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Wayside Flower surprises field en route to victory

Double for Guillambert, Maniezzi and Curatolo while Ghazali finishes second day on impressive note.
Wayside Flower
Lucca Maniezzi steers Wayside Flower to a win in the Al Ghariya Cup at the QREC race course on Wednesday. QREC Photo: Juhaim Babu

Wayside Flower, the five-year-old bay filly, which was not the firm favourite but was expected to finish in the top three, surprised many and emerged winner in the Al Ghariya Cup, the main event of the second day’s meeting of the 2019-2020 season at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) race course on Thursday.

The race for thoroughbred fillies and mares and which was run over a distance of 1400M saw jockey Luca Maniezzi steer the filly to a 1-1/2-length win in 1:22.71.

The Injaz Stud-owned horse did the stable and trainer Gassim Mohammad Ghazali proud with a superb run in the final stretch. The win earned the owners QAR57,000.

Trainer Ghazali was again the cynosure on Thursday with three of his horses finishing in the winner’s circle. In fact the Ghazali- JP Guillambert (jockey) combination proved very effective on the day. Guillambert steered the other two Ghazali trained horses – Noble Masterpiece and Al Hareth to wins.

Noble Masterpiece, the five-year-old gelding and Al Hareth, the eight-year-old bay horse, were hardly troubled in their races, winning by 1-1/2 and 1-1/4 lengths respectively.

Ryan Curatolo and Luca Maniezzi also notched up two wins each on the day.

Luca Maniezzi’s effort, helping three-year-old colt Ifreet to an 8-1/2L win in the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate, turned out to be the biggest winning margin of the day.

Wayside Flower Group
Jockey, owner and trainer of Wayside Flower at the presentation ceremony. QREC Photo: Juhaim Babu

RESULTS

Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate (3 Year Olds) 1,200M
1. Ifreet; RB: Luca Maniezzi; TB: Stefano Ibido; OB: AM Al Hajri; WB: 8.5L; T: 01:11.89
Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate 1,600M
1. Majhool Al Zaeem; RB: Ryan Curatolo; TB: AM Kobeissi; OB: AMH Al Sulaiti & Sons; WB: NK; T: 01:38.20
Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 3) 1,200M
1. Noble Masterpiece; RB:JP Guillambert; TB: GM Ghazali; OB: KBS Al Kuwari; WB: 1.5L; T: 01:09.85
Local Thoroughbred Handicap 1,600M
1. Sarmad Bu Thaila; RB: Ryan Curatolo; TB: MK Elahmed; OB: SA Ibrahim; WB: 2.5L; T: 01:38.10
Purebred Arabian Plate (3 Year Olds) 1,600M
1. Al Hazm; RB: Soufiane Saadi; TB: AEM De Mieulle; OB: Umm Qarn; WB: 2.25L; T: 01:46.18
Purebred Arabian Handicap 1,600M
1. Evolution Du Croate; RB: Anas Al Seyabi; TB: OE Al Dafea; OB: OE Al Dafea; WB: HD; T: 01:48.19
Local Thoroughbreds 1,200M
1. Al Hareth; RB: JP Guillambert; TB: GM Ghazali; OB: MBA Al Attiyah; WB: 1.25L; T: 01:10.58
Al Ghariya Cup 1,400M
1. Wayside Flower; RB: Luca Maniezzi; TB: GM Ghazali; OB: Injaz Stud; WB: 1.5L; T: 01:22.71
Note: RB=Ridden by; TB=Trained by; OB=Owned by; WB=Won by; T=Time