Arabian Racing Review
Market Ransen 29th August
by Paul Simmons

Maiden over 1 Mile:
Phil Collington will not ride an easier winner this season as he did here with Qareim De Faust (Dormane x Harein De Faust), he made all and galloped into a clear and unassailable lead inside the home straight and won by an eased down four lengths at the line. Manaal (Djendel x Kahina El Kihm) looked a nice type in the parade ring and did the best of Gill Duffield’s three juvenile runners, she chased the winner inside the final two furlongs but was never nearer, but she was the only one to mount a challenge and was an easy eight lengths clear of stablemate Timoon (Tidjani x Margaux’s Moon); whilst Seaukoa completely missed the break and his run can be ignored. The first four home were all trained by Gill Duffield with the first two owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan. Duffield said of the winner “He’s a really nice horse who has come up against two decent horses, we wondered if he lacks confidence and this win will have done him a lot of good”.

Jebel Ali Stakes 0-65 over 7 Furlongs:
An extremely impressive performance from the first two home here Even Keener and Whisper who both looks be smart progressive mares with decent turns of foot, the pair of them pulled well clear of the field and had a real nip and tuck battle all the way to the line with Whisper (The Wiking x Sucha) under an awesome ride from David Turner just getting up on the line to win by a neck to win for trainer Adam Newey and The Almost All Partnership. Speaking afterwards part owner Linda Cross said “She’s been a super mare for us and deserved that win but David rode a great race”. Even Keener (Bengali D’Albret x Kenithra) lost nothing in defeat, she drew along side Whisper in the final furlong and was all out to get past and only just failed; she remains a classy prospect. Whilst Raihan (Passem Lotois x G Sustika) was five lengths back in third, she seemed outpaced two furlongs out but ran on strongly in the final furlong and bravely held onto third ahead of hard pressed Ajyaal.

Handicap 0-95 over 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
Al Janoob (Magic De Piboul x Ester Du Paon) looked pretty impressive when trouncing a smart field when winning his maiden before being put firmly in his place by stablemate Riko on Dubai Day, that said he made no mistake here under another typically dynamic ride from Martin Smith. Always travelling well Smith kicked on inside the final two furlongs with Jelvita, Yaqoot and Noble Athlete all battling in behind, and in spite of veering violently across the track before the final furlong (which Smith did well to keep the partnership in tact), this impressive colt powered clear under a determined Smith to win by an easy three lengths and he looks to have a big future. Yet another winner for the powerful Duffield yard and HH Sheikh Hamdan who also bred this impressive colt. Noble Athlete (Dorswan du Cayrou x Noble Dame) ran another outstanding race chasing the winner all the way to the line but was never going to get closer than second, whilst Yaqoot (Darike x Nirva De Cardonne) was settled well throughout and am with her run in the closing stages but was a little one paced but stayed on ahead of Jelvita.

Novice Rider Race over 1 Mile 5 Furlongs:
Hayley’s Comet led for the early stages of this staying race with Kayeed taking the initiative and leading the field a decent gallop until the final furlong, where an in form Kevin Locking galloped into the lead under a typically energetic ride on owner/trainer Carol Legg’s Mushammer (Passem Lotois x Kawzah Tiki) to pull clear and win by just under three lengths and in doing Locking lost his 5 lb claim as well as cementing his lead at the top of the novice jockeys championship. Speaking afterwards Legg commented on her exuberant charge “He owed me that win after his antics this week, all is now forgiven!”. Hayleys Comet (Nevesti x Kapilia) ran another brave race for Helen Bona, he couldn’t pull clear with the winner but was kept up to his work and held onto second by a length from the grand old servant Kayeed (Kheirella x Joli) who stayed on dourly for third ahead of Kizhi.

Handicap 0-45 over 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
Martin Smith in the form of his life, maintained his two win lead over Collington for the jockeys championship by propelling Sheriek (Frere Des Loups x Satin Sheiks) to an impressive victory for Rob Baily. This game mare made all under Smith and galloped on strongly inside the final furlong to win by just over a length from a hard ridden Egypt (Marawan x Sareefa). The latter went into second position inside the final furlong and was hard pushed by Locking to reel in the winner but couldn’t quite get there. Four lengths back was Florys Folly (Vert Olive x Florys De Nautiac) who is improving with every run and looks to be getting the hang of the game, she is one to watch for next time.

Jebel Ali Handicap 0-80 over 1 Mile 5 Furlongs:
Simon Walker very nearly stole this race on Karline, leading from the start and setting a good gallop and was a couple of lengths clear inside the final furlong but Gazal was mounting a challenge in behind. As they got inside the final half a furlong it was head to head between Gazal and Karline, but in the end Gazal (Sambist x Shout For Joy) just got up by a head at the line under a superb power packed ride from young Jack Sherwood to win for owner Jo Clay and in form trainer Adam Newey. Karline (Karmah x Elina Des Fabries) was a little unlucky back in second and clearly relished this step up in trip (like half sister Few and Far) and his turn looks near. Whilst Debrettt (Bengali D’Albret x Djeba Al Mels) looked tapped for toe in the final furlongs but maintained that strong relentless gallop to hold onto third ahead of a one paced Billoube.

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