Mon'nia and RS Rasheeda shine on
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Mon'nia (Amer x Margouia by Tidjani) improved her strike rate in Doha with Tomas Lukasek guiding the filly to her fourth win in five starts around Al Rayyan Park on Thursday, November 5. Julian Colin Smart’s filly, who had a C&D victory on her Qatar debut a year ago, had little trouble taking the advantage in the Umm Salal Oaks Trial (Purebred Arabians 4yo Fillies) once on the home straight. She went past the post two lengths and three quarters in front of JP Guillambert ridden Arguya, runner up on Qatar debut.
Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle’s wards swept the top three spots in the Umm Salal Oaks Trial (Local Purebred Arabians 4yo Fillies) with Al Rabban Racing’s RS Rasheeda (AF AlBahar x Agdalya by Akbar) managing to stay ahead of two Umm Qarn fillies in the tense final moments of the 1850m run on Thursday. With Carlos Henrique in the saddle, the filly was comfortable compared to her previous starts in higher company. Once she took the lead, she held on against a challenge by Umm Qarn duo – Soufiane Saadi ridden Ashoura and Ronan Thomas ridden Abida – by a neck.
RS Rasheeda ridden by Carlos Henrique
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Eaz Qatar (Amer x Djainka Des Forges by Kerbella) made a fantastic career debut winning the Purebred Arabians Maiden Plate (3 Year Olds) (F) (Div 2) in thrilling fashion. Helmed by Alberto Sanna for trainer Julian Colin Smart, the filly stayed at the back of the pack for much of the miler. On the bend, Eaz Qatar began her move forward, and she was in prime spot to attack coming on to the home straight. She held a slight advantage in a furlong out, and then held on by a head in front of Ronan Thomas ridden Muqla.
After a promising fifth on Qatar debut three weeks ago over C&D, Patrice Alexandre Nicolet’s Quepos (Al Tair x Bonnett by Burning Sand) finally shed his maiden status in thrilling fashion on Thursday. Saddled by Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle, the 3yo started widest of them all from Gate 12 in the mile long Purebred Arabians Maiden Plate (3 Year Olds) (C & G) (Div 1), but ran a determined race under Ronan Thomas who timed his move just right to be able to go past the post ahead of Mohammed Hussain Afroz trained Hidalgo Du Croate, another Qatar debutant, by three quarters of a length.
Source: Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club. Photos: QREC/Juhaim
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