January 29, 2914, Doha ~ Peter Anders from the stables of Zohair Moghsen lifted the Wathnan Cup, a 1900 m Thoroughbred Conditions race, which was the main event of the evening at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club on Wednesday, January 29 on a mainly Thoroughbred card.
Al Shahania Stud’s Al Forat (Dehshan x Tahadi) was an impressive winner of the Local Bred Pure Arabian Handicap for horses rated 0 to 50. Tracking the leader till approaching the home turn, Al Forat took charge readily under Mullen and raced away to record an eight length win over Selhab Al Naif and Sharhbeel Al Naif.
Mullen, after a comfortable ride astride Al Forat, had to work hard to steer the erratic Haashed to victory in the local Bred Pure Arabian Maiden Plate. The Julian Smart saddled Haashed (Amer x Abigaille) shed his maiden status with this win. Al Mudamir who set the pace stayed on to take the second place.
Sheikh Faisal Bin Khalid Al Thani owned Araam was another impressive winner of the day. Araam (Marco Monteriso up) made it a one horse race in the Local Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 0 to 60. Araam led all the way until the turn and once into the straight, the Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Attiya trainee sailed smoothly ahead. Majd simply could not match up to the brilliance of Araam and was never in contention once Attiya ward took charge.
Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi’s Majd Al Uraiq (Majd Al Arab x Mezooh) won the Al Busayyir Cup, a race for four-year-old local pure Arabians, which featured the six-race card at the Racing and Equestrian Club on Tuesday, January 28. The Majd Al Arab progeny, which is improving with every run, completed an encore with this victory. Earlier Majd Al Uraiq had won HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Cup on January 6. Though Umm Qarn’s Bahjah came with telling strides in the last 50 metres, Yanis Aouabed-goaded Majd Al Uraiq past the winning post to win by a short head.
Belhambar from the stables of Yousef Bentaher lifted the Thoroughbred Maiden Cup. Having finished fourth to Gaazwa in his previous outing, Balhambar travelled a handy third behind Disco Inferno and Half Turn. Belhambar made its move under jockey Marvin Suerland as they entered the final 400 metres and stretched out well to take the lead. Jumaira Tower finished with a flourish in the dying stages, but was unable to get past the eventual winner.
Sheikha Mariam Bint Mishal Bin Hamad Al Thani-owned My Sharona came good under French rider Stephen Ladjadj to win the Fillies and Mares Conditions race, run over six furlongs. Captain Cleo and My Sharona rushed to the front together and disputed the lead until entering the home stretch. Ghazali-trained My Sharona started to improve in the last 300 metres and forged ahead with ease. Clean Blow came in late from behind to finish second ahead of Captain Cleo.
Injaaz Stud’s Fast galloped resolutely inside the last 200 metres to win the Al Aamriah Cup, a race for three year old thoroughbred fillies. Taking off well from the gates under Yanis Aouabed, Fast hit the front instantly and led all the way. City Zen began to warm up late, but did not look to trouble the winner and finished second in front of Sefaat.