Arabian Racing Review
Hereford 2nd August
by Paul Simmons

The Rhondaa Maiden 3yrs old and over 7 Furlongs:
A brave bold victory for Gill Duffield’s smart mare Petraunille (Al Sakbe x My Princess) - owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan – who was given a powerful ride by Phil Collington who had her disputing the lead for the majority of the race before asserting herself and making all, she wandered a little in the final furlong and was all out in the shadow of the post to hold onto victory. Yaqoot (Darike x Nirva De Cardonne) caught the eye again, she was held up with a run and made smooth progress in the final two furlongs and quickened clear in the final furlong and was gaining the winner at every stride and lost out by a short head, she should be winning soon. Whilst Billoube (Bengali D’Albret x Billou Al Maury) helped force the pace in the first few furlongs before being relegated to 2nd, he lost third inside the final two furlongs and was all out inside the last half furlong to hold off Sam Davison’s fast finishing Iraqi recruit – Al Harith.

The Jebel Ali Handicap 0-65 over 2 Miles:
Another superb staying handicap with Debrett and Notid fighting out a titanic battle in the final furlong for victory. Debrett made virtually all from the start under an assertive ride from David Turner, but inside the final furlong Anna Wallace was galvanising a monumental effort from the David Paton trained Notid (Tidjani x Sherrie Noreen), who was finishing like a train and she rode a superb race to get this tough old gelding in front at the line by a nose. Debrett (Bengali D’Albret x Djeba Al Mels) lost nothing in defeat and perhaps threw his chance away at the crossing, he clearly loves this track though and relished the stamina sapping trip. Whilst Blu By You (Khairouan x Billou Al Maury) ran another solid race back in third for owner/trainer/jockey Mark Wall but was never nearer.

The Royal Cavalry of Oman Juvenile Stakes (3 & 4 yr olds) over 1 Mile 1 Furlong:
Georgina Ward unleashed another potential superstar when HH Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani’s homebred colt Mu’Azzaz (Amer x Massmarie) made all for an impressive victory to lose his maiden tag, the 1-6 Fav gave his supporters and jockey Simon Walker a scare when nearly lunging off the course four furlongs from home, but champion jockey kept him up to his work to win by two lengths. The Royal Cavalry of Oman’s UAE winner Zoumir (Dormane El Ouarda) ran well in second, he disputed the lead briefly before being passed by Inshaad, but rallied well in the final furlong to take second again ahead of a one paced Inshaad (Al Sakbe x Aksarka).

The Royal Cavalry of Oman Handicap 0-75 over 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
Another excellent riding performance from Anna Wallace – landing a double on the day, she had David Paton’s smart handicapper Gazal (Sambist x Shout For Joy) held up with a run before making her move inside the final three furlongs and drew clear inside the final furlong for an easy seven length victory. Benoire (Bengali D’Albret x Aicha Croixnoire) ran well in second, he led until the four furlong marker and stayed on dourly in the closing stages ahead of his one paced stablemate Majestic De Piboul (Dormane x Magreba De Piboul).

The Jebel Ali Handicap 0-50 over 1 Mile 1 Furlongs:
Helen Bona has her team in fine form this season, and scored yet again here with here plucky old mare Lady Marisha (Nevesti x Shimmering Spektra) who is in her early teens. Steve Harrison rode a well judged race settling nicely in behind Benny The Dip, he made his move on Lady Marisha inside the final furlong and she responded in fine style to run for a length victory. Back in second was Yucel Mehmet’s Bibi Royale (Abitibi x Chaldensford Royal Independence) who was returning to form, he was held up throughout and made good progress in the closing stages before rallying hard in the final furlong to take second from an all out Benny The Dip (Bengali D’Albret x Duiker).


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