The Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani-owned MOADDIE (FOOTSTEPINTHESAND-KASOTA) chased FOOTSTEPINTHESAND all the way into the straight and got stronger in the final furlong to win the Ras Laffan Cup, a Local Thoroughbred Conditions race, run over 1,900 metres, which featured the races at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) on Thursday, March 31. Jockey Yanis Aouabed was astride the winner, who clocked a smart time of two minutes 05.05 seconds. ABSHER was third ahead of AL DABOR.
Injaaz Stud’s ALI BABA (HATTEEN-AL SHARAHAH) broke through the maiden ranks with a pillar to post victory in the Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate. The Mohammed Jassim Ghazali-schooled ALI BABA (JP Guillambert up) assumed command soon after the start and galloped on resolutely in the straight to skip clear of his eight rivals and win handsomely by a widening margin of four lengths. Al Shahania Stud’s RAWAA came with a late stretch run to take the second place ahead of FHOUD AL SHAJAA and TWEET. The winner clocked a time of one minute 19.48 seconds for the 1,200 -metre trip.
The Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mahmood-owned REGALITY (LORD SHANAKILL-REGALLINE) produced an electric turn of foot at the business end to romp home in style in the Thoroughbred Fillies Plate. The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali-saddled REGALITY (Guillambert up) was at the rear end of the field until the turn. MEDIA BOOK got past PIPPIN STREET soon on turning for home with AL DALLAH and SECRET TALE hot on her heels. While MEDIA BOOK did not show much spark, AL DALLAH was just beginning to close-in on the leader. At that very juncture REGALITY, ridden brilliantly by Guillambert arrived with a scorching run to shock the field and draw away in the final fifty metres. REGALITY clocked one minute 12.48 seconds for the scurry. MEDIA BOOK was second ahead of AL DALLAH and SECRET TALE.
The Saeed Mubarak Saeed Aljafali Al Naimi-owned AL NEHAYY (MASTERCRAFTSMAN-YACHT WOMAN) clinched the top honours in the Class 6 Thoroughbred Maiden Plate with a brilliant run in the last 100 metres. Jockey Yanis Aouabed timed his run to a nicety with AL NEHAYY, who was languishing at the rear of the mid-bunch as they turned for home. FARENDOLE had taken charge and was firmly in command at the final furlong. ROCK HEROINE and BROADWAY ICON who were closest to FARENDOLE were making little impression. At this point, AL NEHAYY started to devour ground and he had at least four lengths to make over FARENDOLE with about 200 metres to go. AL NEHAYY arrived with awesome speed to peg back FARENDOLE and score an impressive victory. ROCK HEROINE and BROADWAY ICON were third and fourth respectively.
The Khalid Abdulla Al Abdulghani-owned ARGUIA (PASTORAL PURSUITS-INDIAN STORY) held on gamely to win the Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 50 to 70. Even though stable mate BUY ART came charging at her, the Ibrahim Al Malki-saddled ARGUIA (Pier Cnvertino up) was up to the task on hand and stayed in front to win by half a length. BUY ART was second ahead of CUECA and LASTCHANCELUCAS.
In an absorbing finish, the Miss Mariam Bint Sheail Al Kuwari-owned LINA AL MELS edged out AL QATARI and SHE’RIS to win the Purebred Arabian Novice Plate. Jockey Guillambert, who took his third win for the day, brought the Mohammed Jassim Ghazali-schooled LINA AL MELS into contention with a power packed ride in the final stages of the race. LINA AL MELS came through an opening in the middle to prevail by a whisker over her rivals. AL QATARI and SHE’RIS went past the post and were locked together for a deadheat for the second place. FALOT DEL FALOT was a close fourth.
The Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari-owned THIRD DIMENSION (DUBAWI-ROUND THE CAPE) was a runaway winner of the Class 2 Thoroughbred Conditions race, run over 1,800 metres. The Jassim Mohammed Ghazali-trained THIRD DIMENSION (Gaetan Faucon up) raced a handy third before being alerted to the task on hand. Once shown the daylight, THIRD DIMENSION produced a fluent run to go sailing clear of his opponents. MARKSTEIN was second, while MAN AMONGST MEN and POWER completed the frame.