Leading Qatari trainer Hamad Al-Jehani to train in Newmarket for Wathnan Racing

Champion-elect Qatari trainer Hamad Al-Jehani will move to Newmarket for Wathnan Racing.

Racecourse : Newmarket July (GB)
Racecourse : Newmarket July (GB) Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Al-Jehani, 35, began his training career in 2013 and is set to become the champion trainer in Qatar having already saddled 53 winners this season - ten clear of his nearest pursuer.

Al-Jehani currently trains a team of 80 horses in Doha but will make the move to Newmarket where he will initially handle a small number of horses for prominent owners Wathnan Racing.

"I am excited to have the chance to train in Newmarket. It's an amazing opportunity for me to work in this historic training centre," said Al-Jehani, who will be based in the lower yard of Tom Clover's Kremlin House Stable.

He added: "I have been attending the sales in Newmarket for many years and have long been an admirer of the world-class facilities. I'm really looking forward to getting started."

Olly Tait, Wathnan Racing adviser, said: "Hamad's had a brilliant first season training Wathnan horses in Qatar and we are delighted to be giving him this experience.

"Alban de Mieulle, who also trains for Wathnan in Qatar, takes a number of horses to France in the summer and had great success with Bolthole last year. It would be wonderful if Hamad could do something similar in Newmarket."

Tommy Allen, previously assistant to George Boughey, will join Al-Jehani as second in command.

Boughey said: "I am obviously very sorry to lose Tommy after what has been a hugely successful three years together, but he is leaving very much with our blessing.

"It's a great chance for him and I've no doubt he will be an enormous asset to Hamad Al-Jehani. Henry Morshead has worked with me and Tommy for the past season and will take over his place."

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