Majeed wins Qatar Local Purebred Arabian Trophy
Our Majeed stayed true to his top billing, winning the feature race on day one of H.H. The Emir’s Sword Festival on Thursday. However, Alban de Mieulle’s ward, a consistent performer among the locally-bred Arabians, did not have it easy with Jassim Mohammed Ghazali-schooled AJS Al Rayyan coming scaringly close at the post under Harry Bentley’s ride. Early on, Julian Smart’s Ghizwan, ridden by Saleem Golam in the silks of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, set the pace in the 2000 m race with Majeed staying away from the leader. At the business end of the race, Majeed moved ahead with AJS Al Rayyan for company and even Smart ward Reda throwing in his hat. Eventually, naked eye wasn’t enough to differentiate between Majeed and AJS Al Rayyan, and the stewards took their time before the former was announced as the winner by tiniest of margins.