Guillambert stars as Scudding tops Qatar Cup
Jockey rides four winners on the day including the feature-topper
JP Guillambert rounded up a great performance in the saddle with four victories, guiding Mohamed Riyaz-saddled Scudding to victory in the Qatar Cup at the Al Rayyan Park yesterday.
The Thoroughbred Conditions event for fillies and mares, yesterday’s 1,700m feature on dirt, saw Guillambert, riding in the colours of Khalifa bin Sheail al-Kuwari, guide the fouryear-old to a comfortable victory ahead of Marvin Suerlandhelmed Tea Leaf, who locked out the top two spots for the trainer.
Harry Bentley was astride Jassim Mohamed Ghazali-trained Hillside Dream to third.
Ghazali combined with Guillambert for his two victories earlier in the day.
Ghazali’s second victory of the day was a one-two with Guillambert-helmed Yaarmen, owned by Shaheen bin Khalid Shaheen al-Ghanim, winning the 1900m Thoroughbred Graduation Plate event, three quarters of a length ahead of Bentley and his ride, Perigee.
Guillambert even rode Ghazali’s Take A Nap to his maiden victory.
Scudding was Riyaz’s second winner of the day after Shaza Al Sulaimi registered her first career win, also with Guillambert as her partner.
Faleh Bughanaim, after coming close on the first two days of the season, snapped up two victories in quick succession, riding AJS Al Ruwais to victory in the Purebred Arabian Handicap event for horses rated 70 and below, before leading a Qatari onetwo in the Local Thoroughbred Handicap event for horses rated 75 and below astride Sandaan.
Hadi Nasser al-Ramzani’s ward, AJS Al Ruwais, edged out Riyaz’s charge, Fawwaz by half a length at the post, before Abdulla Sultan Ahmed al-Jabirsaddled Sandaan beat Al Ayyar, ridden by another Qatari jockey Rashid Ali al-Marri, by one and a half lengths.
Another rider, who had a double on the day, was Anas alSeyabi, who after guiding Khat Al Nar to his maiden victory in the first race of the card, helmed Ibrahim al-Malki’s Victory Laurel as the gelding topped the penultimate race of the day, the 1,100m Class 2 Thoroughbreds event.
Al-Ramzani too completed his double when Tomas Lukasek rode Tijan to victory in the Thoroughbred Handicap event for horses rated 75 and below.
Alban de Mieulle-schooled Akmar, owned by Umm Qarn, topped one of the four maiden races of the day.
Race 1: 1. Khat Al Nar (Anas al-Seyabi), 2. Al Huwailah (Harry Bentley), 3. Shaman Bu Thaila (Jimmy Quinn), 4. Sharhan Azzam (Faleh Bughanaim). Won by: 7 ¾, 2 ¼, 2. Time: 1:12.85. Owner: Subaiya Awad Ibrahim. Trainer: Mohamed Khaled Elahmed.
Race 2: 1. Take A Nap (JP Guillambert), 2. Acclaimed Dancer (Adnan Hawa), 3. Almasah (Stephan Ladjadj), 4. Qianlong (Harry Bentley). Won by: 7 ¾,
1 ½, ¾. Time: 1:11.82. Owner: Abdullah Mohamed al-Kuwari Sons. Trainer: Jassim Mohamed Ghazali.
Race 3: 1. Akmar (Ronan Thomas), 2. Fawwaz Al Shajaa (Rashid Ali al-Marri), 3. Wishah (Harry Bentley), 4. Broog Stefania (Saleem Golam). Won by: 1
¼, 3 ½, 13. Time: 1:19.88. Owner: Umm Qarn. Trainer: Alban de Mieulle.
Race 4: 1. Shaza Al Sulaimi
(JP Guillambert), 2. Jazalah (Ronan Thomas), 3. Alanoud (Jean Baptiste Hamel), 4. Yanar (Harry Bentley). Won by: ¾, 10,
6. Time: 2:00.97. Owner: Jassem Mohamed al-Badi. Trainer: Mohamed Riyaz.
Race 5: 1. Yaarmen (JP Guillambert), 2. Perigee (Harry Bentley), 3. Comrade in Arms (Saleem Golam),
4. Almakfee (Marco Casamento). Won by: ¾, 7, 1 ½. Time: 2:02.87. Owner: Shaheen bin Khalid Shaheen al-Ghanim. Trainer: Jassim Mohamed Ghazali.
Race 6: 1. AJS Al Ruwais (Faleh Bughanaim), 2. Fawwaz (JP Guillambert), 3. Udai Al Wajba (Harry Bentley), 4. AJS Al Maha (Tomas Lukasek). Won by: ½, 1
¼, 1 ½. Time: 2:01.28. Owner: Al Jeryan Stud. Trainer: Hadi Nasser al-Ramzani.
Race 7: 1. Sandaan (Faleh Bughanaim), 2. Al Ayyar (Rashid Ali al-Marri), 3. The Shark (Marco Casamento), 4. Al Khazileah (JP Guillambert). Won by: 1 ½, Shd, No. Time: 1:52.91. Owner: Ahmed Sultan Ahmed al-Jabir. Trainer: Abdulla Sultan Ahmed al-Jabir.
Race 8: 1. Tijan (Tomas Lukasek),
2. Magic Line (Rashid Ali alMarri), 3. Lawless Louis (Jean Baptiste Hamel), 4. Greyscape (Jimmy Quinn). Won by: Nk, 1 ¾, ½. Time: 1:12.17. Owner: Nasser Owaida Salem al-Hajri. Trainer: Hadi Nasser al-Ramzani.
Race 9: 1. Victory Laurel (Anas al-Seyabi), 2. Cristofano Allori (Stephan Ladjadj), 3. My Sharona (Marco Casamento), 4. Receding Waves (JP Guillambert). Won by: Nk, 1 ¾, ¾. Time: 1:04.76. Owner: Ibrahim al-Malki. Trainer: Ibrahim al-Malki.
Race 10: 1. Scudding (JP Guillambert), 2. Tea Leaf (Marvin Suerland), 3. Hillside Dream (Harry Bentley), 4. Festive (Marco Casamento). Won by: 1 ½, 1 ¼, ¾. Time: 1:51.09. Owner: Khalifa bin Sheail al-Kuwari. Trainer: Mohamed Riyaz.
JP Guillambert rides Scudding to victory in the Qatar Cup yesterday.
Al Shaqab Equestrian Facility Expert Majid Nasser al-Kaabi (centre) presents the owner’s trophy to Khalifa bin Sheail al-Kuwari after Scudding won the Qatar Cup at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club’s Al Rayyan Park yesterday.