With victory in the penultimate race of the day, Rassan stayed unbeaten, having won the Owners Cup three weeks ago
Hadi Nasser al-Ramzani’s ward Karraar topped the Al Khor Cup, yesterday’s feature at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, even as Champion Jockey Harry Bentley starred with four victories on the day. Karraar’s victory in the 1900m Thoroughbred conditions event was second on the day for owner Mohanad al-Yaqout, who had MJ Lattam in the winner’s enclosure earlier in the day under Faleh Bughanaim in the six-furlong Purebred Arabian Graduation Plate event.
The two top-rated horses in the race, Karraar and Third Dimension (both rated 105) locked out the top two spots, as Alberto Sanna-ridden gelding edged out Champion Trainer Jassim Ghazali’s ward Third Dimension by only a neck as Bentley narrowly missed out on his fifth victory.
Ghazali, however, had two winners on the day with Jassim bin Ali al-Attiyah’s Rassan winning the penultimate race of the day, a Local Purebred Arabian Conditions event over 1700m, while Injaaz Stud’s Messine De Sinuhe picking up his second victory this season in the nine furlong Purebred Arabian Conditions event.
Bentley rode both these winners, besides two others trained by Ghazali’s son Mohamed.
Injaaz Stud-owned Ventura Shadow beat Abdullah Mohammed al-Kuwari Sons-owned River Goddess by a length in the Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicap event for horses rated 75 and below, after Khalifa bin Sheail al-Kuwari-owned Ghalaad shed his maiden status in the opening race of the day.
With the victory in the penultimate race of the day, Rassan stayed unbeaten, having won the Owners Cup three weeks ago.
In the Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap event for horses rated 75-95, Zuhair Mohsen-trained Pearl Bridge beat Ghazali Senior’s duo, Generalship and Emaad, with a ride from Marvin Suerland in the colours of Al Murqab Stud.
Earlier in the day, Majed Seifeddine’s Al Ajdal shed his maiden status winning the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate event.
Race 1: 1. Ghalaad (Harry Bentley), 2. Aziz’nafs (Marvin Suerland), 3. Sayyaaf (JP Guillambert), 4. Elwan (Faleh Bughanaim). Won by: 2 1/2, 3 1/4, 3/4. Owner: Khalifa bin Sheail al-Kuwari. Trainer: Mohamed Jassim Ghazali.
Race 2: 1. Al Ajdal (Darren Williams), 2. Saar (Gerald Avranche), 3. Musaiter Bu Thaila (Almotasem al-Balushi), 4. Tasleya (Pier Convertino). Won by: 4, 3/4, 2. Owner: Saeed bin Mubarak Saeed al-Jafali al-Naimi. Trainer: Majed Seifeddine.
Race 3: 1. MJ Lattam (Faleh Bughanaim), 2. Al Yem (Almotasem Al Balushi), 3. Khor Al Adaid (Tomas Lukasek), 4. Bahia Du Barthas (Pier Convertino). Won by: 1 1/2, Hd, 1 1/2. Owner: Mohanad Jassim al-Yaqout. Trainer: Mohamed Nasser al-Naimi.
Race 4: 1. Ventura Shadow (Harry Bentley), 2. River Goddess (Pier Convertino), 3. Tautira (Carlo Fiocchi), 4. Juventas (Saleem Golam). Won by: 1, 3 1/2, 1 1/2. Owner: Injaaz Stud. Trainer: Mohamed Jassim Ghazali.
Race 5: 1. Pearl Bridge (Marvin Suerland), 2. Generalship (Harry Bentley), 3. Emaad (Pier Convertino), 4. First To Post (Eduardo Pedroza). Won by: 1 3/4, 5. Nk. Owner: Al Murqab Stud. Trainer: Zuhair Mohsen.
Race 6: 1. Messine De Sinuhe (Harry Bentley), 2. Al Majh’Hoor (Carlo Fiocchi), 3. Tefkir (Pier Convertino), 4. She’ris (Alberto Sanna). Won by: 1, 1 1/4, 2. Owner: Injaaz Stud. Trainer: Jassim Mohamed Ghazali.
Race 7: 1. Rassan (Harry Bentley), 2. Nomaas (Marvin Suerland), 3. Al Marboush (Pier Convertino), 4. AJS Al Rayyan (Alberto Sanna). Won by: 1 1/4, 2 1/4, 1 1/4. Owner: Jassim bin Ali al-Attiyah. Trainer: Jassim Mohamed Ghazali.
Race 8: 1. Karraar (Alberto Sanna), 2. Third Dimension (Harry Bentley), 3. Elkhart (Gerald Avranche), 4. Hall of Mirrors (Faleh Bughanaim). Won by: Nk, 1, 7. Owner: Mohanad Jassim al-Yaqout. Trainer: Hadi Nasser al-Ramzani.
Jockey Alberto Sanna (left) rides Karraar to victory ahead of Third Dimension, ridden by Harry Bentley, in the Al Khor Cup at the QREC yesterday.