Ghannam wins Gulf Cup at
The highlight of the second day, February 19, for the Purebred Arabians was the $100,000 Gulf Cup for horses bred in the Gulf States. This was won on the line in thrilling fashion by Ghannam (AF AlBahar x Bedur ASF), a five-year-old homebred of Abdullah Saeed Abdullah Al-Mesnad. The son of AF Albahar has really found his feet since arriving in Doha, a winner over a mile in Duindigt in 2019, he has not been out of the frame this year, forming a successful partnership with Alberto Sanna.
Returning to Turf after two dirt starts was not enough to stop Ghannam denying Umm Qarn’s Aahil from recording a hat-trick of wins in the race. Trained by Wasim Al Sahn since arriving in Doha, the colt came with a strong run on the outside and won going away from Aahil and Barra.
Earlier in the card Group 3PA Sprinter Championship winner Ateej (AF AlBahar x Sahara Croixnoire) continued his good run of recent form, dropped back to 1200m, with a win in the Purebred Arabian Sprint Cup. Ridden by Soufiane Saadi the vetran eight-year-old is still a force to be reckoned with, having his best season to date, with three wins, two seconds and a fourth to his name. Racing in the colours of Mohammed bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Attiyah and trained by Gassim Ghazali, Ateej chased down the long- time leader Al Jeryan Stud’s AJS Berline to win by a quarter of a length. The fast-finishing Mkayns was a length and a half behind in third.
AJS Beriut ridden by Alberto Sanna
It was a remarkable day for the stallion AF Albahar, who, as well as siring the winners of the principle Arabian races, also scored with AJS Beriut (AF AlBahar x Miss Ginioux) in the Local Bred Novice plate for fillies and mares over 1600m. Al Jeryan Stud’s four-year-old filly had won well on her debut in October and though beaten by Alf Lyla next time, she turned the tables on that one, who finished fifth. Settled in behind the leaders, it looked as though AJS Beriut would have to settle for a place, but she rallied under pressure from Alberto Sanna in the final 100m and got up to win by a short head from Abida, with Ghanayem nearly two length behind in third.
The Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate over 2000m was won by Umm Qarn’s Bin Al Tair (Al Tair x Al Yzea), trained by Alban de Mieulle and ridden by Soufiane Saadi. One of a handful of runners from Al Tair’s first crop, he had been placed on his three-year-old debut in France and again on his debut in Doha in December. The colt showed a good turn of foot to make up ground on the outside and should progress from this.
Source: Equine Creative Media. Photos: Juhaim/QREC
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