Majeed capped off a tremendous Thursday for owners Umm Qarn, trainer Alban de Mieulle and jockey Olivier Peslier as he rounded off a night of trebles for each at the Racing and Equestrian Club in Doha. Majeed had won a conditions race in November and placed second in the Group 2 Qatar National Day Trophy last month, but he ran on strongly here and held on to claim the HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy, a conditions race for local Purebred Arabians and also the feature race of the night over 1600m, by a neck from the Julian Smart-trained Taraf. Another Smart-handled runner, Reda, placed third, a length and a half behind.
Raedah set the early pace, but after rounding the final turn Majeed and Taraf expended every bit of energy with the De Mieulle-handled 7yo holding on to claim a closely contested affair. De Mieulle and Peslier had earlier combined to win two other Purebred Arabian races for Umm Qarn when TM Thunder Struck and Yazeed finished first in their respective races. TM Thunder Struck was in a class of his own in winning the Group 3 HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani Cup over 1600m on turf as he finished a massive five lengths clear of Smart’s Ba’sil, with the Jassim Mohammed Ghazali-handled Carab taking third.
On the other hand, Yazeed had to strive hard for success, but did enough to finish half a length ahead of the Smart-trained Ebraz, whose stablemate Shabih Alreeh placed third. While the night turned out to be a disappointing one for Smart, who came close on numerous occasions but was denied entry into the winner’s circle, Jassim collected doubles over each of the two nights. On Thursday, after Almuheet beat stablemate Istibdad to win the Majd Al Arab Spinter Championship for Purebred Arabians over 1100m with Mutazz in third, The Blue Eye made the Umm Qarn Cup his sixth straight success under Harry Bentley, winning the 2200m race by a length from Fundamental and Duke Of Dundee who were locked in a dead-heat.
Ibrahim Al Malki was the other trainer to claim a double Thursday night. First, Could Be beat Pleiades by two lengths in a Thoroughbred handicap over 1600m with Dark Light filling third, then Salem Golam made sure Crafted edged Altarsheed by a short head, with Sunley Pride finishing third by a further neck in another handicap run over 2000m. Muhammad Hussain and Gaetan Faucon combined as Succeed And Excel won his 1600m race by a length from Shadow Game, with Crisscrossed a further half length behind in third, while Ahmed Kobeissi and Alan Munro were the other trainer and jockey combination to step onto the podium Thursday, when Sraab picked up what was his third success of the season when adding the 1600m Yasmeen Cup to his earlier Al Dibal Cup and Al Britha Cup successes.
It was another dominating performance from Sraab, who beat the highly fancied Footprintinthesand by a length and three quarters at the post with Saqr a further two lengths adrift in third. Apart from Jassim and Bentley, jockey Stephan Ladjadj was the third to claim a double on Wednesday’s card, which began with the Mohammed Al Sheebtrained Kasser winning a special conditions race for Purebred Arabians over 1200m. Ridden by Meteb Al Marri, Kasser took the lead instantly and finished a commanding seven lengths clear of Al Qassam, with Haddaj Dukhan taking third, a further five lengths behind. Ladjadj collected the first of his wins when the Khalid Al Nuamischooled Semwo shed his maiden status over 1200m, beating Udai Al Wajba by a length and a quarter with Tasabeeh Al Hana in third.
Ladjadj’s brace was completed when Pipe Bomb, saddled by Zuhair Mohsen, exploded to victory in a Thoroughbred handicap over 1200m to win by an unchallenged six lengths from Cueca, with Hillside Dream a length and a half behind in third. Incandescent ran out victorious in her first ever competitive outing when she claimed the Thoroughbred naiden for 3yos by a whopping seven lengths from Ras Al Qimmah, with Klaremount in third, a further three and a half lengths adrift. Jassim and Bentley picked up their first win on Wednesday night when Dubawi Hundred scratched off his maiden status in his second career outing, winning over 1800m by a length and a quarter from Moueenn, with Al Hazam in third.
Their second victory arrived cortesy of Third Dimension, who returned to winning ways under Bentley, who had ridden him to his previous success in April. Third Dimension travelled well to beat Baitha Alga by two lengths, with Upholland settling for third, a further five lengths behind. De Mieulle’s Hadeer proved unstoppable under Gaetan Faucon in the 1900m conditions contest for local Thoroughbreds, winning by a very comfortable eight lengths from Ammon, with Al Jamaaheer a close third. Charme Secret came up with the goods under Xavier Ziani to put trainer Mohammed Riyaz in the winner’s enclosure after he finished two lengths clear at the post from Scudding, with Farendole third by a neck. Ibrahim Al Malki picked up the night’s feature race for Purebred Arabians when Eduardo Pedroza ensured Mowhoubat Al Zaidy was three lengths clear of Hagwa at the post, with Samaa in third by a short head.