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Karraar edges out Third Dimension for feature win.

Group: Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club deputy chief steward Abdulla Rashid al-Kubaisi (third from right) with the winners of the Wathnan Cup after Mohanad Jassim al-Yaqout-owned Karraar won the 1900m race at the QREC yesterday. Below, Lukasek rides Karraar to victory in the Wathnan Cup. PICTURES: Juhaim

By Sports Reporter/Doha

Aslow start did no harm at the end of it all as Mohanad Jassimal-Yaqout-owned Karraar registered his second straight victory, thistime topping the Wathnan Cup, yesterday's feature at the Qatar Racingand Equestrian Club (QREC) yesterday. The Hadi Nasseral-Ramzani-schooled six-year-old beat Jassim Mohamed Ghazali-saddledThird Dimension for the second straight time, however, by a biggermargin this time, having beaten the Khalifa bin Sheail al-Kuwari-ownedgelding by a neck the last time. Yesterday, Tomas Lukasek had Karraarat the back of the pack after a slow start in the 1900m race on dirteven as Opera Baron and Pearl Bridge set the pace up front. The Czechjockey steadily moved his ride further staying on the outside, andpicking up pace coming off the final bend. Harry Bentley had ThirdDimension in pursuit on the home stretch but Karraar had a healthyadvantage as it went past the post a little over two lengths ahead ofthe competition. Ibrahim al-Malki-trained First To Post was third under Eduardo Pedroza. Thewin was Lukasek's second on the day, having ridden Owaida Salem Mohamedal-Hajri-trained Tijan to victory in the Class 5 Thoroughbred Handicapevent for horses rated 70 and below earlier in the day. ChampionJockey Bentley, meanwhile, combined with Ghazali's son, Mohamed, and thetwo had two winners on the day, including Sheail bin Khalifaal-Kuwari's Akdaar, who shed his maiden status in the opening race, andInjaaz Stud's Town Crier. Bentley-ridden Town Crier beat Lukasek'sride China Club by a quarter of a length to win Thoroughbred Handicapfor horses rated 75 and below. Besides, Bentley also guided anotherInjaaz Stud horse, Wayside Flower, trained by Ghazali Sr., in thepenultimate race of the day. Ghazali led a one-two in the race withanother Injaaz horse, Midaawi, finishing half-a-length behind under JPGuillambert. Another trainer who registered a one-two on the day wasMohamed Hussain, whose ward, Jakom, picked up a comfortable victoryunder Theo Bachelot's ride in the Local Thorougbred Handicap event forhorses rated 70-90. Jakom beat stablemate Absher, helmed by Marc Lerner, by a length for the victory. Bachelottoo had a double on the day, riding Al Shahania Stud's Shabah, trainedby Julian Smart, in the Purebred Arabian Handicap event, edging outHaddaj Dukhan, with Darren Williams astride, bythree-quarters-of-a-length. Deborah Mountain-trained Shabbabregistered his second straight victory when Saleem Golam rode thefour-year-old gelding to a victory in the Thoroughbred Handicap forhorses rated 85 and below. RESULTS Race 1: 1. Akdaar (HarryBentley), 2. Rich History (Marc Lerner), 3. Ras Mlaejy (MarvinSuerland), 4. Alhathrah (Jean Baptiste Hamel). Won by: 5 14, 7, 5.Owner: Sheail bin Khalifa al-Kuwari. Trainer: Mohammed Jassim Ghazali. Race2: 1. Tijan (Tomas Lukasek), 2. Truancy (Kelly Harrison), 3. King ofDoha (Gerald Avranche), 4. Substantiate (JP Guillambert). Won by: 3 1/4,1 1/4, 1 1/4. Owner: Nasser Owaida Salem al-Hajri. Trainer: OwaidaSalem Mohamed al-Hajri. Race 3: 1. Town Crier (Harry Bentley), 2.China Club (Tomas Lukasek), 3. Shaqran (Gerald Avranche), 4. Al Fouz (JPGuillambert). Won by: 1/4, 1 1/2, 1/2. Owner: Injaaz Stud. Trainer:Mohamed Jassim Ghazali. Race 4: 1. Shabah (Theo Bachelot), 2. HaddajDukhan (Darren Williams), 3. Khattab (Marvin Suerland), 4. Udai Al Wajba(JP Guillambert). Won by: 3/4, 9, 1 3/4. Owner: Al Shahania Stud.Trainer: Julian Smart. Race 5: 1. Shabbab (Saleem Golam), 2. ThirdOrder (JP Guillambert), 3. Technicolour (Faleh Bughanaim), 4. Poet'sSong (Tomas Lukasek). Won by: 6 1/2, 1 1/4, 3. Owner: Hassan AliAbdulmalik. Trainer: Deborah Mountain. Race 6: 1. Jakom (TheoBachelot), 2. Absher (Marc Lerner), 3. Mutawassal (Jean Baptiste Hamel),4. Al Ajdal (Faleh Bughanaim). Won by: 1, 1 1/2, 2 1/4. Owner: DhafiRashid al-Marri. Trainer: Mohamed Hussain. Race 7: 1. Wayside Flower(Harry Bentley), 2. Midaawi (JP Guillambert), 3. Shaka Zulu (SaleemGolam), 4. Hope Cove (Pier Convertino). Won by: 1/2, 1/2, 2 1/4. Owner:Injaaz Stud. Trainer: Jassim Mohamed Ghazali. Race 8: 1. Karraar(Tomas Lukasek), 2. Third Dimension (Harry Bentley), 3. First To Post(Eduardo Pedroza), 4. Opera Baron (Pier Convertino). Won by: 2 1/4, 61/4, 1 1/4. Owner: Mohanad Jassim al-Yaqout. Trainer: Hadi Nasser Rashidal-Ramzani.

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Date:Dec 21, 2017
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