Rajeh powers to victory in Owners Cup
Four wins for trainer Ghazali on opening day even as Injaz Stud goes home with three winners.
Tomas Lukasek steered Rajeh to victory in the Owners Cup on the opening day the 2019-2020 racing season at the sand course of the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) in Doha on Wednesday.
Rajeh was challenged by Baker De Saularie (Ryan Curatolo up) but the colt held on in the final stretch to emerge winner, with Lukasek doing a fine job. The jockey had two other winners on the day.
Rajeh, the five-year-old colt from Al Shahania Stud, did not have a great season in 2018-2019, failing to win even one race from six starts. As such, he was not the favourite over the 1900M race. In fact, the battle was expected to be between Al Walid and Baker De Saularie who had a much better 2018-2019 season than Rajeh.
On the day though, Rajeh was unstoppable. The win on the first day has triggered optimism for Rajeh’s owners, who entered only one horse on the eight-race card framed for the day. They hit the jackpot, Rajeh winning QR57,000 from the QR100,000 purse for the Owners Cup.
Rajeh’s trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali, tasted success in three other races. Rajab won the Purebred Arabian Plate, while Al Mustafiz topped in the Local Purebred Arabian Conditions race and Izzthatright won the Thoroughbreds (Class 2).
For Injaz Stud too it was a good outing as three out of their four horses finished in front.
|1. THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6)|
|1. Horse: Southernmachoman (USA); Trainer: Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani; Jockey: Tomas Lukasek|
|2. Shellbrook (GB); Gassim Mohammad Ghazali; JP Guillambert|
|3. Almasah (IRE); Abdulla Sultan Ahmed Al-Jabir; Faleh Bughanaim|
|2. LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE|
|1. Hashtag Al Galayel (QA); Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki; Anas Al Seyabi|
|2. Al Khor Surprise (QA); Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki; Eduardo Pedroza|
|3. Sarat Abha (QA); Hadi Nasser Rashid Al Ramzani; Ryan Curatolo|
|3. PUREBRED ARABIAN MAIDEN PLATE|
|1. Rajab (QA); Gassim Mohammad Ghazali; JP Guillambert|
|2. Ghazwan Al Shajaa (QA); Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi; Ali Khalid Al-Mosallam|
|3. Forgehill Chiraz (FR); Hassan Ali Hassan Al Matwi; Rashid Ali Al-Marri|
|4. THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5)|
|1. Beach Samba (IRE); Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi; Ryan Curatolo|
|2. Tadeem (IRE); Gassim Mohammad Ghazali; JP Guillambert|
|3. Bint Saffian (IRE); Bader Al Balushi; Meteb Ali Al-Marri|
|5. PUREBRED ARABIAN HANDICAP|
|1. Khor Al Adaid (QA); Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi; Tomas Lukasek|
|2. Badda (FR); Alban Elie Marie De Mieulle; Faleh Bughanaim|
|3. Aneeq (QA); Ahmed Mohamad Kobeissi; Ryan Curatolo|
|6. LOCAL PUREBRED ARABIAN CONDITIONS|
|1. Al Mustafiz (QA); Gassim Mohammad Ghazali; Alexis Pouchin|
|2. Rassan (QA); Gassim Mohammad Ghazali; Al Moatasem Al Balushi|
|3. Kasser (QA); Mohammed Ali Yousef Al Sheeb; Faleh Bughanaim|
|7. THOROUGHBREDS (Class 2)|
|1. Izzthatright (IRE); Gassim Mohammad Ghazali; Alexis Pouchin|
|2. Munira Eyes (USA); Ibrahim Saeed Ibrahim Al Malki; Eduardo Pedroza|
|3. Receding Waves (GB); Mohammed Gassim Ghazali; JP Guillambert|
|8. OWNERS CUP|
|1. Rajeh (FR); Gassim Mohammad Ghazali; Tomas Lukasek|
|2. Baker De Saularie (FR); Osama Omer E Al-Dafea; Ryan Curatolo|