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Race reports, with career details, form assessments and pedigree notes, posted between each race on day three of the Dubai International Racing Carnival.
SILVER MIST FOLLOWS UP
The Al Rashiyida Stakes (G3), a $200,000 contest over the same 1777 metres as the prestigious Dubai Duty Free (G1) on World Cup night in March, may have produced a contender for that race in Silver Mist, who followed up his win here two weeks ago by outbattling another previous Carnival winner, Third Set to land the spoils. Godolphin’s contender Kirklees, having his first run for nearly three months, ran a promising race for third. But the day belonged to Silver Mist, jockey Kevin Shea and trainer Mike de Kock, who said after that race that “he has probably done enough now to get into the Duty Free, and we will put him away now”.
The seven-year-old Silver Mist was bred in South Africa by Midlands Equine Enterprises and he is a son of the successful sire Western Winter. A tough and battle-hardened performer, Silver Mist has finished only a couple of lengths behind the South African champion Pocket Power in four Group 1 events in his homeland. He was sixth in the prestigious Durban July Stakes (G1) at Greyville last summer, beaten only 2 ¾ lengths, and went on to fill the same place in the Champions Cup (G1) at Clairwood three weeks later. The Al Rashiyida was Silver Mist’s ninth career win. His dam, Palace Bride, is a daughter of Palace Music out of the Irish bred mare Bridesmaid (London Bells), a very smart sprinter for Robert Sangster in England in 1986.
Joey Ramsden trained Silver Mist when he was racing in South Africa.
LONGSHOT FARES OPENS THE SHOW
The Doug Watson trained outsider Fares, going off at a massive 60-1 in the international pool and a 25-1 shot with bookmakers in England, landed the opener, the Dubai Ingot 1600 Handicap on dirt. Coming back after finishing fourth to Glen Nevis here last week (a first run for two years), he was racing in third around the turn, and had more stamina than his closest rivals. After getting the upper hand 200 metres out, he was attacked by the 9yo veteran Grand Hombre, who stayed on from last to grab second, without ever threatening the winner. Fateh Field was a one paced third, while Aamaaq ran fourth. He had finished two places in front of Fares in Glen Nevis’s race seven days ago.
The winner is a 5yo gelded son of champion miler Mark Of Esteem, out of the Southern Halo mare Iftitan. Fares was bred in Ireland by Darley, and he raced in England during 2007, when Clive Brittain trained him to win the International Stakes (LR) on Polytrack at Lingfield Park. His dam is an unraced half-sister to Silent Greeting, a Grade 3 winner over 1 1/16 miles in North America.
SAVING GROUND ON TURF
Sixteen runners lined up for the second race of the night, the Dubai Trophy Handicap over 1500 metres (7.5 fur.) on the turf course. The race had a warm favourite in Godolphin’s 4yo Yamal, who ran a good race but had to settle for second – behind a very game, and well ridden, Ragheed (Rahy). Richard Hills had him right on the rail throughout, from post one, and the chestnut quickened away with about 100 metres to go. The favourite, who had been in midfield around the one-turn event, ran on well but could never get to grips with Ragheed, who scored for the fifth time in a 13-race career here. Mojito Royale came out best in a bunch finish for third.
Ragheed, trained by Erwan Charpy, returned at 33-1 in the UK and 84-1 in the pools, and punters are anything but confident, as we approach the third race. Owned by Hamdam Al Maktoum, Ragheed was a handicap winner at Newmarket in England at three, when trained by William Haggas. His dam Highbury (Seattle Slew) is a half-sister to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Gal in Ruckus. Ragheed was bred by Swordlestown Stud in Kentucky.
LAST STRIDE CHANGE
The 5-furlong dirt sprint of the night – the Dubai Power Dash Hcap - looked to be in the bag for Tawaassol and Richard Hills as they took charge inside the final furlong, but Change Late, ridden by Royston Ffrench for trainer Ali Al Raihe, came with a late surge to get up in the final stride. Bounty Quest just got third under Fernando Jara. Change Alley, who was never far off the speed but under pressure some way out, ran a thouroughly game race, to win for the second time in his career. This 4yo colt, by Elusive Quality out of Fortune (Night Shift) was bred by Darley America in Kentucky. His 5yo full-brother Celtic Gold was a maiden winner at Lingfield Park in England three weeks ago. The dam Fortune, bred in Ireland, is a full-sister to the high class turf sprinter Dyhim Diamond. Yet another example of the excellent bloodlines on show at this year’s Carnival, even in the supporting events.
WATSON’S TEAM IN FORM
The Dubai Billet 2000 Handicap, staged over 1 ¼ miles on dirt, looked a wide-open affair on paper. Mutasalill was an absentee, leaving a field 14 runners, aged four to eight. Royston Ffrench, looking for his second winner on the night, rode a very positive race on the longshot Moonquake, and went ahead passing the 1400 metres mark. Moonquake quickened away at the top of the lane and was looking good, but from behind came the Doug Watson trained Dynamic Saint, hard ridden by Ryan Moore after having dropped right out of contention on the turn. Grinding his way up, he went by for a one-length win. The top two finished well clear of the third-placed Trust N Dustan, also trained by Doug Watson, who had been in the winners’ enclosure after Fares won the opener.
Dynamic Saint (Sweetsouthernsaint), a 6yo gelding bred in Florida by Harold Plumley, finished third behind Lucky Ray and Clasp (who failed to fire this time) in the Attijari Al Islami Cup Handicap here at Nad Al Sheba on January 1. He had four previous wins and has always run well over this distance. His dam, the Dynaformer daughter Le Nat, has been in the news in North America this winter, as her son Machismo (Trippi) ran second both in the El Conejo Handicap (G3) and Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita.
AGE OF REASON STEPPING UP
Muhammed Bin Shafya, enjoying such a great start to his training career, saddled four of the twelve runners in the 12-furlong Dubai Poltine Trophy Handicap . The turf contest, carrying a $175,000 purse, did not go his way though, as the early leader Detonator (who set a moderate pace) dropped away tamely early in the straight and none of the other three came out from the pack. Age Of Reason, coming off a third to Crime Scene two weeks ago, turned the form around in no uncertain manner today. Ted Durcan sent him into the lead 400 metres out and the 4yo son of Halling strode right away for a comfortable win. He was back on a tight rein passing the post, leaving a battle for second to Young Mick, trained by George Margarson, and Love Galore, running for Mark Johnston (trainer of Age Of Reason last year). Young Mick, pointing at the big staying event here next month, got second by a head.
Age Of Reason now has three wins to his name. He is trained by Saeed bin Suroor. The gelding is a homebred bred Darley UAE product, out of the Danzig mare Time Changes, also dam of the English maiden winner Deadline. Time Changes, out of the top class North American performer Make Change (Roberto) won twice in France at three (incl. Prix Isola Bella) and she is a half-sister to Marozia, the dam of Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Andromedas Hero.
DURBAN JULY FORM STRIKES AGAIN
Strategic News, trained by Herman Brown and ridden by Ryan Moore, came with a very strong run in the home straight of the finale, the Dubai Casthouse Handicap over a mile, and flew past the two warriors Furnace and Fleeting Shadow for a stylish win. The son of Strategic (Zeditave) came from some way back and was much the best in this event. This win is yet another boost to the form of the Durban July (G1) in South Africa, a race Silver Mist also ran in last year. Strategic News was unplaced in the Durban July, but beaten no more than 3 ½ length in the champioship race over 11 furlongs at Greyville. Back in 2007, he landed the Steinhoff International Summer Cup (G1) over 10 furlongs at Turffontein. Silver News is now six, but he has had just 17 starts, with five wins and four runner-up efforts in the book, and is clearly a smart performer with more miles on the clock. Bred in Australia, by Burst Pty Ltd., he is out of the Grand Lodge daughter Sensuous, a half-sister to the Group 2 winner De France and Group 3 winner Whistler.
“He seems like a horse with improvement, and who knows what we might get to here”, said Herman Brown about Stratetic News, “we were worried about the distance, as he likes further, but the pace was strong and it suited him well”
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Last update: 2009-01-31 07:57:49 (First published: 2009-01-29 10:15:33 )
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