Stratford 24th September 2005
By Paul Simmons

Track: Good

The Clarendon Stud Maiden Stakes over 6 Furlongs:
1. Alnaba
Mr. P Collington
2. Dhabi Mr. S Walker
3. Mustameet Mr. D Turner

Distances: short head, 11 9 ran Time: 01:28:70

Winner owned and bred by HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Trained by Mrs. G Duffield.

Alnaba (Djelfor x Komet) made all the running and cut out a decent pace from the start, she was briefly headed by Dhabi in the final furlong and showed real courage to get back up on the line and won in the end by a short head. Dhabi (Dormane x Diraia) is shaping encouragingly he ran on smartly and was in front half a furlong out only to lose the initiative inside the shadow of the post. Debutant Mustameet (Vert Olive x Mandoline Song) ran a race full of promise on his debut and although 11 lengths back in third he was clear of the rest and will come on for the experience.

The River Avon Classified Stakes 0-90 over 6 Furlongs:
1. Kaich
Mr. S Walker
2. Roches Du Cayrou Mr. R Cummings
3. Pavots Dreamboy Mr. P J Murphy

Distances: ½, 1 8 ran Time: 01:29:20

Winner owned and bred by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Trained by Mr. W Smith.

Kaich (Khairouan x Aicha Croixnoire) is developing into a smart sprinter and made all the running before running on in the final furlong but was all out to hold off the relentless challenge of Roches Du Cayrou (Newday x Kahinaoura) who was gaining with every stride at the line and was only beaten half a length, whilst Pavots Dreamboy (Pavot Al Maury x Autumn Dream) is finding his form and was another length back in third.

The Jebel Ali Racing Club Banded Stakes (B & C) over 1 Mile:
1. Glastonbury Pop
Mr. S Holdsworth
2. Makhai Mr. P D Rondel
3. Dakota Willow Miss A Wallace

Distances: ½, head 16 ran Time: 02:02:20

Winner owned and trained by Mr. A J Jennings. Bred by Mrs. E Harrington.

Glastonbury Pop (Dedja Des Forges x Operetta) has made rapid improvement this season and added to his earlier win this year with another game victory here, he made most of the running but was stalked throughout by Makhai (Khairouan x Mais) who looked to be cantering and going better than the winner with two furlongs to run. Glastonbury Pop was flat to the boards to hold off Makhai and won by a rapidly diminishing half a length, whilst Dakota Willow (Estamera x CR Bint Natalie) ran well another head back in third and was finishing best of all.

The Town & Country Farms Novice Rider Handicap Stakes 0-65 over 1 Mile:
1. Fayre Abi
Mrs. V Murphy
2. SA Bibi Mr. J Akehurst
3. Allahmes Miss. A Wallace

Distances: head, ¾ 13 ran Time: 02:00:20

Winner owned and bred by Mrs. C Cone. Trained by Mr. P J Murphy.

Fayre Abi (Abitibi x Fayrelands Gold) has dropped been dropping down the handicap all season and was entitled to win here and did so with a good battling victory over tough sprint handicapper SA Bibi (Abitibi x Florich) who made him pull out the stops. Fayre Abi showed a useful turn of foot to quicken past SA Bibi in the final furlong to give novice jockey Valerie Murphy her first win Arabian racing (her husband Pat trains Fayre Abi whilst her mother Christine Cone bred and owns him). Allahmes (Azahmes x Numenor Nim Allatari) did well to finish within a length back in third over a trip that is technically on the sharp side for him.

The Jebel Ali Racing Club Handicap Stakes 0-75 over 6 Furlongs:
1. CS Kismet
Mr. H Haynes
2. Kateland Mrs. V Murphy
2. WA Savannah Sunrise Mr. R G Woollard

Distances: 2, dead heat 16 ran Time: 01:29:60

Winner owned and bred by Mr. M Brunton. Trained by Mr. A J Brunton.

CS Kismet (Makzan x Pokrovka) has been slowly improving all season and did nothing wrong when winning quite comfortably by two lengths suggesting she has inherited some of her full brothers (CS Patriarch’s) speed. She was held up but always handy running up with the pace before bursting through to lead inside the final furlong and a half and won with some authority. Kateland (Vert Olive x Fayrelands Gold) and WA Savannah Sunrise (Dantist x Sasparilla Sunrise) were having a private battle for second being unable to match the pace of the winner, they dead heated on the line.

The Penn Challenge Handicap Stakes (Anglo & PBA) over 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
1. Madrison
Mr. M Smith
2. La Perruche Mr. P D Rondel
3. Prussian Duke Mr. S Walker

Distances: 3, 7 6 ran Time: 02:51:30
Winner owned by Mr. S Shefras & Ms. V Hemstock. Trained by Mrs. N Pook. Bred by M Jean-Luc Gaillard.

Madrison (L’Estragon x Madrisa) confirmed himself as the main threat to L’Escalou with another emphatic victory over a decent field of Anglos. Oakvalley Rialto cut her own throat with a suicidal pace from the start, Madrison and La Perruche were held up behind and slowly made their way into the race from the half way stage when Madrison ran on to lead and quickened clear smartly in the final furlong to win by an easy three lengths. La Perruche (L’Estragon x Iron Bird) ran another good race in second but was no match for the winner, whilst Prussian Duke (Linswoodsweet Excalibur x Heather Gold) ran encouragingly another seven lengths back in third but his stamina was found wanting.

The Clarendon Stud Handicap Stakes over 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
1. CS Al Wahed
Mr. H Haynes
2. Lamasat Mr. P Collington
3. Danjani Mr. P Deymonaz

Distances: 8, 2 7 ran Time: 02:56:60

Winner owned and bred by Mr. M Brunton. Trained by Mr. A J Brunton.

A fascinating race on paper turned into a cake walk for the impressive winner CS Al Wahed (Bengali D’Albret x Cikada) who ended up making Lamasat look very ordinary. CS Al Wahed and his brother and stablemate CS Khan made the running, but the younger sibling Khan was cooked from halfway and CS Al Wahed galloped the field ragged and outstayed them in strong fashion; reversing the form with Lamasat who beat him at Newbury where he had excuses having fallen out of the stalls. Lamasat (Bengali D’Albret x Komet) was another eight lengths back in second and was a shade disappointing after her brave run when third in the Group 1 Hatta Stakes, she was one paced in the final two furlongs but was never close to mounting a serious challenge to the winner. Danjani (Tidjani x Russian Dancer) ran well another two lengths back in third and a step in trip will play into his obvious stamina ability.

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