Doha, 5 November 2020 - Al Thumama Racing’s X Force (Bungle Inthejungle x Nafa) raced to his second straight victory when the Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki-trained gelding topped the Umm Al Houl Cup for Thoroughbreds in the 7th QREC Race Meeting at Al Rayyan Park on Wednesday.
The 3yo bay horse had bagged a handicap race on dirt last week under Soufiane Saadi. On Wednesday, the duo combined well again to land the six-furlong sprint with four lengths to spare.
X Force stayed on the heels of Injaaz Stud’s Izzthatright (Moss Vale x Miss Adelaide) for the bulk of the race. A furlong out, X Force wrested the advantage and surged clear to take his third victory in Qatar.
JP Guillambert ridden Izzthatright, saddled by Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki, was second, while Abdulaziz Ali Al Kathiri’s Cristofano Allori (Shamardal x Perfect Touch) completed the top three under Ronan Thomas.
Earlier, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Khatafaynee (AF AlBahar x Fifth) made a scintillating start to his time in Qatar winning the opening event of the eight race card.
Saddled by Julian Colin Smart in the Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate, the 4yo that had finished down the field in his sole start in France in August made a wide start to the 1900m run from Gate 9.
Tomas Lukasek kept the grey colt within striking distance of the leaders, before steadily taking the advantage on the home straight and winning by four lengths and three quarters.
Umm Qarn’s Sealine (Amer x Jaljalah) went one better than his last two outings to lead a one-two for trainer Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle in the Local Purebred Arabian Conditions sprint.
In the six furlong sprint, Ronan Thomas was astride the 6yo as he showed some impressive turn of foot on the home straight to surge forward and take a thrilling victory. Soufiane Saadi helmed Barra to a close second by a quarter of a length. The win in his season opener was sixth of Sealine’s career.
Mohammed Bin Fahad Al Attiya’s Chaval De Ghazal (Munjiz x Chamade De Ghazal) registered a fantastic first career win topping the Purebred Arabian Claiming Race (4 Year Olds & Older) in a thrilling finish.
In the 1800m run, Marco Casamento had Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained horse set the pace up front early on. As the proceedings headed to the business end of the race, the 5yo had Eduardo Pedroza ridden Anees breathing down his neck.
Chaval De Ghazal dipped into his reserves to surge forward in the final few metres to win by three quarters of a length. The bay horse was claimed by trainer Mohammed Khaled Elahmed for QR60,000.
Mansoor Ebrahim Al Mahmoud’s High Commander (Teofilo x Pellinore) improved on his third place from a week ago to enter the winner’s enclosure for the first time since March of 2018.
In the process, the 6yo led a one-two for trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali in the Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 3) (75-95). In the 1900m run Qatari jockey Saleh Salem Al Marri was astride the horse as a late charge meant that the duo edged out Eduardo Pedroza ridden yaarmen at the post by a short head.
Injaaz Stud’s Romantic Heart (Dubawi x Love Charm) led a one-two for trainer Mohammed Gassim Ghazali as Qatari apprentice rider Meteb Ali Al Marri guided his second winner of the season.
In the Thoroughbred Handicap (Fillies & Mares) (Class 5) (75 & below), the 5yo mare moved up front coming off Gate 7 and then held on throughout the six furlong sprint even as Ali Khalid Al Mosallam ridden Angelic Queen came threateningly close in the final furlong. Romantic Heart won by a quarter of a length for her first win in Qatar.
There was no stopping Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani’s Winne Taouy (Dahess x Win Taouy) as Qatari jockey Rashid Ali Al Marri guided the 5yo to his second career win in the Purebred Arabian Novice Plate.
The Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani-trained horse bided his time taking full advantage of a gap between the leaders on the home straight to surge forward and pull away for a dominant victory with six lengths and a quarter to spare.
The bay horse won for the first time in Qatar.
In the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate, Dhafi Rashid Al Marri’s Dukhan (Farhh x Dorrati) showed some fantastic pace on the home straight to pick up a brilliant victory.