By Paul Simmons
Good to Firm
Town & Country
Farms Novice Riders Handicap Stakes 0-65
Over 5 Furlongs:
1. Kateland Mrs. V Murphy
2. Jana Mr W Haynes
3. Barnshill Warrior Mr. B Adams
Distances: 7, 1 7 ran
Winner owned and bred by Mrs. C Cone. Trained by Mr. P J Murphy.
(Vert Olive x Fayrelands Gold) continued the fine run of form
for the Cone & Murphy yard with an all the way win
in this five furlong event under a well judged ride from Valerie
Murphy who cemented her lead in the novice riders championship.
She made all and won as she liked kicking clear up the hill to
win by an easy six lengths and looks right back to her best.
Jana (Normativ x Joli) was far from disgraced in second staying
on up the hill for second but seemed to struggle to go the pace
in the final half furlong. Whilst Barnshill Warrior (Madryn Warrior
x Just A Legend) came back to form with his best run of the season
coming with a strong run inside the final furlong to claim third.
Avon Thoroughbreds Open (TB, AA & PBA) Race over 1 Mile
1. La Perruche Mr. P Rondel
2. Oh Sunny Boy Ms. Crombie Hicks
3. Diamond Ring Mr. S Walker
1 ½, 5 8 ran
Winner owned and trained by Mr. P Rondel. Bred by Mme M Gaillard.
Rialto (PBA) led from the start to ensure this was a stiff
test of stamina with Apron, La Perruche and Oh Sunny
Boy prominent in behind. From the four furlong marker Oh Sunny
Boy and Diamond Ring were head to head, with two furlongs to
run it looked like Oh Sunny Boy would prevail but La Perruche
(15 % Arab blood) came with a wet sail inside the final furlong
to lead inside the last half furlong to get home by a length-and-a-half
from Oh Sunny Boy (TB). The latter ran well in defeat and is
one to note, whilst Diamond Ring’s (TB) stamina gave out
in the final furlong up the hill but she kept on for third.
The Jebel Ali Racing Club Banded Stakes B & C 1
Mile 4 Furlongs:
1. Fair Deed Dash Mr. D Turner
2. El Chenz Mr. S Harrison
3. Skromnani Mr. M Smith
8, ¾ 6 ran
Winner owned by Mr. E Legg. Trained by Miss C Legg. Bred by
HH Sheikh Mohammed.
Fair Deed Dash was desperately unlucky not to win at Lingfield.
Dakota Willow and Skromnani cut out the running with Hamac and
Fair Deed Dash settled in behind. With five furlongs to run Skromnani
had gone into the lead with Fair Deed Dash travelling ominously
well in behind. By the three furlong marker David Turner looked
in complete command on Fair Deed Dash (Dedja Des Forges x TFA
Ashajan) and this game mare galloped clear by several lengths
inside the final two furlongs winning readily at the line with
six lengths to spare. Skromnani was under pressure in the last
two furlongs and was all out to hold onto second but El Chenz
(Chatanz x Elita (Galeon)) came home very strongly under Steve
Harrison on the inside rail and grabbed second in the shadow
of the post, with Skromnani (Tidjani x Skromnitsa) a gallant
half length back in third. All three are worth noting at this
level over staying trips.
The White Horse Stakes Conditions over 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
1. Fripon Al Maury Mr. S Walker
2. Taabeer Mr. P Collington
Distances: 3 2 ran
Winner owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed. Trained by Mr W Smith. Bred
by Mlle R Koch.
match of a race between the big guns of Arabian racing namely
former champion trainer with Taabeer for former
Champion owner HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Bill
Smith last years Champion trainer with HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin
Rashid Al Maktoum also former Champion owner with Fripon Al Maury.
2004 Champion jockey Simon Walker made the running on the hard
to win with Fripon Al Maury whilst last season’s Champion
jockey Phil Collington settled in behind on Taabeer. Fripon Al
Maury (Djouras Tu x Fayoum) looked in command throughout and
after entering the straight Walker tacked him over to the centre
of the track in search of better ground with Taabeer (Vasilisk
x Bisbille) in his slipstream, and although the latter tried
to rally it was Walker who went clear inside the final furlong
to win nicely by two-and-a-half lengths. Taabeer wasn’t
disgraced in second and perhaps was feeling the effects of a
hard race at Lingfield last week and is worth another chance.
The Millicent Handicap Stakes 0-85 over 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
1. Angel Picamer Mr. S Walker
2. Muntaliq Mr. P Collington
3. Final Fling Mr. J Akehurst
6, 1 ¼ 7 ran
Winner owned and bred by Mrs. Z Angel. Trained by Mr. W Smith.
set off at a decent clip with Angel Picamer, Pavots Dreamboy,
Black and Final Fling all prominent with the rest of the
field all closely grouped in behind. From the four furlong marker
Angel Picamer was in the lead with Final Fling and Miss Moncrieff
both travelling well behind, but it was Final Fling who came
with a storming run down the centre of the track inside the final
two furlongs and looked to all the world the winner until Simon
Walker galvanised Angel Picamer (Amer x Picea HT) who found her
second wind inside the final furlong and galloped readily clear
to win by six lengths giving Simon Walker and Bill Smith a double
and owner/breeder Zelda Angel her first win of the season. Whilst
Muntaliq (Izentespeshal x Sophie du Loup) looked outpaced in
the final two furlongs before running on strongly up the hill
to claim second, just ahead of Final Fling (Djamel x FH Honey
Mellon) who’s stamina gave out just up the hill but was
a credible third.
The Return to Brighton on 19th September Maiden Stakes over
1. Lama Mr S Walker
2. The Debator Mr. B Adams
3. Yaasah Mr. P Collington
5, ½ 4 ran
Winner owned and bred by HH Sheikh Mohammed. Trained by Mr.
(Vaniti Suits Me x Geisha Lotoise) looked impressive in the
and ran a confident race in the maiden under a superb
ride from Simon Walker. Always in command she was travelling
with consummate ease from half way, she was ridden out hands
and heels up the hill to complete a hatrick for a back to form
Bill Smith and Simon Walker. Yaasah is a big scopey filly and
she was always going nicely behind the winner but never looked
like passing, she looked set for second until The Debator (Bengali
D’Albret x Djeba El Mels) briefly outpaced inside the two
furlong marker found her stamina reserves in the final furlong
and cam home strongly to claim an eye catching second by half
a length at the line. Yaasah (Makzan x Tikis Tiffany) wasn’t
disgraced in third and is a name to remember for next season.