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Al Bastakiya: Derby run up for grabs
by Handicappers ( / Globeform (
Last update: 2009-03-12 17:32:50 (First published: 2009-02-28 14:17:20 )

Super Thursday: A field of seven runners, with various backgrounds, go to post for the 9-furlong Al Bastakiya (LR).

The winner will almost certainly be taking aim at the UAE Derby (G2) on Dubai World Cup night.


Nad Al Sheba Thursday 5 Mar 2009
1800m / 9fur DIRT / 3yo / $250,000

Horses ranked in preference of handicapper,
presented with sire, last placings (most recent
first / 0 = worse than 9th) / trainer and jockey.

A “+” after the rating indicates improvement expected.

1 - JOSE ADAN (Crypto Star) / 6211 / S bin Suroor / T Durcan
6 - MUY PONDERADO (Mutakddim) / 113 / M bin Shafya / J Rosales
4 - MEDICI (Sir Cat) / 1144 / J Barton / M Kinane
2 - PASO DE GLORIA (Honour and Glory) / 11 / M bin Shafya / A Ajtebi
3 - SO SHINY (Indygo Shiny) / 4121 / J Barton / NON-RUNNER
5 - SOY LIBERANO (Ride the Rails) / 2121 / M bin Shafya / W Supple
7 - I AM THE BEST (King’s Best) / 6126 / A Rashid Al Raihe / R French

Jose Adan was well beaten when making his seasonal debut on turf here at Nad Al Sheba, but he looked exceptionally well and ran like a horse needing the run. If that was the case, he had three excuses for finishing unplaced behind his exciting stable companion City Style in that sprint event. The trip was certainly too short, the surface probably not to his liking, and the race possibly came too soon for Jose Adan.

His form was both rapidly improving and strong in Chicago last year, and it has worked out well, so let’s give him another chance of ending up in the Nad Al Sheba winners’ circle here. Trained by Wayne Catalano last year, the son of Crypto Star came with a storming run from well back when passing the post first in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3). Following a somewhat controversial decision by the Arlington Stewards, Jose Adan was demoted for having caused interference. They took two horses down and the race was awarded to Terrain, who subsequently split the two top-class colts Square Eddie and Pioneerof The Nile in the Futurity (G1) at Keeneland and ran fourth to Midshipman in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Jose Adan’s achievements as a juvenile – when he was first past the post in all three starts – made him one of the most exciting young runners in the USA, and it will be interesting to see him on the dirt in the Al Bastakiya.

Muy Ponderado improved nicely with each run in Argentina, where he won a good allowance race by 4 lengths on his third outing. That was over 1 ¼ miles, so there does not seem to be any stamina worries regarding this son og Mutakddim. On paper, he looks the best of the new faces on this stage.

Medici has a lot of experience, with 3 wins from 8 runs, and he has already won beyond ten furlongs, having landed the 11-furlong St. Leger Stakes (G1) in his native Chile in December. Racing in the first two throughout, Medici took the lead three furlongs out and won by 7 ½ lengths from Tepeyac.

Paso de Gloria, recruited from Peru, has two wins from two runs in the book and he came home by over fifteen lengths when winning over 7.5 furlongs at Monterrico last August. By Honour and Glory, he may possess a bit too much speed for a real stamina test but his credentials are good.

So Shiny, winner of the one-mile UAE 1,000 Guineas (LR) in February (made all), pulled too hard in front and faded badly when beaten 13 lengths behind Devotee in the UAE Oaks (LR) over this distance last week. She is quite classy but hard to fancy over 9 furlongs. NON-RUNNER




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