Majeed tops off great evening for Umm Qarn, De Mieulle and Peslier 

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy, L/P P/A 4yo and older 1600 m

Majeed topped off what was a brilliant evening for Umm Qarn with Alban de Mieulle’s charge winning the big feature over a mile under Olivier Peslier’s ride on Thursday. A smart performer, who made a promising return last month with a runner up finish, Majeed stayed on the outside in the midfield, while stablemate Raedah set the pace up front. Coming off the bend, Raedah made way for the rest of the field, while down the field Majeed and Julian Smart’s Taraf, piloted by Sanna, upped their pace. With 100m to go, the race was about Majeed and Taraf, and Peslier’s mount held on well and a neck was the margin of victory.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Cup, Gr.3 P/A 1600 m

Qatar Gold Sword winner TM Thunder Struck was in a league of his own as the Umm Qarn horse, trained by Alban de Mieulle, romped to victory in the mile-long race he had won last year too. Olivier Peslier had his mount track early leader Carab, ridden by Pierantonio Convertino. Coming on to the final bend, Peslier hit the button and TM Thunder Struck was off, pulling away even as Julian Smart schooled Ba’sil pursued Carab behind him. The 7yo won by five lengths, while Ba’sil edged out Carab for the second spot.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Silver Cup, P/A 4yo only 2200 m

After finishing behind Julian Smart saddled Shabih Alreeh in the Derby Trials last month, Umm Qarn’s Yazeed did well to shed his maiden status in a race that was a stamina test for the entire field, with everyone stepping up to 2200m. Smart’s ward had taken the lead under Alberto Sanna, but was joined by stablemate Ebraz, ridden by Marco Monteriso in the colours of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, as the race reached the business end. Alban de Mieulle schooled Yazeed, helmed by Olivier Peslier, too moved up from midfield and had little difficulty easing past the leaders to win by half a length.
(12/01/2017)