Aahil, Tayf, Eaz Qatar and Ateej shine on HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy Day
Umm Qarn’s Aahil (Munjiz x Daniah by Al Mouwaffak) defended his crown in H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy (Local Purebred Arabians – 4 Year Olds & Older) in a dominant fashion at turf track at Al Rayyan Park on Thursday, January 7.
Umm Qarn’s Tayf (Amer x Djelmila by Manganate) followed up his spectacular Qatar Arabian World Cup in Paris Longchamp with a fantastic win in the H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Cup (Gr2 PA) (Purebred Arabians 4 Year Olds & Older). Alban Elie De Mieulle’s ward had missed out on winning the event for the last two years finishing third in 2020 and runner up the year before.
On Thursday, however, the 9yo, with Ronan Thomas in the saddle, had little trouble landing the mile long run comfortably, winning with three lengths and a quarter to spare. The quality race saw H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Ebraz (Amer x Massamarie by Tidjani), winner in 2019, finishing second under Tomas Lukasek, edging out Salman Mohammned Alemadi’s Djalnor (No Risk Al Maury x Djalmina by Dormane) by a neck.
The mile long finale of a top quality meeting saw Ronan Thomas helm the Alban Elie De Mieulle trained 7yo and the duo led a one-two for the colours and the trainer. Entered twice before this season, the grey horse progressed well even as he kept stepping up in distance from a 1100m sprint to seven furlongs last month and now a miler on Thursday, showing his versatility.
Thomas and his mount beat Umm Qarn’s Sealine (Amer x Jaljalah), ridden by Soufiane Saadi, by four lengths and a quarter to spare. The latter managed to edge out H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Ghali Al Athman (Harran ASF x Al Nefor), ridden by Tomas Lukasek for trainer Julian Colin Smart, by a short-head for the runner up spot.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s EAZ Qatar (Amer x Djainka Des Forges by Kerbella) beat a group of colts to land her second career win in three starts on Thursday. Helmed by Alberto Sanna for the third straight time, the Julian Colin Smart-trained filly topped the H.H Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Silver Cup (Purebred Arabians 4 Year Olds Only) in a close finish.
Running her longest distance in her short career so far at 2200m, Eaz Qatar edged out Umm Qarn’s Derby winner Antar (Al Mamun Monlau x Al Dahma), ridden by Ronan Thomas, by a half a length at the post. Another Smart ward, Dawi (Amer x Djamour Des Forges) completed the top three under Francois Herholdt, also in the silks of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani.
Mohammed Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Attiya’s Ateej (AF AlBahar x Sahara Croixnoire by Ala Croixnoire) built on a couple of credible performances this season when he landed his fifth career victory on Thursday. In the Majd Al Arab P/A Sprinter Championship (Gr3 PA) (4yo & older), the Gassim Ghazali trained 8yo had Marco Casamento for company and the duo, who had finished second together in the bay horse’s season opener in October, won the 1100m sprint in fine fashion. Ateej won by a length and a quarter at the post in front of JP Guillambert ridden Kasser.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club / Photos: Juhaim-QREC
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