In the local bred Pure Arabian Handicap race for horses rated 0 to 40 at the Qatar Race Club, Hassan Al Matwi schooled Jalmoud Al Jazeera notched a facile victory. The 1,700-metre trip contest was open to only Qatari rides and apprentices. It was a fine performance by Jalmoud Al Jazeera the final verdict of six lengths indicating the domination. Jalmoud Al Jazeera started off with a good lead and sped away from the rest of the pack to come home easily with Naif Al Hajri in the saddle. The Qatari rider was impressive in his victorious outing. It was a double delight for trainer Al Matwi as he had earlier successfully led Selhab Al Naif. Yousef Al Hajri rode the winner in the Pure Arabian Maiden Plate which had 14 horses in the field.
Even though there were 14 contestants it became a two-horse battle between Selhab Al Naif and El Zouarda. The 1,700-metre sojourn saw the two horses fighting it out for the top honours and it was Selhab Al Naif that edged El Zouarda in the last 50 metres.
In the Pure Arabian Handicap (for horses rated 35 to 60), it was victory for Al Jeali, schooled by Ibrahim Al Malki.
Al Jeali did not have problem in overcoming the challenge of Guide Al Khal and came home for a one-and-a-quarter length verdict in a time of one minute and 56.91 seconds. Guide Al Khal was good while taking the second spot and should make a mark in the near future.
Jassim Al Ghazali nurtured Hadeel unleashed a determined run from behind to pip Akhhal in the final few metres of the local bred Pure Arabian Handicap race (for horses rated 35 to 60). With this win, Hadeel ended a long wait.
Frenchman Gerard Avranche rode the winner. Jockey Pier Convertino took Akhhal on a start to finish journey but did not succeed as Avranche’s persistence paid off for Hadeel. It was a ‘neck’ margin victory for Hadeel.