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Al Shahania Stud’s RB KINDLE sprints to Losail Cup victory

Al Shahania Stud’s RB KINDLE (Burning Sand x Rich Kinkga) sprinted to her third consecutive victory when she landed the LOSAIL CUP (PUREBRED ARABIANS) with ease. Th Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained mare stayed on the rails and up front under Alberto Sanna in the six furlong sprint. She held on to her advantage even as the pace upped and another Ghazali ward, ATEEJ (AF AlBahar x Sahara Croixnoire), came threateningly close under Marco Casamento. But RB Kindle held her own and finished the matters gamely, winning by two lengths and a quarter. Osama Omer Al Dafea’s EVOLUTION DU CROATE (Dahess x Salsa Du Croate) completed the top three with Mickael Berto in the saddle.

Al Wasmiyah Farm’s NOOR AL HAWA (Makfi x Majestic Roi), winner over C&D in a Group 2 last term, was expectedly the favourite to bag the THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2), and he did not disappoint. Helmed by Alberto Sanna for trainer Georges Mikhalides, the 7yo stayed on the outside tracking the leader Otwo. As pace quickened coming off the final bend in the 2000m run, Noor Al Hawa had little trouble surging forward into the lead and then coasting to victory, with Sanna even easing up in the final few metres. Noor Al Hawa beat Ronan Thomas ridde Esteve by three and a half lengths for his 10th career win.

Al Jeryan Stud’s AL LUSAIL (Footstepsinthesand x Gooey) put up a determined run on the straight to improve his strike record, registering his 12th career win. Helmed by Ronan Thomas for trainer Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani, the 6yo bided his time staying within striking distance for much of the LOCAL THOROUGHBREDS event. At the business end in the mile long run, Al Lusail kicked into gear and kept moving forward, eventually picking up a close victory, edging out Soufiane Saadi ridden Black Pearl by half a length.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s EBRAZ (Amer x Massamarie) expectedly made short work of the extra weight as the Julian Colin Smart trained colt bagged the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & above) with ease on Thursday. Tomas Lukasek had the three-time Amir Sword winner, carrying at least 6 ½ kgs more than the rest, stay at the back of the pack early on in the 2000m run. As the pace quickened in the seven strong field coming off the bend, Lukasek found a gap and went up front. Umm Qarn’s Bin General gave a brief chase by Ebraz pulled away to win by two lengths and three quarters.

Qatari rider Saleh Salem al-Marri rode his sixth winner of the season with Al Ghazali Stud’s MAGHAMIR DES FORGES (Mahabb x Djezabel Des Forges) topping the PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (90 & below) with a thrilling run down the home straight. The Gassim Mohammad Ghazali ward was much away from the leaders early on in the seven furlong race but clawed his way back into contention in the final furlong with a brilliant run on the outside, edging out Alberto Sanna ridden Ennab by an edge for a win.

Zakhir Racing’s AL FAYZ (Lope De Vega x Dawn Air) overcame a slow start to pick up a fantastic victory at Al Rayyan Park on Thursday. After a promising fifth over C&D two weeks ago, the Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki trained gelding followed it up with a fine win in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (65-75). JP Guillambert timed the whip just right after making his way up the order steadily on the final bend in the miler. With two furlongs to go, Al Fayz was given a go ahead and he made the run on the outside easing past his rivals to win by two lengths and a quarter. Sheikh Faisal Bin Hamad Bin Jassim Al Thani’s ARANDAS (Namid x Adventuress) made it two in a row after he won the LOCAL THOROUGHBRED PLATE (3 Year Olds) with ease on Thursday. The Ibrahim Saeed

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