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Ray Fuentes helmed Ahmed Kobeissi-saddled Sraab to the mare's second straight victory this season in the Halul Island Cup for local Thoroughbreds at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club's (QREC) Al Rayyan Park yesterday.
In the penultimate race of the day, Qatari jockey Faleh Bughanaim did well to guide Footprintinthesand to the six-year-old's eighth career win, even as Umm Qarn's Marjan was second ahead of Kobeissi's other charge in the race, Sraab. Fiocchi registered his first victory in Qatar this season, with a comfortable win astride Abdulahadi Mana al-Hajri's Skate in the Class 2 Thoroughbred Conditions event yesterday.
Sraab, also trained by Ahmed Kobeissi like Footprintinthesand, was third.
Alban de Mieulle trained Zahrah plunged into an all out offensive in the final furlong and launched a fiery gallop to outrun Sraab and Amirat Al Qaloob to score a thrilling victory in the Umm Al Afai Cup, a Local Thoroughbred Conditions race for Fillies and Mares, which featured the races at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club yesterday.
This is when Zahrah and Sraab warmed up and started to bridge the gap at a brisk pace.
5th race: Al Hareth (Harry Bentley) 1, Footprintinthesand 2, Mutawassal 3, Sraab 4.
Sraab also finished with a late burst but could only finish third.