Lekhraib wins Al Shaqab Cup for Injaaz Stud
Injaaz Stud’s Lekhraib (AF AlBahar x Grace T) made his love for the dirt very evident when the Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained horse landed the AL SHAQAB CUP (Local PA) at Al Rayyan Park on Thursday.
The 6yo had won two out of his three outings on the surface this year, both sprints. On Thursday, with Marco Casamento in the saddle again, the chestnut horse was unstoppable in the 1700m run, winning the feature by five lengths and a quarter.
The win was Lekhraib’s seventh overall and sixth on the surface. At the post, Lekhraib beat Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Bin Nasser Al Thani’s Hazm Al Sulaimi (TM Fred Texas x Hasna), ridden by Soufiane Saadi for Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, for the win, while Ali Khalid Al Mosallam guided Abdulaziz Hamad Al Marri’s Lama (Hatteen x Ahazeej) to third.
Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s Salsabiel (AF AlBahar x Jabara) made a spectacular debut on dirt as the filly shed her maiden status in style on Thursday. After finishing an encouraging fifth on a mile long debut on turf earlier this month, the Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained 3yo once again partnered Marco Casamento in the Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (No Official Rating). Stepping down to six furlongs and the switch in the surface worked as Salsabiel won by three and a half lengths on her second outing.
After showing promise in his season opener, Injaaz Stud’s Mister General (General x Last Guest) had not built on that in the last few races. That changed on Thursday as Mohammed Riyaz Ibrahim Kasim trained colt was in a league of his own on his first run out on dirt. In the Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (4 Year Olds), the grey colt had apprentice rider Khalid Al Balushi for company and the duo outpaced everyone to win by five lengths and three quarters at the post.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club. Photo: Juhaim/QREC
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