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Dazzling runs by Sharesa, Ebraz

Dazzling runs by Sharesa, Ebraz

Tribune News Network
Trainer Julian Smart had a big smile across his face as his wards Ebraz and Sharesa, both ridden by Theo Bachelot, landed the two biggest races on the HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy Day at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club Racecourse on Thursday.
Ebraz provided him the first success of the day as the HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Thani-owned six-year-old gray colt shot from behind pace-setter Carab (Marco Casamento) and Easter De Faust (JP Guillambert) to come to the fore.
Just when Tayf was beginning to shift into top gear from outside, Ebraz galloped hard to get past him and win the QR300,000 Cup race (Group1 PA) by half a length. Both had contested the 2017 HH the Amir’s Sword race and Ebraz had beaten him that time as well.
This was the fourth race of the season for Ebraz and good comeback from his third-place finish in last race in the Late Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani Trophy recently. This was his second victory and overall, the seventh winner in 20 races.
Spaghetti (Harry Bentley) was third six lengths. Meelad (Matheiu Pelletan) was fourth ahead of Easter De Faust.
It was later Sharesa’s turn to pull off a big victory in the HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy (1,600m) worth QR500,000, beating Molheb Al Naif by half length in a late but thrilling dash from outside.
After Debaah led the pace ahead of AJS Rayyan and Meqdam Al Zaidy, Bentley pushed favourite Molheb Al Naif to the front. When he was being challenged by Aahil, the Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed bin Khalifa al Thani’s six-year-old gray filly launched a brutal kick with less than 100m to go and went on to pass the Al Naif Racing’s star runner, who was looking for the ninth win in a row.
This was the third winner in as many runs for Sharesa this season and overall, a sixth victory in 13 races.
The third spot was claimed by Aahil (Ronan Thomas). AJS Al Rayyan (Tomas Lukasek) earned the fourth spot, beating Deebah (Pelletan) by four lengths.
Al Shaqab Racing’s Gtnah was piloted by to a short head triumph over Maxr in the HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Silver Cup (2,200m). The Alban de Mieulle trainee held on to her charge and edged to second win a row in the season. For the four-year-old gray filly, it was overall second triumph in saven races.
Annan (Bachelot) was third, three lengths adrift of Maxr, while AJS Moaddie and Daloob completed the top five.
Seventh last year, Al Muntathar ran a brave race to clinch the Majd Al Arab Purebred Arabian Sprinter Championship (Gr3), getting better of Kasser by a length. Bint Al Akaber was third under Ryan Curatolo. Highest rated Caid de L’Ardus managed the fourth spot, ahead of Zameer.
For the Sheikh Salman bin Jassim al Thani’s six-year-old gray colt, this was the first win in five races this season, taking his tally to three in 10. He also helped trainer Ibrahim al Malki and rider Eduardo Pedroze grab a double for the day.
The Umm Qarn Trophy was the fifth biggest race of the day, carrying QR200,000 prize money. Pedroza guided the 2018 HH the Amir’s Shalfa winner Pazeer to an easy win by over three and a half lengths. For the owner Abdulatif al Emadi, this was the first win by Pazeer in three races.
Jewel House (Ivan Rossi) was second two and a half lengths ahead of Khataaf, ridden by Jimmy Quinn. Al Shaman and Opera Baron got the fourth and fifth places, respectively.
Earlier in the day, Es’hail was led to the victory in the Very Nice Cup by Gerald Avranche. Qatari Gold failed to match the pace and was second by four lengths. Al Maftoon (Bentley) beat French Encore by less than a length to emerge the winner in the Charm Spirit Cup, while the Yasmeen Cup was claimed by Hajaam under Tomas Lukasek in a tight finish against Rich History.


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