Famous jockey Alberto Sanna led His Royal Highness Essa of Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Thani to victory yesterday at the Asva Cup, a feature race of the 7th competition at the Al Ukda Racecourse.
The four-year-old Colt won in length for trainer Rudy Nerbonne to win 42,750 QR in prize money for his connection. Trained by Alban Erie de Mule and ridden by Ronan Thomas, Matraz was Essa’s closest rival in the 1,400-meter race. QREC Racing Manager Abdullah Rashid al-Kubaisi has won the championship.
Meanwhile, Al Jeryan Stud’s Majd Al Arab emphasized his presence with a thoroughbred handicap (0-85) at 3YO +. Mohamed HK al-Attiyah saddle-mounted 4-year-old Bay Gelding overwhelmed his closest rival, Al Mohalhal, in a 1,200-meter contest under Szczepan Mazur.
Previously owned and ridden by Rashid Ali al-Saaq, the third order was accompanied by a powerful late run to land a 1,300m thoroughbred handicap (0-75). The eight-year-old boy sat down secretly late in the game to win in the neck.
Al Shaqab Racing’s Osaila earned a 2,100m local purebred Arabian handicap (0-75) at 4YO + with a length of 1½. The victory was her second on five outings. A 4-year-old mare trained by Eric Remartinel was successful by Fale Buganaim.
Khalid Abdulaziz al-Kuwari’s Selous (FR) won his fourth career start, this time under Soufiane Saadi. The 3-year-old Beycolt led the field with a 1,400m thoroughbred maiden plate, winning 2½ length for trainer Zhair Mosen.
UmmQarn’s Sweet Dream (QA) (Amer) was won by Jockey Thomas with a saddle in the opening race of the day. A 4-year-old child trained by De Mieulle was charged late at the 1,400m local P / A Maiden Plate for F & M to seal the victory.
Local Purebred Arabian Maiden Plate (Phillies & Mares)
Sweet Dream (QA), Alban Elie De Mieulle, Ronan Thomas
Thoroughbred Maiden Plate (3 years old only) (Class 6)
Selous (FR), Zuhair Mohsen, Soufiane Saadi
Local purebred Arabian handicap
Osaila (QA), Eric Lemartinel, Faleh Bughanaim
Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 5)
Third Order (IRE), Ali al-Marri, Rashid Ali al-Marri
Thoroughbred Handicap (Class 4)
Majd Al Arab (IRE), MHK al-Attiyah, Szczepan Mazur
Athbah Cup-Purebred Arabs Not Raced
Essa (FR), Rudy Andre Nerbonne, Alberto Sanna
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/707641/Sanna-guides-Essa-to-Athbah-Cup-win Sanna leads Essa to victory in the Asva Cup