BY PAUL SIMMONS
Saturday May 22nd
Track: Dirt/ Standard
The Palm Strip Maiden Stakes (Division I) 1 Mile 1 Furlong:
1. Ami D’Jani Mr S A Walker
2. CS Patriarch Mr D I Turner
3. CS Viceroy Mr S Harrison
Distances: 2,4 Time: 02:21:90
Winner owned and bred by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin R Al Maktoum.
Trained by Mr W M Smith.
Ami D’Jani (Tidjani X Amira D’Albret) obliged in
the style of a true favourite, always up with the pace, this
smart young colt quickened clear with a useful turn of foot to
kick clear and win by a going away two lengths. The second CS
Patriarch (Makzan X Pokrovka) was impressive coming home strongly
clear of the rest, this well bred gelding looks smart and whilst
no match for the winner he quickened clear in fine style down
the final furlong. CS Viceroy (Vert Olive X VK Crisaa) was totally
outclassed on his only start as a three year old in 2003, he
looked much more clued up at Wolverhampton and ran a fine race
to finish within six lengths of the potentially Group class Ami
Shindagha Graduation Stakes (0-105) Anglo & Part Breds
1 Mile 1 Furlong:
1. Ardente Sauvage Mr S A Walker
2. Star Key Mr S Harrison
3. Hardtoback Mr R G Wollard
Distances: 8,7 Time: 02:09:70
Winner owned and trained by Mrs A Batchelor. Bred by E.A.R.L.
Du Moulin, MME Solange Tuchaa.
Ardente Sauvage (Feu
Ardent X L’Eau Sauvage) an impressive
looking Anglo-Arab was always up with pace and produced a swift
turn of foot off the final bend to quicken clear by eight lengths.
Star Key (Fils De Roches X Marlies Gohr) is a true Anglo blue
blood and ran a fine race in second, he has matured since his
only run last season; he has filled out since and ran on well – he
should come on for the run. Hardtoback was a further seven lengths
back and was no match for either of the first two.
The Al Wasl Classified Stakes (0-75) 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
1. Mellway Gold Charm Mr S Harrison
2. Hayleys Comet Mr P Collington
3. Djelai Miss J Buckley
Distances: ½, ½,
Time: 03: 29: 90
Winner owned, trained and bred by Mrs J Hutchings.
Mellway Gold Charm (Naresh X Alcina) scored for the second time
of asking. This one mile four furlong race was run at a crawl
before the winner set off for home, at the four furlong marker
she was outpaced and last but showed true grit and determination
to plug on past the field and just got up to win by half a
length at the post. Hayley’s Comet (Nevesti X Kapilia)
was always handy and quickened clear in the final four furlongs,
he looks on a decent mark and was unlucky to be caught by the
winner in the shadow of the post. Djelai (Djel Bon X Danaide
Al Maury) looks a little high in the handicap at present but
showed a likeable attitude and battled on with the first two
and he looks as though he may be coming into form.
The Jebel Ali Racing Club Series Qualifier Handicap Stakes (0-65)
1. Lile D’Amour Mr P Collington
2. Sarrafina Mr P J Murphy
3. SA Bibi Mr G C Farr
Distances: 2,3 Time: 01:42:00
Winner owned by Mr & Mrs S Connally. Trained by Mrs S Connally.
Bred by Mr & Mrs P Deymonaz.
Lile D’Amour (Merlin Al Maury X Daad) won the fourth race
in fine style under a strong ride from Phil Collington. Otto
set a breakneck pace for the first three furlongs, whilst the
winner was settled just off the pace. This game filly then quickened
clear off the final bend to pull clear in by a comfortable two
lengths. The second Sarrafina (Khairouan X Fayrelands Gold) was
well positioned throughout and plugged on well for second, she
seemed to find this trip a shade on the sharp side and will do
better when upped in distance. SA Bibi (Abitibi X Florich) was
handy throughout but couldn’t quicken up with the first
two, he stayed on from the rest of the field.
The Palm Strip Maiden Stakes (Division II) 1 Mile 1 Furlong:
1. Fripon Al Maury Mr S A Walker
2. CS Kabira Mr P Deymonaz
3. Jelvita Mr A S T Holdsworth
Distances: 9, 10 Time: 02:22:30
Winner owned by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin R Al Maktoum. Trained
by Mr W M Smith. Bred by Mlle R Koch.