Preview of the Arabian Racing Season 2005
By Paul Simmons
Gill Duffields Yard :-
Gill Duffield was Champion trainer in 2004 trains mostly for
HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who was leading owner
in 2004. Her stable has a wealth of talent and includes several
horses who have been campaigned over in UAE over the winter.
Her potential stars for the season include:
Danseur Mondain – 4 yr old colt bought at Goffs last year
and is going impressively at home.
Udgedai D’Agatchols – a smart looking 4 yr old colt
who is full brother to multiple Group winner and 2003 Group 1
Zaabeel Stakes winner Djeldor De Bozouls.
Maestro Al Maury – a half brother to Monsieur Al Maury
who won the Presidents Cup in Abu Dhabi.
Ashaab – a nice Shadwell bred colt by Triple Crown winner
Aljard – a 4 yr colt who won the Group 2 Jumeirah Stakes
on Dubai Day last year as a juvenile, a speedy sort who will
campaigned over sprint distances.
Jiyush – 7 yr old Entire who won the Group 1 Dubai Stakes
in 2002 is back in the UK to race having won the Emirates Champion
Stakes in UAE and also finished 4 th in the Arabian World Cup
the Kahayla Classic.
Gill also has two smart 3 yr old (juvenile) fillies in training – Magi
De Faust and Hatrah – by Makzan and a half sister to Jiyush.
Bill Smiths Yard :-
Former leading trainer
Bill Smith trains mostly for HH Shiekh Mohammed Bin Rashid
Al Maktoum but also for other owners including
Argentinian owner breeder Gerado Serra. He has several leading
hopes for the current season including –
Malik D’Or – 4 yr old colt who won last year in France
and was bought at Goffs (FR), and is owned by individuals from
France, America, England and Argentina. Bill considers him to
be “quite special and a possible for the Derby”.
Ashan D’Orroco – a 5 yr old gelding who’s had
a few niggling problems but is going well now and is a “serious
Unfwan – a 4 yr old colt and full brother to multiple winner
Circuit Chaser – 4 yr old American bred colt and won as
juvenile last year and is working nicely.
Trust Me Too – 3 yr old colt and full brother to multiple
race winner Trusted.
On The Move (Horse with New Trainers):
Danjani & Dormah De Brugere – From
Gill Duffield to Tony Brunton.
Spyros – From
Georgie Moore to Tony Brunton
Moncrieff – From
Tony Brunton to Georgina Ward
Volante – From
Tony Brunton to Jackie Hutchings
R Flying – From
Bill Smith to Paul Brown
Less Hormonal (Horse that have been castrated):
Jameh, Messenger Man & Maksun Angel – All trained
by Bill Smith
D’Or & Nadjel – Trained
by Gill Duffield
R Flying - Trained by Paul Brown
Returning From a Break:
Pronika returns after
21 months off the track (produced filly foal by Div in 2004) – trained
by Angela Colledge.
Jiyush returns after a successful few years racing in UAE.