Nashmi wins the Al Wajba Cup 

Nashmi wins with Marvin Suerland the Al Wajba Cup in a tight finish. Jockey Marvin Suerland got Nashmi into a striking position as the field entered the straight for the final run and pushed his way to take over the lead with 300 metres left from the wire. Julian Smart-saddled Aziz Al Shahania came with a flourish towards the closing stages, but was unable to get past Nashmi.
Suerland rides Nashmi to thrilling Al Wajba Cup win

The Al Wajba Cup had just six runners, yet it panned out to be an extremely electrifying race. The supporters of each of the two contenders had a lot to shout about at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club yesterday. Alban de Mieulle trained Nashmi (Marvin Suerland up) fought brilliantly to stave off the challenge of Aziz Al Shahania in a scintillating two horse finish in the Pure Arabian Advanced Plate which carried a purse of QR 100,000.

Maseh took the lead soon on start and Nashmi galloped just behind the leader. Guillambert kept Aziz Al Shahania in a handy fourth position, waiting for the right moment to strike. The race took a serious turn midway up the straight when Nashmi went past Maseh. The Julian Smart saddled Aziz Al Shahania emerged with a fiery run full of power and challenged Nashmi. A terrific battle ensued between the two. Nashmi was unrelenting to the pressure as he fought every inch of the ground with Aziz Al Shahania. The duo went past the winning post locked together and the photo finish revealed that Nashmi had won by a shorthead.
(19/12/2013)