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Ghazali steals spotlight with 5 wins

Jockeys JP Guillambert and Ryan Curatolo ride home two winners each in third meeting at QREC.
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Anas Al Seyabi steers JS Wathanan to a win in the Al Ruwais Cup at the QREC on Wednesday. Photo: Juhaim Babu

Trainer Mohammed Ghassim Ghazali came away with five winners from an eight-race card in the third meeting of the racing season at the Qatar Equestrian and Racing Club on Wednesday.

Ghazali started the evening with a win and also wrapped up proceedings in a similar manner.

The Purebred Arabian Plate, the first race of the day, saw Ghazali-trained Wishah emerge a comfortable winner, with JP Guillambert steering the four-year old filly home.

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QREC CEO Nasser Sherida Al Kaabi (centre) hands over a memento to Mohammed Bin Bader Bin Abdulla Al Sada at the QREC on Wednesday. Photo: Juhaim Babu

In the final race of the evening, the Al Ruwais Cup run over 1,900M, another Ghazali-ward crossed the finish line well ahead of the field. AJS Wathanan, the seven-year-old gelding, piloted by Anas Al Seyabi, won by six-and-a-half lengths to claim the QR 57,000 top prize out of a total purse of QR100,000.

AJS Wathanan stayed true to the favourite’s tag, having won three races from eight starts last season. The Al Ghazali Stud-owned horse performed to expectations and left the rest of the runners far behind.

Jockeys JP Guillambert and Ryan Curatolo rode home two winners each on the day.

Apart from the first race, Guillambert steered another horse — Ebady — past the winning post first  in the Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate 1700M.

Curatolo guided home two winners — Ex Miss, a three-year-old bay filly and Technicolour, a six-year-old bay gelding in the Thoroughbred Maiden Plate and the Thoroughbred Handicap respectively.

RESULTS

PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE (Fillies & Mares) 1,200M
1. Wishah; RB: JP Guillambert; TB: MG Ghazali; OB: KBS Al Kuwari; WB: 6.5L; T: 01:21.81
THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6)
1. Ex Miss; RB: Ryan Curatolo; TB: AH Kobeissi; OB: HA Alabdulmalik; WB: 1.5L; T: 01:50.76
PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE 1,700M
1. Ebaady; RB: JP Guillambert; TB: MG Ghazali; OB: Injaaz Stud; WB: 4.25L; T: 02:03.61
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) (QATARI RIDERS ONLY) 1,700M
1. Warsaan; RB: Abdulaziz Jaber Dharman; TB: MG Ghazali; OB: KBS Al Kuwari; WB: 11L; T: 01:49.75
PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP 1,200M
1. Lolita Du Panjshir; RB: Eduardo Pedroza; TB: HAH Al Matwi; OB: HAH Al Matwi; WB: 5.5 L; T: 01:20.84
LOCAL THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP 1,200M
1. Tilal; RB: Harry Bentley; TB: MG Ghazali; OB: KBS Al Kuwari; WB: 2.75L; T: 01:14.42
THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 3) 1,800M
1. Technicolour; RB: Ryan Curatolo; TB: DA Clare Mountain; OB: AHA Abdulmalik; WB: 1.5L; T: 01:56.04
AL RUWAIS CUP 1,900m
1. AJS Wathanan; RB: Anas Al Seyabi; TB: MG Ghazali; OB: Al Ghazali Stud; WB: 6.5L; T: 02:16.53
Note: RB=Ridden by; TB=Trained by; OB=Owned by; WB=Won by; T=Time