Trainer Ibrahim Al Malki saddled a hat-trick of Thoroughbred winners at last weekend’s races in Qatar, with Juventas and Al Uraiq Secret providing a double success on Thursday to add to First To Post’s stunning victory on Wednesday. Meanwhile, trainer Mubarak Al Khayarin picked up two awards after both his runners Al Marboush and Receding Waves produced near identical late bursts to win their respective dirt and turf events which were the feature races of either night. On Wednesday, Al Marboush showed his incredible turn of foot en route to winning the 1700m Al Rumailah Cup for Purebred Arabians.
Injaz Stud’s Al Marboush, out of Qadira De Faust, showed both Al Qatari and Maazouz, like him, sons of Amer, what it is to be blessed with a good turn of foot as he stormed through the chink spotted by J-P Guillambert, who was riding him for the first time. Locked in behind Al Qatari and Tameh, who was fourth, Al Marboush made his way with a sudden shift of gears in the last half furlong to win by a neck from Al Qatari, with Maazouz a further half length behind in third. Running closer to the rails, Al Marboush settled in third by the first turn and slipped back a spot when taking the second and final turn towards home. But with a furlong left, Guillambert had him in a position from which to make a final push and the Mubarak Al Khayarintrained 6yo responded well showing good heart to win in 2:01.48.
Al Marboush’s previous win was over the shorter 1200m trip in April, when he had won under Champion Jockey Harry Bentley, who had partnered him to his only other wins. On Thursday, it was Receding Waves’ turn to impress in the 1400m Ain Khaled Cup. The race panned out in pretty much the same fashion as the Al Rumailah Cup and the 3yo bay colt ran on strongly, taking victory by a neck after rider Tadhg O’Shea found him a clear path. Binzart was second with Bluebeard a close third. In other races on Wednesday, the Sheikh Faisal bin Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani-owned First To Post opened the account for Al Malki and enhanced his reputation as a 1200m runner, claiming his third victory over the distance in the Class 3 Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 76-90, this time under Alberto Sanna.
The Smart One, trained by Bustawi Ismail and ridden by Gerald Avranche was second, while Alsefra finished third. The 1800m Thoroughbred Handicap for horses rated 46-60 was won by a comfortable six lengths by Hussein Ashoor’s Atori, with Dominic Cork and Qat Flyer taking second and third respectively. In local Thoroughbred action, Raad Al Zaeem picked up the handicap honours for horses rated 80 and below, running the 1200m distance in 1:14.04. It was Guillambert’s first success of the night; he would later win a fine race aboard Al Marboush. Deborah Mountain’s charge Palmetto Dunes erased memories of his sixth place finish a week earlier to win the Class 6 Thoroughbred Maiden Plate over 1200m under Stephan Ladjadj. Farendole, who challenged him for a bit, finished second with China Club taking third.
In the Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate over 1200m, Al Mazyounah opened her account under Avranche when beating Bayan into second, with Fhoud Al Shajaa third. Damas claimed the Purebred Arabian Maiden honours over 1700m with Jefool Al Jazeera and Secret Angel rounding off the top three in that order. In other turf races on Thursday, Molheb Al Naif was a comfortable winner in the 1600m Local Purebred Arabian Handicap for runners rated 60-90, with Bayriq and Dheeb Al Shajaa finishing second and third. In local Thoroughbred action for 4yo+ colts and geldings over 1200m, Footprintinthesand beat Mutawassal into second with Zahrah third, while the Thoroughbred Plate (1400m) for fillies and mares was won by the Al Malki-trained Juventas who completed a hat-trick of wins for the trainer after Al Uraiq Secret’s success in the Local Thoroughbred Plate over 1600m.
Al Uraiq Secret won ahead of Asaaf, with Musaiter Bu Thaila in third, while Juventas had finished ahead of Apicus and Ventura Shadow in that order. The Purebred Arabian race (1400m) for 3yo fillies was clinched by Humam who beat Waqaar and Jalwa Al Jazeera easily. Azzam won a closely contested Thoroughbred Maiden Plate over 1850m beating King Of Doha by a head, with Al Maftoon a further two and a half lengths behind in third.