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Seifeddine-trained AJAL lands Al Wukair Cup

Ali Bin Saeed Aljafali Al Nuaimi’s AJAL (Domestic Fund x My Sweet Natalie) completed a hat-trick of wins this seasons with a third straight victory in the AL WUKAIR CUP (LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP Rated 85 & Below) at the dirt track at Al Rayyan Park on Wednesday. Majed Mahadi Seifeddine’s charge opened the season with a maiden win over mile on turf, before switching to dirt and 1700m for a handicap two weeks ago. The 4yo colt lined for C&D on Wednesday with Alberto Sanna in the saddle for the third straight time, and this time too the result was the same, after Sanna guided the colt to a spectacular pillar to post victory. 11 lengths behind the winner was second-placed Al Sakab Stud’s AL FAISALIYA (Coach House x Shielaligh), helmed by Soufiane Saadi for trainer Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki. The 4yo filly edged out Injaaz Stud’s ATTAF (Footstepsinthesand x Silver Sycamore), ridden by Tomas Lukasek for Ali Yousuf Al Kubaisi, by three quarters of a length.

Al Azraq Stable’s BINT SAFFIAN (Arcano x Saffian) improved her strike rate this season winning for the second time in three starts on Wednesday. The Bader Al Balushi trained mare had a C&D victory under Alberto Sanna a month ago. The two combined yet again in the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (75-95) and despite carrying a bit more weight than the competition, the two had little trouble winning the 1100m sprint by three lengths and a quarter. It was Bint Saffian’s fifth win overall.

Zakhir Racing’s DANEYAN (Shamardal x Dayita) went one better than his season opener two weeks ago to win for the sixth time in his career. Helmed by Ronan Thomas for only the second time in his career, the Zuhair Mohsen Zuhair Maki trained 5yo was midfield in the THOROUGHBRED CONDITIONS (Class 2) early on. Positioned on the outside, Thomas had his mount steadily move up the order and then took the advantage in the final two furlongs to go past the post two lengths ahead of the competition for a fine win in the 1900m run.

Al Ghazali Stud’s DHEBAN (Exceed And Excel x Comeback Queen) ran a fantastic race under Qatari jockey Ali Khalid Al Mosallam to top the THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) (80 & below) in dominant fashion at the dirt track on Wednesday. The Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained gelding held a slight advantage for the bulk of the 1900m race before accelerating coming off the final bend and then pulling away for spectacular 14 length victory. The win was second on the day for apprentice rider Al Mosallam.

Dhafi Rashid Al Marri’s TASSLAM (Kalbarq x Bahirah) went one better than his last outing to enter the winner’s enclosure for the first time since December 2017. With Carlos Henrique in the saddle for trainger Mohammed Hussain Afroz, the 7yo got into the groove coming off the final bend in the LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP (85 & below), and then took the advantage, holding off a challenge by Ronan Thomas ridden Abahat in the final furlong. Tasslam won the 1700m race by half a length.

Qatari apprentice rider Ali Khalid Al Mosallam guided his first winner of the season when he guided Mohammed Gassim Ghazali trained LEAFY MOSS (Shamardal x Botanique) with ease. The 5yo had shed his maiden status over C&D two weeks ago, and the gelding returned to lead the six furlong THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (QATARI RIDERS ONLY) (75 & below) from early on in the race, right till it went past the post four lengths ahead of the competition.

Injaaz Stud’s ROMAN MELODY (Holy Roman Emperor x Gift Of Music) made a winning debut in Qatar to top the THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6) with easy on Wednesday. The Gassim Mohammad Ghazali trained gelding not only moved yards, but it was also the first time that the 3yo was lining up for over a mile in his career. Marco Casamento was in the saddle for the 1900m run and the duo had little trouble coasting to victory with four lengths and a quarter to spare.

AL ADDAAJ (Zaeem Al Shajaa x Sho’alat Al Wajba) was the first winner of the season for owner and trainer Mansoor Mesfer Al Hajri on Wednesday. Coming off Gate 1 in the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Div 2), the colt had Tomas Lukasek for company in the six furlong sprint. Unlike the card-opener, the maiden turned out to be a thriller of sorts, with Al Addaaj managing to edge out the competition by half a length at the post.

Ahmed Hassan Al Malki Al Jehani’s AHZAAB (Dahess x Almeliha) bounced back from a forgettable finish on his last outing the last term to open his new season with a maiden victory on Wednesday. In the PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Div 1), the Hamad Ahmed Al Malki Al Jehani trained colt had Qatari rider Rashid Ali Al Marri in the saddle and a dominant performance in the six furlong sprint saw the duo bag the opening race of the card with 10 and a half lengths to spare.

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