won the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE. The filly won with five and three quarter lengths to spare.

Umm Qarn’s AAILA (Majd Al Arab x Dalkia Du Monteil) went one better than her last outing to shed her maiden status in impressive fashion. In the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Fillies & Mares), the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle-trained 4YO had Ronan Thomas in the saddle, and the two, who had finished runner-up in the Oaks Trial last week, went past the post with over three lengths to spare.

Apprentice rider Meteb Ali Al Marri rode his second winner of the season when he helmed Hamad Ateeq Al Marri trained NASHMI BROOQ (Burning Sand x Doranikaa) to a close win in the day’s first race, LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN NOVICE PLATE. Riding in the colours of Brooq Stud, Al Marri guided the 4YO colt to a victory over the Abdulaziz Hamad Al Marri-schooled Dalal Brooq by three quarters of a length. In the process, the top two spots were locked out by Qatari riders with Al Marri’s brother, Rashid astride Dalal Brooq.

Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club