Lingfield 7th July – Arab Racing Review
By Paul Simmons

Race 1 – The Angel Arabian Maiden Stakes over 7 Furlongs:
Juvenile runner Prince Dormant (Prince D’Orient x Iktidar) could scarcely have been more impressive always handy in the leading pack, he looked to be cruising from the two furlong marker and jockey Sam Holdsworth unleashed him with a strong run inside the final furlong to hold on by a somewhat cheeky neck from Anayid (Djendel x Seglaoui), to give Dennis Batteate his third win of the campaign and American based owner/breeder Lisa Deymonaz her first. Anayid did nothing wrong back in second coming with a strong run inside the furlong but although she rallied hard she was not going to catch him. Back in third was Furaat (Djebbel x Mandoline Song) who scored another decent placed effort, she fought on hard ahead of the field to hold on ahead of Chazan (Makzan x Aicha Croixnoire).

Race 2 – Jebel Ali Handicap 0-45 over 1 Mile 4 Furlong:
Anganate Safinat made the running and gradually increased the pace from the four furlong marker leaving a few flat footed, but Mushammer (Passem Lotois x Kawzah Tiki) was always cruising in behind under a confident ride from David Turner who brought him to lead inside the two furlong marker and winning on the line by a comfortable four lengths. Anganate Safinat (Manganate x Astree) continues to run well in defeat and stayed on well clear of the rest. Whilst Shespeshaltu (Izentespeshal x NI Serazim) has relished the step up in trip and was a credible six lengths back in third ahead of El Chenz (Chatanz x Elita), the latter who looked unhappy on the all weather but kept on ahead of the staying on Kumara Zayin (Pogojii x Autumn Columbine).

Race 3 – The Kelanne Stud Open race over 1 Mile:
Hoofbeats Tour won impressively here flying home in the final furlong to hold off the late challenge of Anglo L’Escalou, he showed a useful turn of foot to win well at the line by a length. L’Escalou battled on valiantly in the closing stages but was never going to quite get there, whilst Megabond got going a bit late but looks to be going the right way and is one to not.

Race 4 – The Shaw & Fox Handicap Stakes 0-90 over 1 Mile:
CS Khan made the running cutting out a fast pace out the front, but Earsldon was always stalking in behind under a confident ride from Simon Walker, as Earlsdon made his move inside the final furlong Noble Athlete was flying with a wet sail through the pack but inside the final furlong the writing was on the wall as Earlsdon (Akbar x Elgonda) kicked clear to win by a comfortable two lengths from Noble Athlete (Dorwan Du Cayrou x Noble Dame). Back in third was Badee (Al Masroor x Morjanah) who seemed to appreciate the drop back in trip and was in turn clear of the useful Jelvita.

Race 5 – The Chloe & Mary Open race over 2 Miles:
This will probably be the recorded as the slowest race in the history of Arab/ TB racing, with no one seemingly wanting to make the running they all bunched up and were barely out of a collected canter for the first mile or so, eventually Katie James went for it on Cordage (Dr Fong x Flagship) and quickly shot clear and was never troubled by the field as she kicked clear inside the final furlong to win by fifteen lengths. Back in second was Mattoni (Presidium x Mrs Magic) whilst La Perruche (L’Estragon x Iron Bird) was unsuited by the non existent pace and was another length back in third.

Race 6 – The Jebel Ali Handicap 0-75 over 1 Mile:
Al Mamoon (Passem Lotois x Al Hanoof) returned to winning ways under a superbly timed race under the talented Robert Flint, settled mid pack he was always going well on his favoured all weather surface and came with as flying run inside the home straight but he was chased every step of the way by a returned to form Benha (Bengali D’Albret x Bahaa) who was being galvanised by Joe Akehurst inside the final furlong, they were neck and neck all the way to the line with Al Mamoon just prevailing for owner/trainer Delyth Thomas. Benha was a brave second and slightly unlucky not to get up, his turn is near. Whilst WA Savannah Sunrise (Dantist x Sasparilla Surnise) was absolutely flying in the closing stages and shot through the pack to claim third in the final furlong.

Race 7 – The Equine America Conditions Stakes over 1 Mile 4 Furlongs:
CS Al Wahed predictably made the running with Jubilee Dancer and Malik D’Or settled in behind, but as they turned into the back straight Malik D’Or had gone to the head of affairs and Simon Walker was soon in control with Jubilee Dancer and CS Al Wahed battling in behind for the minor placings. Malik D’Or (Dormane x Malika Fontenay) won comfortably in the end by five lengths to give Bill Smith and Simon Walker a double. Jubilee Dancer (Chndaka x Russian Dancer) ran well in second staying on well ahead of CS Al Wahed (Bengali D’Albret x Cikada) who was one paced and perhaps feeling the effects of a hard race on Thursday.

Race 8 – The ARO Sweepstakes Handicap 0-55 over 6 Furlongs:
A fast run sprint handicap with several in with a chance in the home straight, favourite The Way To Go, Shereik, Ajyaal and Pepita De Carrere all showing plenty of speed, but as they came inside the final furlong Robert Flint galvanised the winning from Ajyaal (Bengali D’Albret x Silvena) who showed a decent turn of foot to out sprint his rivals in some style to win by an easy seven lengths, giving owner/trainer Delyth Thomas and jockey Robert Flint a double on the day. Back in second was Pepita De Carrere (Guytou De Carrere x Assada El Baraka) who was running on well inside the final furlong but couldn’t rein in the winner, she impressed on her handicap debut, whilst The Way To Go (Way To Go x Nepenthes Al Maury) kept on well for third ahead of a fast finished El Buba.

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