BY PAUL SIMMONS
Winning the Dubai International
Owned by H H Sheik Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum,
trained by Mrs G Duffield, ridden by W Supple.
Day 18th July
Good to Firm
Emirates Breeders Society Premier Handicap Stakes (0-75) 7 Furlongs:
1. The Vertuous Crusader Mr. D Turner
2. Miss Moncrieff Mr. S Harrison
3. Bibi Royale Mr. M Smith
4. Izaak L. Treadwell
1, 2 1/2 , 4 20 ran Time: 01:40:30
by Mr. John Cook. Trained by Mr. A J Brunton. Bred by Mrs. L Humphrey.
seven furlong handicap was as predicted run at a breakneck pace,
with the market leaders all showing up prominently and the massively
gambled upon The Vertuous Crusader (Vert Olive X Crusaders Spirit
(Sky Crusader)) all was handily placed throughout. He was produced
to lead inside the final furlong and hard ridden to just hold
from the fast finishing Miss Moncrieff (Makzan X Zeinah (Samsheik))
. The latter ran a storming race on her first start for Tony Brunton
and came with a strong late run in the final furlong and went
down by an honourable length. Whilst the third Bibi Royale (Abitibi
X Chaldensford Royal Independent) held onto third after traveling
comfortably throughout, he was staying on at the finish and lost
nothing in defeat. Izaak (Izentespeshal X Milicent (Sha’Baan))ran
on well for fourth and showed a return to form under top weight.
Jumeirah International Stakes (Group 2) – 3 yrs old only-
1. Aljard R Hills
2. Circuit Chaser Mr S Walker
3. Danjani Mr. P Deymonaz
9, 4 6 ran Time: 01:40:30
by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum. Trained by Mrs. G Duffield.
Bred by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.
Stakes for three year olds was led from the start by the American
import Circuit Chaser who led the field at a fair clip from the
break, and was slowly upping the tempo from the half way stage.
Aljard (Vert Olive X Ester Du Paon (Cheri Bibi)) came from mid
field to lead in the final furlong and a half and gradually pulled
right away from the long time leader showing a smart turn of foot
to win by an easy nine lengths, this was an impressive performance
and this colt looks to be force to reckon with in the juvenile
events this season. Circuit Chaser (Virgule Al Maury X Miss Pfast
Track (Pfast Track)) made a promising debut but did all the donkey
work and perhaps too much use was made of him, he tired rapidly
in the final furlong but was still four lengths clear of the third,
he should come on for this tough debut but would have to improve
considerably to turn the tables on the winner. Danjani (Tidjani
X Russian Dancer (Dantist)) was outpaced and a little green in
the early stages but ran on purposefully in the final furlong
and was clear of the rest of the field, he looks to want further
and will be sharper next time out.
Hatta International Mares Stakes (Group 1) Mares Only 1 Mile 2
1. CS Camellia R Thomas
2. Dormah De Brugere Mr. P Deymonaz
3. Kolver Mr. S Walker
short head, head 9 ran Time: 02:25:42
and bred by Mr. D Brunton. Trained by Mr. A J Brunton.
Mares Stakes was a wide open but competitive affair on paper but
produced a blanket finish featuring three very smart fillies.
Dormah De Brugere was sent off favourite but once again did herself
no favours by jumping slowly out of the stalls. CS Kabira led
the field at a decent clip and was forcing the pace in the final
three furlongs, but was swamped by her elder sibling CS Camellia
who came with a strong charge in the final two furlongs and gamely
battled on with Dormah De Brugere to forge clear of the pack,
only Kolver was close who came with a wet sail in the final furlong
and she made up the trio involved in the blanket finish. CS Camellia
(Bengali D’Albret X Ciarosa (Ciato)) held on by a short
head from the gutsy Dormah De Brugere, both look incredibly smart
and CS Camellia who has always won her races easily with her ears
pricked really rallied hard here and showed a gusty attitude to
battle back and score from the second, she fulfilled a ten year
dream harboured by owner/ breeder Michael Brunton who was last
years Champion owner and has now bred and owned a Group 1 winner,
the dam is a straight Spanish half sister to World Champion Poseur.
Dormah De Brugere (Dormane X Ballade Folle (Djelfor)) fought like
a lion in the final furlong but couldn’t get past the impressive
winner, she remains a classy filly. Kolver (Vert Olive X Kenithra
(Djouras Tu)) came from nowhere in the final furlong with a lightening
charge down the center of the track, she was beaten into third
by less than neck; she has a smart turn of foot and is definitely
capable of landing a Group race based on this effort.
Dubai International Stakes (Group 1) 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
1. Eau Royal W Supple
2. Juma E Ahern
3. Azhar Verge C Lowther
5, 1 ¼ 9 ran Time: 02:19:77
by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum. Trained by Mrs. G Duffield.
Bred by EARL du Moulin, M W Orban.
Have Fun was
sent of the heavily backed favourite in the Dubai International
to atone for his defeat last year at the hands of Djourdan, he
was Richard Hills mount and all seemed confident. Have Fun jumped
off and into the lead from the start and set a decent pace, he
was increasing the pace from the final bend but was soon hard
ridden and Eau Royal (Djel Bon X Wednah) Sheikh Hamdan’s
second string was already stalking ominously. He hit the front
in the final furlong and scored readily showing a blinding turn
of foot to quicken clear in impressive style, he looked good at
Huntingdon but winning his first Dubai here he looked awesome.
Juma (Sambist X Jerba Du Paon) was unconsidered in the betting
as it was believed he needed a stiffer test of stamina, but this
gutsy stallion was always prominent and followed the winner through
in the final furlong and was staying on at the finish and although
a soundly beaten five lengths back in second he ran a blinder
and is clearly capable of landing more Group races this season.
The French raider Azhar Vege (Octavius X Almad) was a further
length and a quarter back in third and was finishing strongest
of the rest but looked a little tapped for toe. Have Fun the hot
favourite faded tamely in the final two furlongs and something
was clearly amiss.
Zabeel International Stakes (Group 1) 6 Furlongs:
1. Nizam D Bouland
2. Djoumis De Leyre M Fenton
3. Onassis II C Lowther
5, 1 ¼ 14 ran Time: 01:21:27
and bred by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin K Al Thani. Trained by M.A.
De Mieulle (FR).
Stakes was run at a breakneck speed from the start and the heavily
backed favourite Nizam was always up with the pace but seemed
penned in during the first three furlongs. Seeing daylight this
Nizam quickened up with an impressive turn of foot in the final
furlong, he was chased all the way by the fast finishing Djoumis
De Leyre who gave the favourite a fright in the dieing strides
and made him pull out all the stops and but he still won by a
fast diminishing neck at the line. Nizam (Amer X Nerva Du Cassou
(Baroud III)) has won a vast array of titles in Abu Dhabi including
the Presidents Cup, his sire Amer has sired several winners of
this race notably Al Anood and Mutabahi and all of Sheikh Abdullah
Bin K Al Thani’s runners at Newbury are to be feared as
they have such a high success rate, Nizam looks classy and beat
a useful field here in devastating style to show that he is still
improving. Djoumis De Leyre (Tidjani X Zina De Perron (Maliknoa))
ran a blinder in second after being prominent throughout, he came
with a late charge in the final furlong but the winner had already
gone for home, he was gaining with every stride at the line and
was a shade unlucky. The Belgium raider Onassis II (Dormane X
Baska (Markema)) was four lengths back in third and was keeping
on in the last furlong but seemed to get going a bit late.
Deira Handicap Stakes (0-90) 1 Mile 5 Furlongs:
1. CS Clarion Mr. P Collington
2. Pavots Dreamboy Miss E-J Jones
3. Muqdam Mr. P Deymonaz
4. Djelai Miss J Buckley
1 ¼, 1 ¾, 1 ½ 17 ran Time: 03:16:24
by Mrs. J K Farr. Trained by Mr. G Farr. Bred by Mr. M D Brunton.
Handicap Stakes was a typical testing affair with WFA Promotion
and Midnite Dream helping to force the pace. CS Clarion (Chndaka
X Cikada (Klarnet)) always seemed to be traveling smoothly under
Phil Collington and was brought with a well timed ride in the
final furlong to lead and got up in the final half furlong to
collar Pavots Dreamboy (Pavot Al Maury X Autumn Dream (Autumn
Royal)) by a length and a quarter, he fought hard in the final
strides and scored readily under his big weight. Pavots Dreamboy
was always well placed and came with his challenge in the final
two furlongs but perhaps hit the front too soon and was then anchored
by the weight, he seems to be returning to form and his turn isn’t
far away. Muqdam (NF Bolt X WF Wiktoria (Wiking)) ran another
fine race in third, prominent throughout he came with his run
in the final furlong and was staying on at the finish and went
down gallantly by a length and a quarter. Djelai (Djel Bon X Danaide
Al Maury (Baroud III)) stayed on dourly in the closing stages
and he seems to be running into form.
Easter Panic International Stakes (Anglo & PBA) 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
1. L’Escalou Mr. S A Walker
2. Ardente Sauvage P Makin
3. Faer Soar Miss E-J Jones
1 ¼, 7 6 ran Time: 02:18:63
by Mr. D Brunton. Trained by Mr. W Smith. Bred by Mme M Gaillard.
(Big John X L’Escale (Roseau D’Or)) landed his third
Easter Panic International race with another power packed performance
which saw him bolt home under another well timed ride from Simon
Walker. Faer Soar and Ardente Sauvage led the field from the start
and although L’Escalou was stalking he had to work hard
to get past the front two, he went for home two furlongs out with
Ardente Sauvage in hot pursuit; and although L’Escalou set
off for home in the final furlong with his characteristic turn
of foot he had to work hard to repel the late thrust of Ardente
Sauvage (Feu Ardent X L’Eau Sauvage)who ran a cracker of
a race to finish within a length of the winner. L’Escalou
is still the champion but Ardente Sauvage is only four and could
be improving, she battled on relentlessly in the final furlong
and it will be interesting to see these two meet again over a
mile. Faer Soar (Out Of Hand X Easter Panic (Panco)) set the pace
and plugged on for third in the final furlong but was clear of
the rest, whilst not in the same league as the first two he is
a consistent performer.