Gaby De Faust shines on Dukhan Cup Day
Injaaz Stud’s Gaby De Faust (Dahess x Voltah) made a good impression when fourth on her Qatar debut in the Oaks earlier this month. On Wednesday, December 30, running on dirt for the first time ever, the French recruit built on that performance and was dominant in the DUKHAN CUP (PA 3yo & older Fillies and Mares) at Al Rayyan Park. Partnered by Michael Forest, the Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim trained 4yo was unstoppable, especially at the business end of the matters, finishing a mammoth six lengths and three quarters ahead of the competition. Umm Qarn’s Dabaab (Munjiz x Haifaa), trained by Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle, finished runner up under Ronan Thomas while Saeed Bin Mubarak Saeed Aljafali Al Naimi’s Safae (Majd Al Arab x Tidja D’ibos), schooled by Majed Mahadi Seifeddine, was guided to third by Ivan Rossi.
Al Shaqab Racing’s Bsheer (Amer x Frynch) and longtime partner Faleh Bughanaim entered the winner’s circle together for the first time in almost two years when the duo landed the Purebred Arabian Handicap (90 & below) in a thrilling fashion on Wednesday. After Bsheer took the lead coming on to the final straight in the 1900m run, Ronan Thomas ridden Winne Taouy began a pursuit of his own, eventually breathing down the leader’s neck in the final furlong. However, Bsheer managed to keep his neck ahead throughout for a scintillating victory.
Mubarak Zayed Al Shahwani’s Satam (TM Fred Texas x Dixie Darlene) was fourth over C&D in his season opener in October before a few fair results since then. On Wednesday, in the 1700m Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (Rated 70 & Below) (4-6yo), Mansoor Mesfer Al Hajri trained horse had Tomas Lukasek for company, like in the season opener, but this time the duo put up a determined run on the straight to win by three quarters of a length in front of Faleh Bughanaim ridden Razad.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club. Photos: Juhaim/QREC
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