Gerald Avranche made sure the photo finish didn’t have to be called into play as he rode Cameraman to a narrow success in the Group 3 Khor Al Adaid Cup, the feature race on last Thursday’s card at the Racing and Equestrian Club in Doha. Trained by Zuhair Mohsen, Cameraman was asked to go midway through the 2800m turf contest after settling in the second half of the ten runners early on. And go he did moving into second and staying there comfortably before making his bid after rounding off the corner leading into the final stretch. Altarsheed, winner of a Class 3 handicap, a week earlier, challenged Cameraman in the final furlong under JP Guillambert, but remained second at the wire.
Otwo, on his Qatar debut, was third. It was Frenchman Avranche’s second success of the week after he rode the Hadi Al Ramzanisaddled Digital Rebellion to a big five length win in the 1800m Thoroughbred handicap a day earlier, a race in which Neutron Bomb ridden by Alberto Sanna placed second and Protect was a further length behind in third under jockeys’ championship leader Harry Bentley, who had only moments earlier helped Ras Al Qimmah shed her maiden status. Wednesday’s card was on dirt and riding the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali-schooled 3yo filly Ras Al Qimmah, Bentley had finishedthree lengths clear from Al Zajeel, with stablemate High Commander a short head back in third.
Bentley returned Thursday to ride a treble of winners on turf. For his first win of the evening, he steered the Jassim-trained Mosayter to a one length success in the Local Thoroughbred maiden over 1600m, with Montaser settling for second and Saqr a further three lengths behind in third. His second success came in the Local Purebred Arabian conditions contest over 1200m, where he claimed a three quarter length victory on board the Mohammed Jassim Ghazali-trained Al Murabitoon, with AJS Qahir taking second and Mutazz another length and three quarters behind.
His treble was complete on board the highly rated Rasi, who claimed his second success of the season when winning the Purebred Arabian conditions contest over 1850m where he finished a head in front of Messine De Sinuhe with Sehab a further length and a quarter behind in third. Bronze Maquette was back to winning ways under Alberto Sanna, when the Mohammed Hussain-trained 5yo filly, who had won twice this season before finishing runner-up in her penultimate run a month back, won the 1400m Thoroughbred classified stakes for fillies and mares by half a length from Botanica with Qatar Dance a further length and a quarter adrift in third place.
Eduardo Pedroza rode a winner for Qasim Mohammed when partnering Piedades to victory in a 1600m Thoroughbred handicap by a head from Dubawi Hundred and Dubawi Flame, who were both denied a second straight success. Like Jassim, Ibrahim Al Malki and Alban de Mieulle were the other trainers to register more than one success Thursday night. Al Malki claimed his first victory when the Faleh Bughanaim-ridden Adham beat Charme Secret by two and a half lengths to win the 1200m Thoroughbred conditions ace with Pipe Bomb settling for third and his second success arrived on the back of Topsy Turvy, who held on to win a 1600m Thoroughbred handicap under Stephan Ladjadj in a race where Stevie’s Wonder was second and Shabbab third, a further five lengths adrift.
Meanwhile, De Mieulle made it to the winner’s enclosure first when Gaetan Faucon rode Shidad to success by a neck in the 1600m Local Thoroughbred maiden in what was his fourth career run. Al Ajdal and Khat Al Nar were second and third respectively. De Mieulle and Faucon later combined to win the 1400m Purebred Arabian maiden when Muzn won the race by a comfortable two and a half lengths from Diego Des Vialettes with Aly’Maqam in third. The feature race on Wednesday’s all-dirt card, the 1200m Umm Al Houl Cup for Thoroughbreds, was won by the Mohammed Jassimsaddled Lupie, who claimed an easy length and a half win under Marvin Suerland in a race Black Granite was second and Victory Laurel third a further half length behind.
Trainer Mubarak Al Khayrin also made an appearance in the winner’s enclosure when Jean Baptiste Hamel helped Polaris bounce back to claim the 1100m Thoroughbred handicap after his 14th of 15 placing a month earlier. Apicus was second a half length behind while Go For Broke claimed third a neck behind. Jassim Mohammed enjoyed a 1-2 in a 1200m Purebred Arabian conditions race when Caid De L’Ardus powered home under JP Guillambert and edged Samjida by a neck at the wire with the Mohammed Jassim-schooled Al Marboush a further neck behind in third.
The 1200m Local Purebred Arabian handicap was won by Al Malki’s Afreetah, who was a half length ahead of Rahibah at the post with Taima a neck behind in third. Trainer Pierre Deymonaz and jockey Richard Mullen combined for success when Namroud was adjudged winner of the Local Purebred Arabian maiden in a photo finish from Musaitir. The pair turned the 1700m contest into a match in the final straight with the rest fading after the final turn. Ibn Maeri Al Naif was third six lengths behind.