First time's a charm for Reynier in Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup
Jerome Reynier got off to the perfect start with his first runner in Qatar when Marianafoot won the feature Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cup at Doha.
The four-year-old, last seen winning a Listed contest in Deauville, beat Oisin Murphy's locally trained mount Black Granite and Top Face, under Pierre Charles-Boudot, who was also making his Qatar debut.
"He found all the right gaps at the right time," said Reynier, who trains in Calas, near Marseille. "He's in really good shape and finished the race well."
Reynier runs Royal Julius in Saturday's HH The Amir Trophy and added: "We're confident of a good run if he gets a bit of cover."
Ruth Carr won this race with Sovereign Debt in 2017, but the wait for another British winner went on after Salateen finished down the field for trainer David O'Meara.
"It was a disappointing run and he didn't travel like normal; usually he does his best work on the front end," said assistant trainer Jason Kelly. "We'll take him home, freshen him up and look for some fast summer ground."
Last year's Qatar champion jockey Harry Bentley had more luck on the night, riding a treble for leading local trainer Jassim Mohammed Gazali Jahromi.
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