15th May 2005
By Paul Simmons
THE VERTUOUS CRUSADER
In the Clarendon Stud Handicap Stakes
Jim & Chris Bielby
Racing Advertiser Ltd.
Edward Symmons & Partners Maiden Stakes – 6
Za’eemah Mr. S Holdsworth
2. Sing Me A Song Mr. A Newey
3. Shelila Mr. P Collington
Distances: neck, neck 10 ran.
Winner owned and bred by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Trained by Mr. W Smith.
started the season off in fine style with a win in the maiden
over six furlongs with Sheikh Mohammed’s impressive
debutant Za’eemah (Passem Lotois x PS Crystal Sage) who
just got up in the shadow of the post. Sing Me A Song (Tidjani
x Sinka) also making her racecourse debut for trainer Sam Davison
travelled well throughout and led from two furlongs out and looked
to have the race at her mercy, but she pricked her ears yards
from the line and her head popped up gifting the race to Za’eemah.
The impeccably bred Shelila (Bengali D’Albret x Arytmia)
looked tapped for toe in the early stages but ran on strongly
in the final furlong and will be interesting when upped in trip.
Dragnet Ltd Handicap Stakes – (0-65)
French Lieutenant Mr. D Turner
2. Pronika P Deymonaz
3. Notid F J Offord
short head, ½ 7 ran.
Winner owned, bred and trained by Carol Legg.
French Lieutenant (Dedja Des Forges x Sihrea Crystal) is a talented
horse on his day and clearly relished the stamina sapping two
miles at Exeter and battled on gamely to win by a short head.
Pronika (Nikel x Protalina) returning from a 21 month break (having
had a foal last year) was always handy and led from 3 furlongs
out, once headed she fought back and just failed to win. Notid
(Tidjani x Sherrie Noreen) who helped force the pace for the
majority of the race stayed on strongly to hold onto third.
Clarendon Stud Handicap Stakes – (0-80)
The Vertuous Crusader Mr. D Turner
2. Roches Du Cayrou Mr. R Cummings
3. Operatic Mr S Harrison
3, 2 ½ 7 ran.
Winner owned by Mr. J Cook. Trained by Mr. A J Brunton. Bred
by Mrs L Humphrey.
The mile handicap was run at a crawl in the preliminaries before
they rounded the corner and sprinted home over the last three
furlongs which played into the hands of smart sprint handicapper
The Vertuous Crusader (Vert Olive x Crusaders Spirit (Sky Crusader))
who won in the end easily with three lengths to spare. Roches
Du Cayrou (Newday x Kahinaoura) was always playing for second
and was clear of the field at the line, whilst Operatic (Vert
Olive x Operetta (Silver Scenario)) came with a wet sail in the
final furlong to claim third.
Jebel Ali Racing Club Banded Stakes (Series Qualifier) (Bands
B & C) – 6
Sabez F J Offord
2. Tamarisk Mrs. G Plumbley
3. CS Lafaz Mr. T Collier
Distances: ½, ½ 6
Winner owned by The BXPS Racing Partnership. Trained Mr. D J
Paton. Bred by Mrs. J Andrews.
Ali Racing Club banded stakes over six furlong proved to be
a close finish with less than a length
separating the first
three home. Sabez (Mahbuba x Zalmera) was a class horse on his
day in his youth but has looked increasingly moody since, but
today was a going day and he fought gamely for this win. Tamarisk
(Dujani x GAS Pepelka (Pepel)) was prominent throughout and rallied
in the final two furlongs but went down by half length, she looks
capable of landing a handicap over a mile. CS Lafaz (Sambist
x Kilcummer Lalla) helped force the pace and had every chance
in the final furlong but couldn’t pass the first two.
Cole Hay Handicap Stakes – 1 Mile 2
Fripon Al Maury Mr S Walker
2. Mack The Knife Mr. P J Murphy
3. Kalif D’Or Mr. P Collington
3, 1 ½ 6 ran.
Winner owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Trained
by Mr. W Smith. Bred by Mlle R Koch.
race saw a massive gamble on the locally trained Mack The Knife
who was backed down from 8/1 to 2/1.
In the end it
was the favourite Fripon Al Maury (Djouras Tu x Fayoum) who obliged
to give Bill Smith and Sheikh Mohammed a double, he led from
three furlongs out to win comfortably by three lengths. Mack
The Knife (Makzan x GAS Pepelka (Pepel)) ran encouragingly in
second and ran on purposefully in the final two furlongs and
seems very much on the upgrade. Kalif D’Or (Dormane x Malika
Fontenay) ran on well for third but still seems unreliable even
now he’s been gelded.
Ajay Construction Maiden Stakes – 1
Mile 2 Furlongs:
CS Khamsin Mr. D Turner
2. Miss Moncrieff Mr. S Harrison
3. Ejtithaab Mr S Holdsworth
1 ½, 4 11 ran.
Winner owned and bred by Mr. M Brunton. Trained by Mr. A J Brunton.
Construction maiden stakes looked to be an ideal opportunity
for Miss Moncrieff to open her account
for in form trainer Georgina
Ward. However, the race was won comfortably in the end by the
beautifully bred CS Khamsin (Khairouan x Samara Bint Samurai
(Golden Samurai)) who gave trainer Tony Brunton the second leg
of his double, who despite running a little green pricked his
ears in the final two furlongs and showed a useful turn of foot
to cruise home comfortably two lengths clear. CS Khamsin is from
an excellent racing family as his half sister are Jumah, CS Sambisoora,
CS Shamal and Sabarrah, although he is the first of his dams
runners to win a maiden. Miss Moncrieff (Makzan x Zeinah (Samsheik))
ran another fine race in defeat continuing her reputation as
the “eternal bridesmaid”, she travelled well throughout
but seemed to struggle in the final two furlongs and perhaps
found the stiff track and the one-mile-two-furlongs a bit too
far. Ejtithaab (Chndaka x Altyv)) ran well in third and is going
the right way and will be an interesting proposition when contesting
Who’s Hot: *Jockey David Turner who scored a treble with
French Lieutenant, The Vertuous Crusader and CS Khamsin.
*Trainers Bill Smith and Tony Brunton who both scored doubles.