H.H. SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN KHALIFA AL THANI CUP (Gr. III PA) - TM Thunder Struck strikes for the third time!
DOHA (QAT), 11th DECEMBER 2018
Winner of the Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalifa Al Thani Cup in 2016 and 2017, TM Thunder Struck (Majd Al Arab) never faltered for this renewal, coming up the middle of the track to win for a third consecutive time in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Hamel.
Well position in the pack, the colt trained by Alban de Mieulle began to make up ground inside the final turn, still full of running. As soon it opened up in the straight, TM Thunder Struck surged up the center of the track and quickly took control of proceedings. Still on his heels in the final turn, Shabih Alreeh (Jaafers ASF) had to settle for second place, without ever been threatened by AJS Al Rayyan (Amer) who completed the podium.
A great American bloodline. TM Thunder Struck is a son of Majd Al Arab (Amer), who stands at Haras du Grand Courgeon. He is the most successful foal out of his dam, Bonnett (Burning Sand). She is a uterine sister to the champion Dixie Darlene (Wiking), winner of seventeen races including the Delaware Arabian Cup Distaff (Gr. I PA). She was voted Darley Champion 4 year old Filly and Darley Horse of the Year in 1998. Dixie Darlene then went on to become an excellent broodmare, and is the dam of Dixies Delight (Sam Tiki), winner of five Group I PA races, and Dixies Valentine US (Nivour de Cardonne), an eleven time winner and who holds two Darley awards, as well as Grilla (Kong), winner of three Group Is PA including the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Stakes at Houston. TM Thunder Struck’s second dam, BW Ali Catt (ZT Ali Baba), is also the dam of Mr Full Service (Sam Tiki), who won 20 races including the Arabian Cup Sprint Stakes and the Arabian Cup Godolphin Stakes (Gr. Is PA), as well as Ayers (Burning Sand), winner of twenty-three races.
|MAJD AL ARAB|
|TM THUNDER STRUCK (H7)|
|SAN LOU ROMIRZ|
|ZT ALI BABA|
|BW ALI CATT|
DOHA (QAT), 11th January 2018
H.H. SHEIKH ABDULLAH BIN KHALIFA AL THANI CUP
Gr. III PA - 4 year olds and over - 1,600m - QR 300,000
1st TM THUNDER STRUCK (60) H8
Majd Al Arab & Bonnett
Owner: Umm Qarn
Breeder: L.T Moak Warren
Trainer: A. de Mieulle
Jockey: J.-B. Hamel
2nd SHABIH ALREEH (60) H5
Jaafer Asf & Queen Kong
Owner: H.H. Sheikh M. Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Breeder: Al Shahania Stud
Trainer: J. Smart
Jockey: T. Bachelot
3rd AJS AL RAYYAN (60) H7
Amer & Mangaline du Loup
Owner: Al Jeryan Stud
Trainer: H. N. Rashid Al Ramzani
Jockey: Eduardo Pedroza
Other runner(s) in finishing order: Mahess du Soleil, AJS Gannas, Rasi, Zameer, Sehab, Yatzakhan, Lucky Sand & Meqdam Al Zaidy.
All Ran (11) – (Turf) – 1’44’’67
Distances: 1 – 3 ½ - 1 ½
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