Arabian Racing Review
Newbury 10th July
by Paul Simmons

The Athbah Stud Premier Handicap 0-85 over 1 Mile 2 Furlongs:
A fascinating competitive handicap on show here but in the end the bookies took a battering as 11/4 on favourite landed a hatrick scorching home from stablemate Thimaar under a well judged powerful ride from Phil Collington. They broke quickly from the stalls and made smooth progress from the straight, but Collington was always going ominiously well on Adraaj (Bengali D’Albret x Aicha Tourettes) and this talented filly maintained her unbeaten record to quicken clear in fine style inside the final furlong to win by an easy two lengths for trainer Gill Duffield and owner HH Sheikh Hamdan. Back in second was stablemate Thimaar (Chndaka x Alharir) who ran superb race on onl her second start, she won her maiden by a neck over 7 furlongs at Huntingdon but found this much tougher, she chased the winner hard inside the final furlong but was always being held. Whilst A’Naser (Newday x A’Sabooh) looks to be progressing nicely, he has been placed in some hot maidens but travelled well and stuck to his task well inside the final furlong but finished a good three lengths back from Thimaar, but kept up to his work ahead of decent yard stick Deolali.

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