Saleh Salem Al Marri guides BOTTOM BAY to Al Mamoura Cup victory


Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s BOTTOM BAY (Oasis Dream x Coconut Kreek) ran a spectacular race under Qatari jockey Saleh Salem Al Marri to take the AL MAMOURA CUP (THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2)) at Al Rayyan Park turf on Thursday, 8 April. The mile-long feature saw the gelding come from a wide start to take the lead under the apprentice rider and held on in the home straight even as a frantic pursuit reduced the gap up front. Eventually, the Zuhair Mohsen-trained 4yo managed to win by half a length while Noora Racing Limited’s FUWAYRIT (Gutaifan x Can Dance), ridden by Soufiane Saadi for handler Alban de Mieulle, finished runner up for the second straight time. Al Wasmiyah Farm’s THINK BIG (Night Of Thunder x Avenue Montaigne) took the third spot as Francois Herholdt guided the Georges Mikhalides-trained colt finished a further length behind. Omran Mohammed Darwish, QREC PR & External Communication Director, crowned the winners of the Al Mamoura Cup.


Al Shaqab Racing’s AL WALID (Dahess x Al Sarwa) led a one-two for the colours and trainer Alban de Mieulle on Thursday. On only his third outing this campaign, the 8yo took a sizeable advantage in the home straight under Carlos Henrique and eventually went past the post two lengths in front of the Soufiane Saadi-ridden Maiuf to win for the eighth time in his career.


Sheikh Abdulla Thani Al Thani’s AL HINDI (Sleeping Indian x Lucilla) showed some amazing versatility when the colt notched his second straight victory on Thursday. Winner over 2200m run at Al Uqda last month, Gassim Ghazali’s ward lit up in the seven-furlong LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (70-90) at Al Rayyan Park turf with a spectacular victory under JP Guillambert, winning by four lengths and three quarters.


Injaaz Stud’s RECEDING WAVES (Dick Turpin x Welanga) registered his first victory since November 2019 when the 8yo landed the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (75-95) in a thrilling finish on Thursday. Helmed by Al Moatasem Al Balushi for only the third time, the Ali Yousuf Al Kubaisi-trained bay horse edged out the Soufiane Saadi0ridden Burano Boy by half a length for a memorable win.


Abdulhadi Mana Al Hajri’s MONSIEUR NOIR (Shamardal x Night Frolic) won for the first time in Qatar when landing the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) (70-90) on Thursday. Placed well on four occasions, the Stefano Ibido-schooled gelding followed up on that to win for only the second time in his career. With Alberto Sanna in the saddle, the 5yo topped the six-furlong sprint by two lengths and a quarter.


Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki’s IN THE NIGHT (Shamardal x Surprise Moment) completed a double following up his maiden win a week ago with a victory in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (85 & below) on Thursday. In the 1850, run, the bay gelding had Tomas Lukasek for company for the first time, but there was little to no time wasted as the duo edged out the Soufiane Saadi-ridden Ethic by a length at the post.


H.E. Sheikha Iman Bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s SAAD (Munjiz x Massroura) had shown potential when winning on debut at Al Uqda in January before finishing third in a handicap. On his first crack at the Al Rayyan Park, the Julian Colin Smart-schooled colt had little trouble under a fantastic ride by Tomas Lukasek as the duo nabbed the seven-furlong run by a dominant six-length margin


Hassan Ali Alabdulmalik’s MAIN REEF (Pivotal x Coral Mist) had a couple of top three finishes to start the campaign with before registering a mixed bag of results. However, on Thursday, in the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6) (3-6yo), the Debbie  Mountain-schooled colt hit the winner’s circle for the first time when Faleh Bughanaim guided the 4yo to a two-and-a-half length victory. It was the Qatari jockey’s 13th win this season.


Al Ghazali Stud’s MALIK (French Fifteen x Phone The Diva) built on promising third place finishes in handicaps last month to win for the first time in his career on Thursday. Helmed by Soufiane Saadi in the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE, the Gassim Ghazali-schooled 5yo took the advantage in the miler and a determined run in the home straight saw the bay horse win by two lengths and three quarters.


Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club