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Al Wajba Cup hat-trick by Topsy Turvy.

Tribune News Network DOHA It was a day of trainer Ibrahim al Malki and his ward Topsy Turvy, owned by Sheikh Faisal al Thani during the 28th Race Meeting on Thursday. On the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Racecourse's dirt track, the eight-year-old bay gelding used his splendid fitness and dashed brilliantly at the command of rider Tomas Lukasek to clinch the Al Wajba Cup Class 2 1,900m (for Thoroughbreds) for the third year in a row. Initially he was challenged as High Commander moved to the front, followed by Ajjlan. Travelling well and powerfully, Topsy Turvy however regained the initiative and continued to push the pace. A little before the final bend, Topsy Turvy began clicking gears and created a gap that was too wide for other to reduce. He easily won the feature race with two and a quarter lengths ahead, helping trainer Malki to complete a fine quadruple. The result also wrapped up a thrilling double each for owner Sheikh Faisal and rider Lukasek. This was the third victory in four races in the season for Topsy Turvy, which boosted his winners to 17 in 40 starts. Eduardo Pedroza rode him to the victory in the same race last year after Saleem Golam helmed him to the success in 2018. Mohanad Jassim al Yaqout-owned Karrar, ridden by Anas al Seyabi, edged Engineer Hassan Alabdulmalik's Shabbab by a head to finish second -- his best result this season. Vitally Important, owned by Saeed al Naimi, was second last year but managed fourth ahead of High Commander, a trainee of Jassim Ghazali and owned by Mansoor al Mahmoud. Earlier, Lukasek commanded Fuwairat, another Sheikh Faisal's runner, to victory in the Purebred Arabian Graduation Plate 1,700m with a four-length margin against Shabih Alreeh, ridden by Faleh Bughanaim. Naima was third, finishing 10 lengths behind. This was the second win in 10 races in his debut season. Malki's two other trainees Cool Exhibit and Sea The Light posted their first wins in Qatar. The former was led to the triumph by Leo Salles when the Al Bida Racing's four years old bay gelding beat Romantic Heart by three lengths in the Thoroughbred Novice Plate (Class 6) 1,200m. Owned by Mohamed Abdulmalik, Sea The Light, with Anas al Seyabi astride, outsprinted Al Shomos by two lengths to win the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate 1,200m. Lehwaila, another Malki trainee, was third. Hamad al Jehani's four-year-old bay colt Zarandi extended his impressive spell of success. Carlos Henrique guided him to a length's victory against Lo De Nalane in the Thoroughbred Handicap 1,200m (Class 4). After settling down well in his debut season, Zarandi posted his third win in last four runs. Succeed and Excel won the first race in 16 starts for owner Engineer Dhafi Rashid al Marri as the Mohammed Hussain Afroz's nine-year-old ward beat Eledeed by two lengths in the Thoroughbred Handicap 1,700m (Class 5). Hard Forest was third, more than five lengths off the winner. Theo Bachelot rode the Khalifa bin Sheail al Kuwari's Al Mujahaz to an easy win over Damon Runyon in the Thorougbhred Maiden Plate 1,700m (Class 6) and Al Moatasem al Balushi took Al Hindi past the finish line in the first place in the Local Thoroughbred Maiden Plate 1,200m for three years olds. The Al Majd Stud's runner beat Al Sareh by one and a half lengths to savour the taste of the first win.28th Race Meeting Results (dirt)Al Wajba Cup Day LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (3 Year Olds) 1,200m Prize Money: QR45,000 (1st 25,650 2nd 9,900 3rd 4,950) 1.Al Hindi (Al Moatasem al Balushi), 2.Al Sareh (Tomas Lukasek), 3. Arandas (Anas al Seyabi) Won by 1.5, 0.75. Time 1:16.98 Owner: Al Majd Stud. Trainer: Osama al Dafea LOCAL THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE 1,200m Prize Money: QR45,000 (1st 25,650 2nd 9,900 3rd 4,950) 1.Sea The Light (Anas al Seyabi), 2.Al Shomos (Al Moatasem al Balushi), 3.Lehwaila (Mustafa Manav) Won by 2, 2.25. Time 1:14.23 Owner: Mohamed Abdulmalki. Trainer: Ibrahim al Malki THOROUGHBRED MAIDEN PLATE (Class 6) 1,700m Prize Money: QR45,000 (1st 25,650 2nd 9,900 3rd 4,950) 1.Al Mujahaz (Theo Bachelot), 2. Damon Runyon (Leo Salles), 3. Gold Fleece (Soufiane Saadi) Won by 3.75, 2.5. Time 1:48.77 Owner: Khalifa bin Sheail al Kuwari. Trainer: Mohammed Jassim Ghazali THOROUGHBRED NOVICE PLATE (Class 6) 1,200m Prize Money: QR45,000 (1st 25,650 2nd 9,900 3rd 4,950) 1.Cool Exhibit (Leo Salles), 2.Romantic Heart (Theo Bachelot), 3.Rex Place (Alexander Reznikov) Won by 3, 0.75. Time 1:12.64 Owner: Al Bida Racing. Trainer: Ibrahim al Malki PUREBRED ARABIAN GRADUATION PLATE 1,700m Prize Money: QR50,000 (1st 28,500 2nd 11,000 3rd 5,500) 1.Fuwairat (Tomas Lukasek), 2.Shabih Alreeh (Faleh Bughanaim), 3. Naima (Ivan Rossi) Won by 4, 10. Time 1:58.89 Owner: Sheikh Faisal al Thani. Trainer: Ibrahim al Malki THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 5) 1,700m Prize Money: QR50,000 (1st 28,500 2nd 11,000 3rd 5,500) 1.Succeed and Excel (Meteb Ali al Marri -5kg), 2.Eledeed (Luca Maniezzi), 3. Hard Forest (Tomas Lukasek) Won by 2, 3.5. Time 1:51.06 Owner: Eng Dhafi Rashid al Marri. Trainer: Mohammed Hussain Afroz THOROUGHBRED HANDICAP (Class 4) 1,200m Prize Money: QR55,000 (1st 31,350 2nd 12,100 3rd 6,050) 1.Zarandi (Carlos Henrique), 2.Lo De Nalane (JP Guillambert), 3.Bint Saffian (Tomas Lukasek) Won by 1, 0.75. Time 1:12.33 Owner: Hamad al Jehani. Trainer: Hamad al Jehani AL WAJBA CUP 1,900m Prize Money: QR100,000 (1st 57,000 2nd 22,000 3rd 11,000 4th 6,000 5th 4,000) 1.Topsy Turvy (Tomas Lukasek), 2.Karraar (Anas al Seyabi), 3.Shabbab (Pierantonio Convertino), 4.Vitally Important (Al Moatasem al Balushi), 5.High Commander (JP Guillambert) Won by 2.25, head, 2, 0.25. Time 2:03.32 Owner: Sheikh Faisal al Thani. Trainer: Ibrahim al Malki

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