Review - Newbury 26th June 2007 :
By Paul Simmons

The Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club Handicap Stakes 0-90 over 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:

They were quickly away from the starting stalls with Operatic settling into the lead, with Paul De Faust, Deolali settled midfield with Estival settled at the rear of the field with jockey Sam Holdsworth seemingly caught napping. As they hit the three furlong marker it looked as if the gallant handicapper Operatic was going to pull off his biggest win to date, but Paul De Faust and Deolali were forging up through the center of the track head to head and they fought a gallant battle all the way to the line with it going down to a photo finish. In the end Paul De Faust (Al Sakbe x Gabie De Carrere) just held on for HH Sheikh Hamdan by a short head from Deolali (Khairouan x Operetta). Back in third was Estival (Khairoaun x Viny De Passerrat) who was given a hard task from the start, settled in the rear she had ten lengths to make up on the field and to her credit used her blinding turn of foot to plough through the field in the last three furlongs and was flying when she was nearly floored by Mack The Knife; the fact that she was only beaten a length and a half at the line into third shows what tough and talented mare she is. After this gutsy win Paul De Faust represents the best UK chance of landing the Derby, whilst Deolali was unlucky not to get up at the post and his turn is near; both he and Estival are names to remember for Dubai Day.


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