Newmarket 10th October

The Equestrian Surfaces Maiden Stakes – 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
1. Danjani Mr. P Deymonaz
2. Hellow Mr. S A Walker
3. Al Mamoon Mr. J White

Distances: 12, 1 4 ran Time: 02:22:70

Winner owned by Mr. J D Kippen. Trained by Mrs. G M Duffield. Bred by Mr. & Mrs. J D Kippen.

The opening maiden looked to be a weak race on form but was won in the end in impressive fashion by Danjani (Tidjani X Russian Dancer (Dantist)). Hellow and Al Mamoon helped to force the pace from the start but Danjani was always stalking and made smooth headway in the final two furlongs and once unleashed with his run by Pierre Deymonaz in the final furlong lengthened his stride and pulled clear by a going away twelve lengths. This was a smart performance and although the opposition was weak he clearly relished this step up in trip and looked much more the finished article, he will be stronger and better next year and it will be interesting to see if reaches group class. Hellow (Kesberoy X Hafia De Faust) set a steady pace and once headed was always playing for the place money, he stuck to his task well and kept on a length clear of Al Mamoon (Passem Lotois X Al Hanoof). The latter seemed to struggle over this extended trip but battled home well.

The CM Cole Handicap Stakes – 1 Mile:
1. L’Escalou Mr. S A Walker
2. Pride of James Mr. M Smith
3. Faer Soar Mr. S Harrison

Distances: 6, 2 ½ 7 ran Time: 01:47:00

Winner owned by Mr. D Brunton. Trained by Mr. W M Smith. Bred by Mme M Gaillard.

L’Escalou (Big John X L’Escale) ended the season as he began it with a cool comfortable display in the CM Cole Handicap stakes. Unbeaten in four starts he was always traveling well and was brought with his run in the final two furlongs to win on the bridle with a comfortable nine lengths to spare; there is nothing to hold a candle to him in the Anglo/ PBA races (maybe next year he’ll meet his match!). Pride of James (Linwood Sweet Excalibur X Harvest Dome) ran a fantastic race in defeat and set a decent pace from the start, and started to pull away from the pack in the final three furlongs but was soon playing second fiddle to the winner. Faer Soar (Out of Hand X Easter Panic) ran well in third but was never nearer, although he was clear of the rest.

The Clarendon Stud Handicap Stakes (0-95) 7 Furlongs:
1. CS Patriarch Mr. D I Turner
2. Bengal Lotois Mr. S Harrison
3. Miss Moncrieff Mr. P Deymonaz

Distances: ¾ , 7 14 ran Time: 01:39:00

Winner owned and bred by Mr. M D Brunton. Trained by Mr. A J Brunton.

The Clarendon Stud handicap stakes was competitive affair and won in gallant style by the admirably consistent CS Patriarch who was given a superb ride by David Turner. CS Patriarch (Makzan X Pokrovka (Desant)) was sent off from the front and maintained a decent pace from the start, and with two furlongs to run Bengal Lotois was the only one with any real chance and even headed the winner inside the final furlong only for David Turner to drive the winner back in front in the final ten yards to win by half a length. Bengal Lotois (Bengali D’Albret X Dheila Lotoise) lost nothing in defeat and after some quirky performances this season showed his true mettle here, traveling well and battling on in the final furlong – he seems to now be going the right way. Miss Moncrieff (Makzan X Zeinah (Samsheik) seemed outpaced in the early stages but stayed on really well in the final furlong to take third from Pavots Dreamboy, she will win next season and deserves to more than most as she tries so hard.

The Umm Qarn Farms Cup (Group 2) 1 Mile:
1. Kolver Mr. S A Walker
2. Dormah De Brugere Mr. P Deymonaz
3. Jelvita Miss E-J Jones

Distances: 1, 5 8 ran Time: 01:52:20

Winner owned and bred by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin R Al Maktoum. Trained by Mr. W M Smith.

The Group 2 Umm Qarn Farms Cup provided a close finish as Dormah De Brugere, Kolver and Jelvita battled it out in the final two furlongs. Kolver (Vert Olive X Kenithra) who has always looked to be a smart filly reversed form with market leader Dormah De Brugere (who was a head in front of her in second in the Group 1 Hatta Mares Stakes), this mile trip looked ideal and she came between fillies in the final furlong under a well timed ride from Champion jockey Simon Walker to score with a length to spare. Dormah De Brugere (Dormane X Ballade Folle) had every chance but couldn’t get past the winner in the final furlong, she’s smart and lost nothing in defeat. Jelvita (Njewman X Vite Amine) ran a career best and was in the shake with two furlongs to run but was rather one paced in the final furlong and was a good five lengths back in third.

The Jebel Ali Gold Trophy Handicap (Series Final) (0-80) 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
1. Lile D’Amour Mr. S Holdsworth
2. Benha Miss E-J Jones
3. Ibn Ajwaad Miss G M Kelleway

Distances: ¾, neck 14 ran Time: 02:26:70

Winner owned by Mr & Mrs A Connally. Trained by Mrs S Connally. Bred by Mr & Mrs P Deymonaz.

The Jebel Ali Gold Trophy provided a surprise result as ten-to-one shot Lile D’Amour (Merlin Al Maury X Daad) scored for the fourth time of the season under a supremely confident ride from Sam Holdsworth. Roches Du Cayrou and Abra didn’t do each other any favours as they set a strong pace from the start, as they reached the final two furlongs Ibn Ajwaad swept into the lead and looked to be pulling away only for the field to catch him and Benha to collar him in the final furlong; but it was Lile D’Amour who came with a devastating turn of foot to score rather cheekily with three-quarters-of-a length to spare at the line to claim the £2,000 first prize. Benha (Bengali D’Albret X Bahaa (Nrav)) travelled well and was stalking Ibn Ajwaad ominously in the final furlong and he battled on well to hold onto second. Ibn Ajwaad (Arioso X Tecaf Shukran) was back in third and was given a superb ride from Gay Kelleway, he was held up and produced to lead with two furlongs to run and looked the likely winner only to lose out in the dieing strides to Lile D’Amour and Benha.

The Jebel Ali Silver Trophy Handicap (0-65) 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
1. Mystic Dream Miss E-J Jones
2. Jana Mr. S Holdsworth
3. Aramits Mr. P Collington

Distances: 1, ¾ 20 ran Time: 02:27:80

Winner owned and bred by Mr. E J Legg. Trained Miss. C J Legg.

The Jebel Ali Silver Trophy went to last years “Gold” winner Mystic Dream trained by handicap guru Carol Legg who wasn’t the least bit surprised by his win. Legg trains him for her father Eric who bred him and she commented afterwards:
“He likes this track as the finish heads back to the stables, he’s not been right all season and I knew he was going to run well today”. The pace was decent and with three furlongs to run it looked to be between Kateland on the stands side, Maiyzah, Aramits and Jana. With a furlong to run it was Aramits and Jana head to head as Kateland’s stamina ran out, but Mystic Dream (Abitibi X Autumn Dream) came with a wet sail in the final furlong under a skillful ride from Emily-Jane Jones who pushed him to lead inside the final few yards to win by a length. Jana (Normativ X Joli) was again a game second, she ran her heart out but was vulnerable to final surge of the winner. Aramits (Tornado De Syrah X Serena MSC) ran a career best in third and had every chance inside the final furlong but had to settle for third and was clear of the rest.


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