February 19, 2014, Doha ~ HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned Al Forat, trained by Julian Smart sustained a winning gallop in the last 150 metres to thwart the challenge of Thawi and win the Doha Cup, a Local Bred Pure Arabian Conditions race at the Racing and Equestrian Club on Wednesday, February 19. The main event of the 34th day’s races was won by jockey Harry Bentley as he rode a confident race to continue his good run in Qatar this season.
Al Jeryan Stud AJS Qahir (Martin Al Maury x Af A’ajabatani) and Nomaas fought out a grueling battle before the former prevailed by a neck to win the Local Bred Pure Arabian Graduation Plate 1200m. Jockey Salim rode a brilliant race on the winner, trained by Mohammed Al Yaqout.
Majid Safedeen trained Clean Blow came with a devastating run in the final furlong to overhaul Seven Of Clubs and win the Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 60 to 80. Jockey Adnan Hawa was astride the winner.
Osama Omar al-Dhafa’s Al Zubara was given a good ride by Marvin Suerland to win the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate, the first race of the day.
Convertino piloted Umm Qarn’s Waddah (Nizam x Al Hanoof) to a popular victory in the 1200m Pure Arabian Advanced Plate. Qassed and Al Mostarsil took the second and third places respectively.
Jassim Al Ghazali saddled Ghalaa was given a forceful ride by Gerald Avranche to win the Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 70 to 90. Though Captain Cleo threatened to run away with the race, Avranche was up to the task on hand as he goaded Ghalaa with a forceful ride and won by half a length.
Avranche clinched a double as the Frenchman rode Hussain Aashoor saddled Qadeer (Akbar x Saeedah) to a fighting victory in the Pure Arabian Handicap 1800m for horses rated 0 to 50. Ugo Des Vialettes was second ahead of Ashkal.