SHEIKH Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Najda, trained by Julian Smart, emerged as the winner of Al Huwaila Cup at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club last week.
Najda warded off the challenge from Shahaniya stable-mate Hagwa to register her third career win.
Marco Monteriso had the five-year-old stay midfield even as Mohammed Jassim Ghazali’s Messine De Sinuhe led on the back straight with Meqdam Al Zaidy right behind.
Coming off the final bend, Monteriso had his mount go through traffic while Richard Mullen had Hagwa pick up pace on the outside.
The duo soon went up front and Najda went past the post a little over a length ahead of Hagwa with Umm Qarn’s Sehab third under Jean Baptiste Hamel.