Rajeh, Tahri Baha, Badda and Alsdry winners of Arabian Races at Al Ghariya Cup
Qatari apprentice rider Saleh Salem Al Marri helmed his second winner of the day when Al Shahania Stud’s Rajeh (Jaafer x Nelka by Tidjani) won the 1700m Purebred Arabians race on October 14. The 6yo had last run a conditions event in March, winning the 2200m race. A step down in distance and a switch to dirt did not affect the result as the horse handed trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali his second winner of the day. Rajeh held off Umm Qarn duo Dabaab and Al Hazm for three quarters of a length victory.
Dhafi Rashid Al Marri’s Tahri Baha (Mared Al Sahra x Zamara by Dormane) emerged as the second winner on the day for trainer Mohammed Hussain Afroz. The 7yo had shown promise over C&D when finishing runner up in February, and on Wednesday, the horse followed it up with a close win under Carlos Henrique in the Local Purebred Arabians Conditions race. Tahri Baha won by a head in the six furlong sprint.
Umm Qarn’s Badda (Seraphin Du Paon x Raqiyan) picked up right from where she had left off last season, racing to a C&D victory in the Purebred Arabians Handicap (90 & below) on dirt on Wednesday. In the process, the 5yo led a one-two for her connections and trainer Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle. Ronan Thomas gave the mare a patient ride in the 1700m run as they went past the post two and a half lengths in front of stablemate Maruf, ridden by Soufiane Saadi.
Al Shaqab Racing’s Alsdry (TM Fred Texas x Dixie Darlene) had hit the frame four out of five outings in Doha so far. On Wednesday, the Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle trained filly even registered her first career victory when she topped the Purebred Arabians Maiden Plate in comfortable fashion at Al Rayyan Park. Soufiane Saadi guided the 4yo in a fantastic ride that saw the filly win by a three and a half lengths. It was Saadi’s second victory on the day.
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