Arabian Racing Review
Wolverhampton 7th June
by Paul Simmons


Maiden over 6 Furlongs:
A bit of a non event with half the field not jumping off on terms and the other half catching a flyer, in the end Miswadah led the field at a decent gallop with Riko, Ambrose and Andaleeb all travelling well in behind, as they approached the final furlong it was the impeccably bred Kaolino full brother Riko (Dormane x Cary De Carerre) who seized the initiative under an in form Martin Smith to storm home a length and a half clear for champion trainer Gill Duffield and owner HH Sheikh Hamdan. He had to pull out all the stops to out sprint the Jane Haddock owned and trained Ambrose (Amer x KTP Mystic Flight) who was finishing like a train and in turn was two lengths clear of the Royal Cavalry of Oman’s Andaleeb (Newday x Gagarka).

Conditions race over 1 Mile:
The incredibly impressive Shibl (Al Sakbe x Bisbille) made it two from two for the season under a superb ride from Phil Collington under top weight, the 5/4 odds on favourite went clear in the final furlong to get home by an easy four lengths from stable mate and last years Breeders Cup heroine Inshaad (Al Sakbe x Aksarka), both owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan and trained by Gill Duffield. Inshaad lost nothing in defeat and was well clear of a staying on Angel Picamer (Amer x Picea HT), getting home four lengths up on the line.

Jebel Ali Racing Stakes 0-60 over 1 Mile 6 Furlongs:
A true staying handicap won in fine style by the ever consistent Floren (Bengali D’Albret x Florys De Nautiac) who was expertly piloted by his owner/trainer/jockey Theresa Smith, he was always travelling well but had to dig deep in the final furlong to hold off the sustained challenge of the Iraqi bred colt Affar (Asad Saif x Al Qaida Al Thania). The latter ran his best race to date and showed good battling qualities to hold onto second by a neck from a fast finishing Tik Tik (The Wiking x Tamina) and Whisper (The Wiking x Sucha), both ran sound races are ones to note for next time.

Maiden over 1 Mile 1 Furlong:
A thrilling finish to a competitive maiden with Martin Smith once again coming home in front this time on HH Sheikh Hamdan’s true blue blooded colt Al Janoob (Magic De Piboul x Ester Du Paon), a half brother to Group 1 Dubai Stakes winner Jiyush. As they entered the final furlong there were several in with a chance but in the end an inspired ride from Martin Smith saw him get home on Al Janoob by one and a half lengths from 6/4 favourite Qareim De Faust (Dormane x Harein De Faust). The latter ran a superb race and looks more than capable of taking a maiden, he ran on well in the closing stages to hold on by a short head from a fast finishing Tidarbret (Bengali D’Albret x Iktidar), who ran another notable race and was a length clear of the juvenile runner Djarni D’Or.

Handicap 0-85 over 6 Furlongs:
A select but quality field went to post with the eventual victor being the impressive Royal Cavalry of Oman owned and bred Al Rasheeq (Djendel x Salam) who showed a useful turn of foot under a well judged ride from Mr Balushi to pull clear of Pinkie Tuscadero (Izentespeshal x Altyv) at the line by two lengths for the in form Julian Smart stable. Pinkie ran a storming race in second and chased the winner all the way to the line, and was well clear of Roches Du Cayrou (Newday x Kahinaoura) another two lengths back in third.

Handicap 0-55 over 7 Furlongs:
They went a fair pace in this competitive handicap with Benny The Dip, Egypt and Lady Marisha all in with a chance inside the final furlong, but as they got inside the final half furlong it was Benny The Dip (Bengali D’Albret x Duiker) who asserted his authority under a power packed ride from Kevin Locking to win by three quarters of a length for the Morris family. Egypt (Marawan x Sareefa) ran another brilliant race under owner/trainer/jockey Caroline de Wilde, she ran on strongly in the final furlong and just failed, whilst Lady Marisha (Nevesti x Shimmering Spektra) battled hard in the home straight and was a neck back in third and should be winning soon.

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