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Bolthole (IRE) galloped to victory to claim the prestigious Group 2 HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy for Thoroughbreds in Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club’s (QREC) 42nd Race Meeting at the Al Rayyan Racecourse on Thursday.

Bolthole took his record to a new level with a black-type victory. The 4YO colt powered to victory by almost a length, completing a treble for Wathnan Racing and trainer Alban de Mieulle and even a quadruple for jockey Ronan Thomas.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani crowned the winners of His Highness’s Trophy.

Ali Al Kubaisi received the Trophy on behalf of Wathnan Racing following Bolthole’s victory in the day’s feature race, in presence of Bader Mohammed Al Darwish, Acting CEO of QREC.

Earlier, Trainer Julian Smart and jockey Jefferson Smith teamed up to complete a double on the day and again in the colours of Khalifa Bin Sheail Al Kuwari with Layeq (QA) winning the Ebraz Cup, having prevailed by almost two lengths in the 2000m open race for 4YO+ Local Purebred Arabians and recording his own second straight win.

Bader Al Balushi saddled an impressive winner in the 1400m Conditions for 4YO+ Local Thoroughbreds as Abdulatif Hussain Al Emadi’s homebred Black Pearl (QA) bolted up by five lengths, to win the Gazwan Cup, get rewarded for his last six placed finishes and give jockey Ronan Thomas a third winner on the day.

Trainer Alban de Mieulle saddled his second winner for Wathnan Racing on the day as Abida (QA) won the Assy Cup, a Conditions for 4YO+ Local Purebred Arabians.

In the hands of jockey Carlos Henrique, the 7YO mare managed to hold off challenges and win the 1400m race by half a length.

The Assy Thoroughbred Filly & Mare Cup went to the impressive Kerindia (IRE) in the colours of Injaaz Stud. Having been either a winner or placed in 8 of her 9 starts, the 3YO filly won once again for trainer Zuhair Mohsen and jockey Ronan Thomas, their second winner of the day.

Once asked for an effort, she stretched way clear of the field, winning the 1500m contest for 3YO+ by 7 lengths at the line.

Khalifa bin Sheail Al Kuwari’s Djalco (FR) came with a powerful run in the closing stages of the 1400m Handicap (70-90) for 4YO+ Purebred Arabians to land the spoils by a quarter of a length and take the Aziz Cup for trainer Julian Smart and jockey Jefferson Smith.

Hamad bin Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al Attiya’s Classic Order (GB) won the Jaafar Thoroughbred Handicap Cup.

Ridden by Soufiane Saadi, the 3YO gelding went one better than last time out, recording a length victory for trainer Zuhair Mohsen in the 1500m race for 3YO+ Thoroughbreds rated 60-80.

Wathnan Racing’s Tania (QA) (Al Mamun Monlau x Muhjah) maintained her excellent form as she added her second straight win this month.

The Alban de Mieulle-trained 5YO mare won the 1500m Djendel Novice Cup for 4YO+ Local Purebred Arabians by a length under jockey Ronan Thomas.

Trainer Rudy Nerbonne and jockey Lukas Delozier began the day picking up where they left off on Wednesday as they teamed up with the H.E. Sheikha Iman bint Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani-owned Haman (FR) to clinch a neck-victory from stablemate Fayq Al Shahania (FR) (Jaafer ASF) and win the 2000m Mared Al Sahra Premium Maiden Cup for 4-6YOs.

42nd Race Meeting - HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy

(Horse, Trainer,Jockey)

1 - HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani Trophy (Qa Gr2) - Thoroughbreds (Class 1) (Far Bend)

Bolthole, Alban Elie De Mieulle, Ronan Thomas

2 - Ebraz Cup - Local Purebred Arabian Open Race (Far Bend)

Layeq, Julian Colin Smart, Jefferson Smith

3 - Gazwan Cup - Local Thoroughbred Conditions (Far Bend)

Black Pearl, Bader Al Balushi, Ronan Thomas

4 - Assy Cup - Local Purebred Arabian Conditions (Far Bend)

Abida, Alban Elie De Mieulle, Carlos Henrique

5 - Assy Thoroughbred Filly & Mare Cup (Class 2) (Far Bend)

Kerindia, Zuhair Mohsen, Ronan Thomas

6 - Aziz Purebred Arabian Handicap Cup 70-90 (Far Bend)

Djalco, Julian Colin Smart, Jefferson Smith

7 - Jaafar Thoroughbred Handicap Cup 60-80 (Class 4) (Far Bend): Classic Order, Zuhair Mohsen, Soufiane Saadi

8 - Djendel Novice Cup - Local Purebred Arabian (Far Bend)

Tania, Alban Elie De Mieulle, Ronan Thomas

9 - Mared Al Sahra Premium Maiden Cup - Purebred Arabian (Far Bend)

Haman, Rudy Andre Nerbonne, Lukas Delozier.

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