Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Efreeta
shines in Qatar Oaks

Al Efreeta ridden by Ronan Tomas


Al Shaqab Racing’s Al Efreeta (Dahess x Dormadora by Dormane) was trainer Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s fourth winner at Al Rayyan Park turf on Saturday, December 19, as the bay filly landed the Qatar Oaks (F) (Far Bend) (4yo PA Fillies) comfortably. The win was third for jockey Ronan Thomas who had also guided the filly to a victory on her mile long Qatar debut in a maiden a week ago. A step up in distance to 2000m did not upset the 4yo’s credentials around Al Rayyan Park as she surged forward to grab the lead and then held on to beat Tomas Lukasek ridden Challenge De Ghazali, owned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, by two lengths at the post.

ALF Lyla ridden by Tomas Lukasek


Al Shahania Stud’s ALF Lyla (Mared Al Sahra x Ultafa Al Maury by Munjiz) went one better than her debut outing last month to land her first win. On Saturday, in the Local Purebred Arabian Plate (3 Year Old Fillies) (Far Bend), Julian Colin Smart’s ward had stepped up in distance lining up in Gate 1 for the miler under Tomas Lukasek. The bay filly stayed on and surged forward to build a comfortable gap on the home straight, winning by two and a half lengths in front of Alexander Reznikov ridden AJS Beirut.

Muqla ridden by Ronan Tomas


Umm Qarn’s Muqla (Tabarak x Sarahmina by Tornado de Syrah) went one better than her last two C&D outings to shed her maiden status in fine fashion on Saturday. Helmed by Ronan Thomas on all three runs in Qatar so far, the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle saddled 3yo had narrowly missed out on victories but that changed this time round. In the Purebred Arabian Plate (3 Year Old Fillies) (Far Bend), Muqla kept her line coming out of Gate 1 and went past the post one and a quarter length ahead of stablemate Yaqhar, ridden by Soufiane Saadi.

Mkayns ridden by Ali Khalid Al Mosallam


Al Shaqab Racing’s Mkayns (Dahess x Kado De Ghazal by Kesberoy) and jockey Ali Khalid Al Mosallam combined well for their second straight outing together landing a C&D victory on Saturday. After shedding her maiden status earlier this month, the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle trained 4yo lined up for another six furlong sprint, this time the Purebred Arabian Handicap (Far Bend) (75 & below). The filly, despite a weight disadvantage, had little trouble making an impressive down the middle of the track to win by one and a half lengths. The win was the apprentice jockey’s tenth this season.

Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club. Photos: Juhaim/QREC

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