FOOTPRINTINTHESAND was back to winning ways under Marvin Suerland, having recharged his batteries during a month long holiday, earning trainer Ahmed Kobeissi a fine success in the Al Jassasiya Cup at the Racing and Equestrian Club in Doha last week. Having finished third twice and second once after his success in November, the 6yo Footprintinthesand returned strongly to win the Al Jassasiya Cup, a conditions race for local Thoroughbreds over a mile, by a short head from Marjan, with Sraab taking third a further length and three-quarters behind.
It was Suerland’s second success after he rode the Zuhair Mohsentrained Apicus to a commanding four length win over Adham in a 1200m race for Thoroughbreds rated 71-85. Charme Secret was third during that Wednesday race, finishing just a neck behind. While Suerland claimed a double over the two days of racing, trainer Jassim Mohammed Ghazali and his stable rider Harry Bentley, both at the summit of their respective leaderboards, celebrated multiple victories over the two days. The pair made it yet another lucrative week, opening their account with Muraqabah in the Local Thoroughbred Sprint over 1200m, their runner finishing a length ahead of Daleem, with Al Mazrooah a neck behind in third.
Muraqabah’s success was followed up by Aziznef’s win in the 1800m handicap for Purebred Arabians, where the 5yo edged Fawwaz by a neck, with She’ris finishing third, a length and a half behind. The duo pulled further away from the chasing pack in their respective standings Thursday night with Hillside Dream shedding her maiden status in her first ever run, a Thoroughbred maiden over 1400m. Hillside Dream won a tightly contested race by finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Poet’s Song, with Moueenn taking third a further neck behind. Another success was lapped up by the pair when Flying Empress won the Thoroughbred handicap for fillies and mares rated 76-90 by a length and a half from Fadak, with Harry’s Dancer placing third.
Ghazali enjoyed a third success on the night, but this time with Jean-Pierre Guillambert steering Teejann to a two and a half length win over Namroud in the Local Purebred Arabian maiden over a mile. Semwo settled for third, a length and three-quarters behind. The Local Purebred Arabian handicap (90 and below) over 1400m was won by the Mohammed Hussain-trained Al Aayar, who beat Kasser by a length and a quarter with Al Fouz trailing by the same distance to take third.
Tomas Lukasek won trainer Hadi Al Ramzani the Thoroughbred classified ctakes over 1850m, when riding Blazers Rock to a comfortable length and threequarters win over Black Treacle, with Abbey Village taking third, a further neck behind. Blazers Rock was the second success of the week for Al Ramzani and Lukasek, who were at the podium Wednesday night when Cueca beat Al Nehayy by a length and a half to win a conditions contest for Thoroughbreds rated 56-70, over 1700m, where Digital Rebellion was a distant third. Trainer Julian Smart’s only success of the week came with Meghwaar who finished half a length ahead of Rasi, with Mindza back in third by a head in the conditions race for Purebred Arabians over 1850m.
Qaiser picked his first career success in the Purebred Arabian maiden, over 1800m, racing clear of his rivals to win by a stylish seven lengths from Kufoo, with Mohssn taking third. The Thoroughbred Handicap (71-85) over 1200m turned out to be a close contest, with Al Gomry winning by a neck from Gold Trade and Palmetto Dunes finishing third by a head. The Deborah Mountain-trained Drillmaster recorded his second straight vivtory when the 4yo was victorious in the Thoroughbred classified stakes over 2000m, under Adrie de Vries, beating Generalship by a length and a half, with Karraar a short head behind in third.
Ibrahim Al Malki found himself in the winner’s enclosure when his 7yo charge Victory Laurel stopped the highly fancied My Sharona from making the 1000m Al Ghariya Cup her third straight success. Ridden by Eduardo Pedroza, Victory Laurel sprinted to a half-length win, with Sandbetweenourtoes settling for third, a neck behind My Sharona.