26 March 2015, Doha, Qatar ~ H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Al Atique (Amer x Somra) posted a pillar to post victory in the Yousef Al Romaihi Cup, a Pure Arabian contest for four years old and older, run over 2400 metres, which featured the eight-event card at the Racing and Equestrian Club Thursday March 26. The Julian Smart trained Al Atique was ridden to victory by jockey Alberto Sanna. Omani challenger Raddad came with a spirited challenge but failed to collar the winner. Abhar finished third and Aziz Al Shahania was fourth, completing the frame.
H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned Mu’arda (Burning Sand x Magadir ASF) was ridden to victory by jockey Bentley in the Pure Arabian Maiden Plate. The Ghazali trained Mu’arda staved off the challenge of Tarek Al Mels to win by head to take her maiden win in four starts. Amid and Bonnaparte finished third and fourth respectively.
H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Meghwaar (Kerbella x Djamour Des Forges) posted an impressive victory in the Pure Arabian Graduation Plate. The Smart trained Meghwaar galloped on resolutely in the final stretch to come from the fifth-sixth position and pass all the top contenders in full flight and win by a head from stable mate Radwah. Jockey Tadgh O’Shea was astride the winner. Haraz Al Naif finished third ahead of Safwan.
Jassim Al Ghazali trained Sherston was brilliantly ridden by Harry Bentley to victory in the Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 70 to 90. After racing in the mod pack for most part of the journey, Sherston quickly changed gears on turning for home and stretched away nicely to win by one length from Crafted.
Mohammed Bin Hamad Khalifa Al Attiya owned Double Look scored his first victory in a thrilling contest over Lion D’Anvers in the Thoroughbred Graduation Plate riden by Gerlad Avranche.
Shiekh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Ahmed Al Thani owned Al Naif Never Mind with Gerald Avranche up scored a comfortable victory in Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate.
In a keen tussle for supremacy, Ibrahim Saeed Al Malki owned and trained Aqdaar kept aside the challenge of Akeed Misk and prevailed by a short head to win the Thoroughbred Maiden Plate for three olds only.
Abdulhadi Mana Al Hajri owned Azma was ably ridden by Marco Monteriso to a thrilling victory in the Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 60 to 80.
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