Photos & Report Jim & Chris Bielby
Racing Advertiser Ltd


17th July 2005

Racing at Southwell

SOUTHWELL FIRST TIME ROUND 3.00 EL HAMSA (Racing past the stands first time around)






Leading Arab Trainer, Bill Smith - Right, wnjoying a welcome ice cream at Southwell


A blistering hot day for racing on the all weather surface at Southwell on Sunday 17th July meant a stiff task for all horses and riders. The opening race went to the Gill Duffield trained NAJAYEB, Owned by H H Sheik Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum and ridden by Phil Collington who, along with David Turner, is giving reigning champion jockey Simon Walker a stiff challenge for the title this season. NAJAYEB looks a useful recruit after winning the CLARENDON STUD MAIDEN STAKES in impressive style (see photo).
Simon Walker quickly followed up with a winner on ZA'EEMAH in the 2.30, a 3 horse race that developed into a match after SIng me A Song was left at the start. ZA'EEMAH was reported as a useful recruit last season and had little difficulty seeing of his only rival SHAFAQ.

The Jebel Ali Racing Club Banded Stakes (Series Qualifier) attracted a competitive field and the result was a first Arab Racing Win for the 33/1 outsider EL HAMSA who had shown nothing in his two previous outings but never looked in danger of defeat from two furlongs out and won at his leisure. Owned by Mr S Goodings, trained by Mr J Morris and ridden by Mr S Goodings, EL HAMSA showed his appreciation for being dropped into this grade.

The useful JIYUSH came back to form in fine style in the 3.30, recording a second win for the H H Sheik Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum, Gill Duffield and Phil Collington combination. Returning from a spell in Dubai, JIYUSH proved he was as good as ever, winning the Southwell Racecourse Handica Stakes over 1m 3f, conceding weight to his 3 rivals.

Ardent Arab Racing supporters, Mr & Mrs A Connally, had a deserved success with their consistent all-weather performer, LILE D'AMOUR who recorded her first win of the season in fine style when winning the PAMELA LINNEY BANDED STAKES under a fine ride from Sam Holdsworth.

The penultimate race of the meeting again saw the winner owned by H H Sheik Hamdan Bin R AL Maktoun, but this time it was trained by Bill Smith and ridden by Simon Walker (his second winner of the day). A good finish (see photo) saw KHULAN hold on in style, beating ABRA, ridden by the talented Ryan Cummings, by a shade over one length.

The final race of the meeting saw Owner, Trainer and Jockey Miss Caroline Green winning with her ten year old gelding SUGAR DANDY who was returned at the generous starting price of 10/1. Sugar Dandy had missed the 2004 season, but had shown he was as good as ever finishing second on both his two outings this term and, given a fine ride by Caroline (Green), the combination returned to the winners enclosure to a well deserved round of applause.

Five favourites won from the 7 race card, ensuring spectators went home happy, while the lead at the top of the 2005 jockey championships now stands at 10 winners each for Simon Walker and Phil Collington with David Turner hot on their heels with a score of 9 winners.

Photos & Report Jim & Chris Bielby
Racing Advertiser Ltd.