Trainer Ghazali and jockey Bentley dazzle on Qatar Derby Trial day
11 December 2014 – Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club ~ Zakhir Stud’s Jenjal (Af Albahar x Gold Label) posted a thrilling victory over Sendeed Al Galayel in the Local Bred Pure Arabian Derby Trial run over 1400 metres during the Qatar Derby Trial Day on 11 December. The Mohammed Al Salama trained Jenjal was ridden to victory by jockey Gerald Avranche. Sendeed Al Galayel was a close second, while Naamah finished third.
Sheail Bin Khalifa Al Kuwari owned Bahia Du Barthas (Dahess x Jabala El Derkouch) handily won the fifth race, the Pure Arabian Derby Trial. After being ridden in check in second place, jockey Harry Bentley asked Bahia Du Barthas to move and they sped away to record an impressive victory leaving Azeeza second ahead of Bambino Du Pouy.
Jockey Bentley made a double when he rode Masnoon (Amer x Redjila) to win over Seif Ennar in the Local Bred Pure Arabian Derby Trial. After a stirring duel in the final 50 metres, Masnoon emerged the strongest winning three-fourth lengths. Haashed and Nomaas completed frame.
In another keen tussle, H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Al Majh’hoor (Mared Al Sahra x Dixie Darlene) withstood the challenge of stablemates Abhar and Aden by winning the Pure Arabian Derby Trial. Julian Smart saddled Al Majh’hoor was ridden to victory by jockey Barry Doyle.
The Olivier Materne owned Aseel (Nizam x Saeedah) kept aside the challenge of Lucky Sand and prevailed by a neck to win the Pure Arabian Handicap for horses rated 70 to 100. Alban de Mieulle schooled Aseel was ridden to victory by Convertino, while Al Khattaf finished third ahead of Jihad.
In another thrilling contest, Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mahmood’s Roman Legend overhauled Ponfeigh in the final stride to win the Thoroughbred Derby Trial.
Mishal Bin Ali Al Attiya owned Al Hareth was an impressive winner of the Local Thoroughbred Derby Trial ridden to victory by Bentley.
In the opening event of the day, Al Jeryan Stud’s Adwan broke through the maiden ranks with a neck win over Flinstone in the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate.
Al Murqab Stud’s Pearl Bridge with Fegentri rider, Maxime Denuault astride, scored a fluent victory in the Thoroughbred Conditions for Fegentri Gentlemen. The Zoher Mohsen trained Pearl Bridge shot to the lead inside the final furlong and stretched away to win by one length from My Sharona. This win enabled Frenchman Denualt to clinch the Longines World Fegentri Championship title with an aggregate of 128 points.
Khalid Yahya Al Khusaai’s Three Cliffs broke through the maiden ranks with a dominating performance in the Thoroughbred Maiden Plate under jockey Bentley.