Injaaz Stud’s ISTIBDAD (AF ALBAHAR-MARI CHOU) sped away to victory in the Group III Purebred Arabian Sprinter’s Championship, which was the highlight of the races at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) on Thursday, March 17. The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali-trained Istibdad was ably ridden by Frenchman Stephen Ladjadj, who timed his challenge to a nicety to get past the other contenders and win comfortably. Stablemate MASNOON was second ahead of AJS FATH ELKHEIR and Zakhir Stud’s ZAMEER.
Al Murqab Stud’s CAMERAMAN (RAIL LINK-PHOTOGRAPHIC) came with a powerful run in the final stages of the first race and went past STERLING WORK to win the Class 6 Thoroughbred Maiden Plate. STERLING WORK had stolen a march and looked set to land the spoils until Dutchman Adrie de Vries alerted the Zuhair Mohsen-trained CAMERAMAN to the task on hand. The response was immediate as Mohsen’s trainee quickly devoured ground and recorded a half-length win for his career victory in his fourth start. CROARA and AL MAFTOON were third and fourth respectively.
Umm Qarn’s ABLAH II (KHATTAF-AL ZUBARAH) recorded victory in the Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate, run over 1,200 metres. Coming from way off the pace, the Alban de Mieulle-trained ABLAH II (Gaetan Faucon up) came with a sustained run in the final furlong and went past her rivals to win with a measure of comfort. AL FOUZ and ALI BABA raised a glimmer of hope, but succumbed to the onslaught of ABLAH.
Umm Qarn and trainer de Mieulle recorded a back to back double with the victory of ZAEEM (AMER-MARJA) in the Purebred Arabian Graduation Plate. ZAEEM (de Vries up) raced a handy third as AJS AL RAYYAN raced upfront. As the race took a serious turn, AJS AL RAYYAN assumed command, but was quickly challenged by the AMER progeny. After a brief tussle, ZAEEM grew stronger to win by half a length. ALMUHEET and AL MARBOUSH were third and fourth.
The Naseer Ahmed Mohammed Al Kuwari-owned BLACK TREACLE (KODIAC-TREACLE NOIR) held on gamely with a start to finish mission to win the Class 6 Thoroughbred Plate for horses rated 60 and below. The Osama Omar Al Dhafa-saddled BLACK TREACLE had to be hard ridden by Italian saddle artist PIER CONVERTINO to keep at bay the challenge of CHESS VALLEY and AWATTAN, who finished with a rush, but failed to corner the winner. SHAMALIYAH was fourth.
The Khalid Rashid Al Qashash Al Mohanadi-owned COURTOFVERSAILLES (GIANTS CAUSEWAY-MEASURE) made a winning debut in Qatar with an exciting victory over ARD SUN AER in the first division of the Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 75 to 90. The Rashid Al Jehani-schooled COURTOFVERSAILLES (Jean Pierre Guillambert up) came with a late stretch run to overhaul ARD SUN AER who was shaping to be the winner, but failed close home. SUNLEY PRIDE was four lengths behind in third ahead of MILLINGTON.
The Mohammed Abdullah Al Attiya-owned SEFAAT (HAATAF-THAMARA) displayed a nice turn of foot while coming with a late bid and overhauling JAZZ in the shadow of the winning post to reign supreme in the second division of the Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 75 to 90. The H. Aashoor-saddled SEFAAT was ridden to victory by Andrew Elliot. Injaaz Stud’s SIR GUY PORTEUS and GO FOR BROKE occupied the other minor placings.
The Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani-owned FADAK (HENRYTHENAVIGATOR-WEMBLEY PARK) clinched the Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 70 to 90. After racing a handy fourth, the Ibrahim Al Malki-schooled FADAK pounced on the front runners and sped away to win by one and a quarter lengths from CASUAL GLIMPSE and SUBSTANTIATE.