Lady Princess and Moshrif bring doubles for Jim Crowley
19, February 2022, Doha, Qatar ~ The H.H. The Amir Sword Festival concluded on Saturday, 19 February, at QREC Al Rayyan racecourse with the Gr 1 race winners, Lady Princess in the HH The Amir Sword, Outbox winning the HH The Amir Trophy, and Samlla in the Qatar International Cup.
LADY PRINCESS lands the HH Amir Sword (PA Gr1)
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s LADY PRINCESS (FR) (General x Nacree Al Maury) landed the $1Million HH The Amir Sword (Gr1 PA), the third leg of the Qatar Triple Crown under jockey Jim Crowley. The Thomas Fourcy-trained rising star won the 2400m contest for 4YO+ Purebred Arabians by half a length, adding the coveted Amir Sword to her year’s winnings, having won the Qatar International Stakes at Goodwood in July, and the Jewel Crown in Abu Dhabi in December of 2021. The six-year-old mare is owned by HE. Sheikh Joaan Bin Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani and the winning trophy was delivered by Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
It was a battle for the winnings as the Alban de Mieulle-trained ABBES kept second by half a length under Olivier Peslier, while the Rudy Nerbonne-trained EBRAZ, owned by H.E. Sheikha Reem Bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, was a quick third under Maxime Guyon.
Frankel son Outbox landed the HH The Amir Trophy (QA Gr1)
The Hambleton Racing Ltd XXXIII & Partner-owned OUTBOX (GB) (Frankel x Emirates Queen) landed the HH The Amir Trophy (QA Gr1). Making another win for jockey Hollie Doyle, the British raider came with a late powerful surge to take the prestigious title and the 2400m contest for 4YO+ Thoroughbreds by half a length for trainer Archie Watson. Watson said Outbox, the lowest rated of the contenders, “ran a cracker but she (Hollie Doyle) gave him a great ride”.
The HE. Sheikh Joaan Bin Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Than-owned and Henri-Alex Pantall-trained MUTABAHI (FR) (French Fifteen) was second under Olivier Peslier. The King Power Racing Co Ltd-owned and Andrew Balding-trained FOX TAL (GB) (Sea The Stars) finished third under David Probert.
MOSHRIF wins the HH The Amir Silver Sword
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s MOSHRIF (FR) (Dahess x Tashreefat), steered by Jim Crowley, won the $250,000 HH The Amir Silver Sword by a one-and-a-half-length victory, making it four wins in a row in five career starts. The 4YO colt took the 1850m ahead of second, Sahab ridden by Maxine Guyon and trained by Alban de Mieulle and third Monda ridden by Tom Marquand and trained by Xazvier Thomas-Demeaulte.
THUNDERSTONE wins the Shalfa
Al Wasmiyah Farm’s THUNDERSTONE (IRE) (Night Of Thunder x Frine) won the HH The Amir Shalfa as he prevailed a quarter of a length in the last stages of the 2000m Handicap (85 & above) for 4YO+ Thoroughbreds, under Tom Marquand for trainer Jassim Ghazali, who recorded a quick-fire double.
SAMLLA wins Qatar International Cup (PA Gr1 )
H.E. Sheikha Reem Bin Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s SAMLLA (FR) (Assy x Djakera Des Forges) landed victory as he took the Qatar International Cup, having prevailed in the 1600m for 4YO+ Purebred Arabians by almost three lengths for French trainer Francois Rohaut under Maxime Guyon. Second in was the Alban de Mieulle-trained Jabalah ridden by Ronan Thomas with Djafar ridden by David Allan and trained by Gassam Ghazali over a length behind in third.
NUANCE wins Al Rayyan Mile
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s NUANCE (GB) (Frankel x Intimation) won the G2 QA Al Rayyan Mile having prevailed by almost two lengths in the contest for 3YO Thoroughbreds, boosting his record to 4 wins in 8 starts. The Jassim Ghazali-trained colt was ridden to victory by Maxime Guyon, who was having a superb day, recording his third win in the fourth race in the card. Salem Al Naimi, Assistant General Manager, QNB Public Relations, presented the trophy to H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mishal Bin Hamad Al Thani.
TAXIWALA wins Dukhan Sprint
The Osama Omer Al Dafea-owned and trained TAXIWALA (IRE) (Holy Roman Emperor x It’s True) landed another yet victory, capturing the Gr 3 QA Dukhan Sprint for 4YO+ Thoroughbreds. Under Ronan Thomas, the 5YO swept clear of his rivals by two lengths. Adam Waterworth, Managing Director of Goodwood Racecourse, presented the Cup to Al Dafea.
So concludes the three days of the H.H. The Amir Sword Festival 2022.