Muntasar wins Qatar National Day Trophy (Gr2 P/A) 

Muntasar (Pierantonio Convertino up) came up with a stunning gallop down the final straight to win the Qatar National Day Trophy, a Gr2 Pure Arabian race (2.000 m).

Fouladh trounced his eight rivals in the Late Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani Cup, a local bred Pure Arabian race run over 10 furlongs. Fouladh raced nice and easy for the first half of the journey, allowing Dahash, Raihan and Laheeb Al Shahania to show the way till that stage. Jockey Pier Convertino showed him daylight on turning for home. The Umm Qarn-bred champion devoured ground thereafter and won with a measure of comfort.
Muntasar wins Qatar National Day Trophy

A brilliant turn of foot in the straight enabled Alban de Mieulle's Muntasar to assert his superiority over his six rivals in Qatar National Day Trophy, a Group II race for Pure Arabians, which featured the races at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club yesterday. Despite being eased up in the final furlong, the free-striding Muntasar crossed the winning post more than four lengths clear of the others.

De Mieulle had a cup double when Fouladh (Amer-Jaljalah) bolted to his second successive victory this season to win the Late Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Al Thani Cup, in a truly fashionable manner. The Umm Qarn bred champion looked the winner even as they entered the straight for the final run.

Dahash raced to the front soon on start with Raihan quick to move into second. Fouladh was right up with them and travelling beautifully. The Amer progeny cruised past them and led coming into the straight. The race ended there as far as Fouladh was concerned.

In a smooth action gallop, Foualdh with Pier Convertino in the saddle, sped away effortlessly and won by an impressive margin of four lengths. Laheeb Al Shahania, who was hampered for room along the rails, produced an eye-catching finishing effort that got him the runner-up berth. He covered considerable ground making his way through the inner rails and got past Dahash at the post.

"Fouladh had an easy race. He is one of the best local bred horses here. Al Shahania Stud's Assil is shaping to be the new champion and I believe that he will be the best horse this season. Muntasar is doing well but I am very disappointed with the condition of the track. It is in a very bad shape and I have not seen one like this in Qatar for so many years. We will see how Muntasar comes out after this race and decide where he will run next," trainer de Mieulle told the Gulf Times.
(16/12/2013)