27th Race Meeting, January 17, 2013, Doha ~ This day will go down in Qatar horse racing history as the day of the first historic dead heat with both horses being declared joint winners.
The 1600 m H H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy (Group I Local Bred Pure Arabians) was shared by trainers George Mikhalides with Al Mujahaz (Hafid Du Bac x Kerjam) and Alban de Mieulle with Fouladh (Amer x Jaljalah), the two horses crossing the finish line at the same time.
The judges, after seeing the photo finish, announced that both were winners in the QR 500,000 worth competition. It was a memorable day for the crowd at the REC. Such a thrilling finish was seen by them and they will remember it for a long time. Amid the excitement at the finish, the popular Burning Sand son, La Hoor, took the third spot. The final winning time was one minute and 42.73 seconds.
This incredible end to the seventh and final race also gave Umm Qarn and De Mieulle a hat-trick of success during the day, having captured the fifth and sixth races as well. In all Umm Qarn and De Mieulle enjoyed five victories for a fine day’s racing.
The six race and other main attraction of the day, Khor Al Adaid Cup (Group 3) International Thoroughbred Handicap race for horses rated 85 and above was won by Very Nice Name (Whipper x Namona) with Pier Convertino.
The fifth race – Local Thoroughbred Stakes too was in favour of Umm Qarn and De Mieulle with Bouland riding home Baaria to a comfortable four-length win.
In the opening race, the Pure Arabian Maiden Plate, De Mieulle was again on top with Khattab (Amer x Basilic D’Elios), who won with Convertino in the saddle.
The second race – Thoroughbred Maiden Plate, Umm Qarn owned Mud Hilah took the honours.
Jockey Convertino had three winners during the day while Bouland and Ruis had a double apiece.
Mikhalides had another winner with Safqah (Hatteen x Al Naamah) claimed the Local Bred Pure Arabian Handicap race for horses rated 40 and below.
Photo credit: Juhaim