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Friday, January 18, 2002



FOLY PLEASANT BIDS TO GO ONE BETTER



Henrietta Knight today announced that Foly Pleasant will run in the Ladbroke Trophy Chase at Cheltenham on Saturday, January 26.

The value of this Listed handicap chase over two miles and five furlongs has been enhanced by the sponsor to £50,000, £20,000 more than its original value, as a result of the loss of Cheltenham's Tripleprint Gold Cup in December and Unicoin New Homes Chase on January 1 due to the weather.

The Ladbroke Trophy is part of a very valuable seven-race programme, worth nearly £250,000, which also features the £75,000 Pillar Property Chase and £50,000 Byrne Bros Cleeve Hurdle.
Foly Pleasant was last seen on a racecourse when finishing the three-length runner-up to Shooting Light in the Thomas Pink Gold Cup, over an extended two miles and four furlongs, at Prestbury Park on November 17 during The Open and had been declared for the Tripleprint.

The Thomas Pink form has been given a boost by Shooting Light's subsequent 11-length victory in the Listed Tote Silver Cup Handicap Chase at Ascot just before Christmas.

The Wantage-based trainer is happy about the extra half furlong of the Ladbroke Trophy Handicap Chase for her charge reasoning today: "Foly Pleasant will be suited by three miles now."
The going for the Thomas Pink Gold Cup was described as good and afterwards Knight had suggested that Foly Pleasant would have preferred the ground much softer.

She added today: "There should be more cut than in the Thomas Pink because we've had rain since then.
"Jim Culloty will ride and the horse is in good form at home. He liked Cheltenham the last time he went there and we hope that he'll run a big race."

Foly Pleasant is unlikely to have things all his own way and he could well come up against a representative from Paul Nicholls' powerful Somerset-based training centre.

Jeremy Young, assistant trainer to Nicholls, reported today: "We are likely to have at least a couple of entries in the Ladbroke Trophy. Possibles are Moving Earth and Exit To Wave and there might be some others.
"Whitenzo goes in the John Bull Chase at Wincanton tomorrow and we'll see how he runs - he might get an entry. Moving Earth is probably the most likely to run."
Moving Earth won a handicap chase at Wincanton by three lengths from Scoring Pedigree on his most recent outing on January 10 and on his only previous Cheltenham start was beaten a neck by Miss O'Grady in a maiden hunter chase over this distance in 1999.

A further highlight on the card is the Grade One Bryne Bros Cleeve Hurdle, over two miles, five and a half furlongs, which for the last three seasons has been won by the Venetia Williams-trained Lady Rebecca.

The Rolfe mare's retirement shortly after gaining her hat-trick means that another horse will have the opportunity to land this valuable race, but Williams today revealed that she will be attempting to keep the prize in her yard by running Effectual.

The nine-year-old, who holds an entry for the Grade One Bonusprint Stayers' Hurdle at the National Hunt Festival, finished the nine-length fourth to Bacchanal in that championship staying hurdle two years ago, although he has not been seen on a racecourse since November, 2000, due to a tendon injury.

Williams, who was keen to stress the seriousness of a tendon injury, said today: "He's ready to run again."
Asked if Effectual had a good chance of taking up Lady Rebecca's mantle in the Bryne Bros Cleeve Hurdle, the trainer added: "It's a very tall order."

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Mister Morose will also make his seasonal debut in the Bryne Bros Cleeve Hurdle according to the Naunton-based handler.

Not seen in public since finishing unplaced behind Geos in the Grade One Pertemps Christmas Hurdle at Kempton in December, 2000, due to the recurrence of an old leg injury, Mister Morose finished one place behind Effectual in the 2000 renewal of the Grade One Bonusprint Stayer's Hurdle.

This season the 12-year-old has been given an entry for the Smurfit Champion Hurdle over two miles - the distance which he has run over on six of his last seven starts.

However, Twiston-Davies is not worried about the extended two miles and five furlong trip of the Bryne Bros Cleeve Hurdle.
"Two miles to two-and-a-half miles - they all come alike to him," he said. "He's won at Cheltenham - he's won at a lot of places - we should be fine then."
As to whether Mister Morose's return to the racecourse will be a successful one, Twiston-Davies added: "I'll have to see what the race looks like - I don't know what is in there yet. Obviously, we wouldn't be going unless we thought that we had a chance."

Peter McNeile, Cheltenham's Commercial Manager, said today: "The enhanced Ladbroke Trophy Chase, together with the Pillar Property Chase, which is building up into a superb trial for the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup, and the Byrne Bros Cleeve Hurdle, make Saturday, January 26, into a great day's racing."



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LATEST JEBEL ALI ACTION




Jebel Ali review
Friday, January 18, 2002

The Umm Al Quwain association of trainer Alan Smith and jockey Wayne Smith
continued their extraordinary success for the season with another double at
Jebel Ali last Friday.

The previous evening both were celebrating their best night in the Emirates
combining with Skoozi to win the Group III Maktoum Challenge Round I. Wayne
Smith also won the Group I Maktoum Challenge Round I for the Purebred
Arabians.

Unfortunately for the jockey, his best meeting ended on a sour note when he
was suspended by Emirates Racing Association stewards for his ride on Skoozi
and outed for three meetings, those including the big HH The President Cup
meeting at Abu Dhabi on January 27.

However, the jockey put that behind him at Jebel Ali on Friday scoring
aboard Man Howa and again, half an hour later, with Lionardo.

The double took Alan Smithıs first season total to 11 while the two became
the 13th and 14th winner for the jockey.

Richard Hills and Erwan Charpy combined earlier in the meeting with the UAE
newcomer Mobtaker, who made an impressive debut in the 65-90 handicap.

Another impressive debut was made by the Peter Brette-trained Haakon in the
Maiden, the horse narrowly defying stablemate Delude in what was the closest
finish seen so far this season.

This event was denied a lot of interest with the race morning withdrawal of
Godolphinıs Interrogate who was due to make his reappearance after 23 months
away from the racecourse, last appearing when second to Bachir in the Khor
Dubai, now the UAE 2000 Guineas.



JEBEL ALI
Friday, January 18, 2002
Weather: Fine. Dirt Track: Fast.


Key: The number in bold is the race number for the season. The figures
beside the race conditions (ie 00-80) are for horses rated in that division
and these figures are in pounds. The UAE Dirham (Dhs) is fixed at US$3.68.


176: Race One. Purebred Arabians. 1,200m. 4YOs & Up Maiden.

Prizemoney: Dhs55,000. 1st: Dhs27,500. 2nd: Dhs13,200. 3rd: Dhs7,700. 4th:
Dhs4,950. 5th: Dhs1,650.

1. BEAMING BUDDY (US) 58kg
1997 gr h Flaming Streak - Bessie Rudd (Nehalems Muhuli)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Godolphin Racing Inc
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: G Birrer.

2. JEOL DE CARRERE (FR) 58kg
1997 ch h Manganate - Quıaty De Carrere (Elaborat)
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Thani
Breeder: EARL Du Haras De Carrere
Trainer: D Duncan. Jockey: P Smullen.

3. AL ABJAR (FR) 55kg
1998 gr c Djelfor - Popravka (Pakistan)
Owner: Mr Mohammed Al Jamali
Breeder: Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan
Trainer: A Selvaratnam. Jockey: A Whelan.

Then came (in order): Bareh (FR), Kadan Bay (FR), Virja (US), Klaw (US). 7
ran. Margins: Nk, .5len. Time: 1:23.56.


177: Race Two. Thoroughbreds. 1,950m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 60-80.

Prizemoney: Dhs75,000. 1st: Dhs37,500. 2nd: Dhs18,000. 3rd: Dhs10,500. 4th:
Dhs6,750. 5th: Dhs2,250.

1. MOBTAKER (IRE) 55kg
1998 b c Marju - Absaar (Alleged)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: R Hills.

2. LANCEWOOD (USA) 53.5kg
1996 ch h Woodman - Triple Tiara (Majestic Light)
Owner: Ahmed Al Shafar
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: G Birrer.

3. ILJASOOR (USA) 53.5kg
1997 b h Rainbow Quest - Jasoorah (Sadlerıs Wells)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: T Durcan.

Then came (in order): Arabian Desert (GB), Minkash (IRE). N/R: Anschluss
(GB). 5 ran. Margins: .5len, 4len. Time: 2:01.19.


178: Race Three. Thoroughbreds. 1,600m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 65-90.

Prizemoney: Dhs85,000. 1st: Dhs42,500. 2nd: Dhs20,400. 3rd: Dhs11,900. 4th:
Dhs7,650. 5th: Dhs2,550.

1. MAN HOWA (IRE) 59kg
1994 ch h Lycius - Almuhtarama (Rainbow Quest)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla
Breeder: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: W Smith
2. MY PLEASURE (GB) 55.5kg
1996 b g Cadeaux Genereux - Raknah (Night Shift)
Owner: Mohammed Jaber Abdullah
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

3. MESHTY (IRE) 59.5kg
1995 b g Lahib - Merry Devil (Sadlerıs Wells)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: James F Hanly
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

Then came (in order): March Crusader (GB), Nobelist (GB), Medraar (GB),
Levantine (IRE). 7 ran. Margins: 3.5len, .5len. Time: 1:37:79.


179: Race Four. Thoroughbreds. 1,800m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 50-70.

Prizemoney: Dhs70,000. 1st: Dhs35,000. 2nd: Dhs16,800. 3rd: Dhs9,800. 4th:
Dhs6,300. 5th: Dhs2,100.

1. LIONARDO (GB) 59.5kg
1996 b h Lion Cavern - Pravolo (Fools Holme)
Owner: Roger Van Slembrouck
Breeder: Raffin Stud
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: W Smith.

2. HADITH (GB) 59.5kg
1995 ch h Nashwan - Azyaa (Kris)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: R Hills.

3. DUBAI MOON (USA) 51 carr 48.5kg
1998 b c Seattle Slew - Headline (Machiavellian)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T OıShea.

Then came (in order): Dajraan (USA), Makasseb (GB), Murjan (FR), Suraaj
(GB), Berlioz (GB), Galoya (IRE), Surveillance (USA), Cinologist (IRE),
Osood (IRE). 12 ran. Margins: 4.25len, Sht hd. Time: 1:50.76.


180: Race Five. Thoroughbreds. 1,400m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ Maiden.

Prizemoney: Dhs55,000. 1st: Dhs27,500. 2nd: Dhs13,200. 3rd: Dhs7,700. 4th:
Dhs4,950. 5th: Dhs1,650.

1. HAAKON (USA) 55.5kg
1998 b c Southern Halo - Fond Princess (Alleged)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Ron Davis
Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: W Ryan.

2. DELUDE (IRE) 55.5kg
1998 ch g Be My Guest - Deceive (Machiavellian)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. BADRAAN (USA) 53.5 carr 54kg
1998 b f Danzig - Gold Sunrise
Owner: Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management Inc
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

Then came (in order): Saabrin (GB), Prospects Of Glory (USA), Naiyzak (NZ),
Red Astaire (NZ), Rose Briar (AUS). 8 ran. Margins: Nose, 1.5len. Time:
1:26.60.


181: Race Six. Thoroughbreds. 1,400m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 25-50.

Prizemoney: Dhs60,000. 1st: Dhs30,000. 2nd: Dhs14,400. 3rd: Dhs8,400. 4th:
Dhs5,400. 5th: Dhs1,800.

1 SAINT MALO (USA) 57.5kg
1995 b/br h Nureyev - Jeanyıs Halo by Sunnyıs Halo
Owner: Ziad Galadari
Breeder: JTL Jones & RD Hubbard
Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: W Supple.

2. SERDAAL (GB) 55.5kg
1995 b h Warning - Negeen (Danzig)
Owner: Mohammed Nayamat
Breeder: Sheih Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: G Birrer.

3. DIVINE WIND (GB) 58kg
1998 ch f Clantime - Breezy Day (Day Is Done)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mrs J McMahon
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

Then came (in order): Iceband (USA), Motamakkin (IRE), Enzed Success (NZ),
Nar (AUS), Al Farazzdaq (NZ), Amal Jumairah (GB), Madurese (GB), Tell Them
All (GB), Afreet (GB), Ikaab (USA). N/R: Agreeable (GB) [Late], Hula Prince
(Green Laafe (GB). 13 ran. Margins: 2len, 6len. Time: 1:26.09.




GIRL POWER IN RACING




The recently credited terminology - GIRL POWER - will be put in motion this
Saturday (19/1/02) live on Channel 4's The Morning Line, when three girls -
Graham, Stevenson and Davies - take centre stage.


The Morning Line, commencing as ever at 9am, will be introduced by Lesley
Graham with Tanya Stevenson managing the daily emails and, making her
inaugural debut on the show as ‘special guest' is - champion lady golfer,
Laura Davies. Jim McGrath, John Francome and John McCririck will be joining
the girls.


A spokes-person for Channel Four Racing, commented: "We are delighted and
most fortunate to welcome Laura on to The Morning Line. She is obviously a
massive racing fan - who else would make a public appearance during their
final week's holiday before participating in the LPGA tour in America. The
show promises to be excellent viewing with John Francome red-hot favourite
to seek some golfing advice!"

Meanwhile, Channel Four Racing's afternoon card (1.20 - 4pm) includes eight
races from three independent racecourses:

Kempton Park
1.35 January Juvenile Novices' Hurdles (2m)
2.05 Shepperton H'cap Hurdle (2m 5f)
2.35 Sunbury Novices' Chase (3m)
3.05 Tote Scoop6 Lanzarote Hurdle (H'cap) (2m)
3.40 Super Tactics H'cap Chase (2m 4½f)

Catterick
1.45 Stanley Racing H'cap Hurdle (2m)
3.25 Stanley Racing Novices' H'cap Chase (2m)

Wincanton
2.15 Highclere Group of Companies John Bull Chase (2m 5f)



LATEST NAD AL SHEBA ACTION




Nad Al Sheba Review, Thursday January 17, 2002

The New Zealand-bred Skoozi defied the beliefs of both his current and form trainer when upsetting a class field in the Group III Maktoum Challenge Round I at Nad Al Sheba last Thursday night and in doing so secured an invitation for the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 23.


While Skoozi had been impressive on his first start for Alan Smith when winning the Maktoum Challenge Prep over the same course and distance three weeks prior to this, it was his failure behind Festival Of Light in the Godolphin Mile last year that had many believing he would find it tough dealing with the dirt surface amongst a bigger field.


In the Maktoum Challenge Prep he faced just four rivals, had an easy run behind them and then eased out to win easily but in the Maktoum Challenge Round I he was expected to face some kickback with the expected fast pace.


The fast pace eventuated however Skoozi found himself sitting fourth on the fence behind the Godolphin number one entrant China Visit, a passage that was to prove vital when he overhauled China Visit to win by a nose.


The up and coming Royal Tryst was two lengths away third with Conflict, the 2000 Godolphin Mile winner two lengths further back.


State Shinto was slightly disappointing not finishing the race off as expected though he will no doubt improve on his sixth placing, beaten eight lengths.


The Maktoum Challenge Series has been the domain of Godolphin since its inception in 1993/1994 and last night the stable had three runners, China Visit, State Shinto and Nooshman aiming to give them their 18th win from the 25 races held during the Series' history.


"Graeme Rogerson had his doubts about Skoozi's true ability on the dirt and to be truthful so do I," Smith said.


"But he is a very good racehorse and he has been invited to run on Dubvai World Cup Day, what race he will run in we will wait and see."

Jockey Wayne Smith continued a big race double on Skoozi enjoying his biggest night of racing in his Emirates career, the jockey having earlier won the Group I Purebred Arabian Maktoum Challenge aboard the Julian Smart-trained Nez D'Or, who upset the highly fancied Parador.


China Visit's effort was very good, having to make the pace and then continue to fight on against a horse with the fitness advantage.


Earlier in the evening trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam secured a double with the victories of Kameynn and Baaridd with stable jockey Pat Smullen riding the first of the winners and Gary Hind the second.


Hind's victory on Baaridd came as somewhat of a surprise, the son of Halling being the second choice of the stable behind Yajree who could finish only third, the former Australian Orchestrated continuing his consistent form again being second.


Hind's success on Baaridd provided him with another double, winning the first on the night aboard the filly Regal Chad.


The first Amateur rider's event for the season went to Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the current world endurance champion riding his first winner in a race when successful aboard Melaaff.


NAD AL SHEBA
Thursday, January 17, 2002
Weather: Fine. Dirt Track: Fast. Turf Track: Good


All races dirt unless stated.


168: Race One: Thoroughbreds. 1,300m 3YOs Maiden.

Prizemoney: Dhs55,000. 1st: Dhs27,500. 2nd: Dhs13,200. 3rd: Dhs7,700. 4th: Dhs4,950. 5th: Dhs1,650.

1. REGAL CHAD (USA) 53kg
1999 dk b/br f Langfuhr - Regal Grant (Mr Prospector)
Owner: Ahmed Al Shafar
Breeder: H & S Sexton
Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: G Hind.

2. ITHRAIR (IRE) 55kg
1999 ch c Machiavellian - Saleemah (Storm Bird)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd
Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: R Hills.

3. ERZURUM (FR) 55kg
1999 b c Tel Quel - Kalkidiki (Saint Andrews)
Owner: Ziad Galadari
Breeder: Charlton Bloodtsock Ltd
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: M Hills.

Then came (in order): Dubai Banner (USA), Vrai Bleu (IRE), Rue Mazarine (IRE), Doc Brook (USA), Carson Country (USA), Mr Hollywood (USA), Inbetwict (USA), Kentucky Glitter (USA). 11 ran. Margins: 1.25len, 3.25len. Time: 1:20.13.


169: Race Two: Thoroughbreds. 1,500m NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 55-80. Prizemoney: Dhs75,000. 1st: Dhs37,500. 2nd: Dhs18,000. 3rd: Dhs10,500. 4th: Dhs6,750. 5th: Dhs2,250.

1. KAMEYNN (IRE) 62kg
1998 b c Green Desert - Continuous (Darshaan)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Forenaghts Stud
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

2. SHATHER (IRE) 62kg
1997 b/br c Goofalik - Western Pride (Priamos)
Owner: Ziad Galadari
Breeder: Galadari Sons Stud Co Ltd
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: S Sanders.

3. CABLE MEDIA BOY (IRE) 61kg
1996 b g Great Commotion - Lady Fleetsin (Double Schwartz)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Miss Ann Neary & James Nolan
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

Then came (in order): Dubai Down Under (NZ), Alhasad (USA), Randsom's Handsome (USA), Morshid (USA). 7 ran. Margins: 2.5len, 1.5len. Time: 1:31.39.


170: Race Three: Thoroughbreds. 2,400m NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 35-60. (Turf). Am
Riders. Prizemoney: Dhs65,000. 1st: Dhs32,500. 2nd: Dhs15,600. 3rd: Dhs9,100. 4th: Dhs5,850. 5th: Dhs1,950.

1. MELAAFF (IRE) 76.5kg
1996 ch h Nashwan - Glorious Song (Halo)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum.

2. MILAZZO (IRE) 78.5kg
1996 b h Lycius - Maresca (Mill Reef)
Owner: Mohammed bin Ahmed Khalifa Al Youssuf
Breeder: Citadel Farm
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: F Cooper.

3. EDRAAK (IRE) 81.5kg
1996 b h Shirley Heights - Sahara Star (Green Desert)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Management Ltd
Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: D Murphy.

Then came (in order): Outspoken (GB), High Regard (JPN), Kamin (USA), Saat Al Sifr (IRE). 7 ran. Margins: 2len, 2.5len. Time: 2:40.34.


171: Race Four: Thoroughbreds. 1,500m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 30-60.

Prizemoney: Dhs65,000. 1st: Dhs32,500. 2nd: Dhs15,600. 3rd: Dhs9,100. 4th:
Dhs5,850. 5th: Dhs1,950.

1. KEDAR (IRE) 62 carr 59.5kg
1997 b g Alzao - Katie McIain (Java Gold)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mrs C L Weld
Trainer: J Sadler. Jockey: M Hussey.

2. FELLOE (USA) 55kg
1997 ch c Kingmambo - Freewheel (Arctic Tern)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: W S Farish & E J Hudson Jr. Irrevocable Trust
Trainer: K McLaughlin. Jockey: W Supple.

3. PROMPT DELIVERY (USA) 51kg
1995 b h Zilzal - Bold'n Determined (Bold And Brave)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud Inc
Trainer: R Hackworth. Jockey: D Biggs.

Then came (in order): Berlioz (GB), Not Joking (NZ), Sicnee (USA), Derby
Darbak (USA). 7 ran. Margins: 3.5len, .75len. Time: 1:33.49.


172: Race Five: Thoroughbreds. 1,300m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 75-100.

Prizemoney: Dhs105,000. 1st: Dhs52,500. 2nd: Dhs25,200. 3rd: Dhs14,700. 4th:
Dhs9,450. 5th: Dhs3,150.

1. BAARIDD (GB) 56.5kg
1998 b c Halling - Millstream (Dayjur)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: G Hind.

2. ORCHESTRATED (AUS) 55.5kg
1996 b g Palace Music - Madam Zoffany (Zoffany)
Owner: Rodney Dufficy
Breeder: Daw Investments Pty
Trainer: J Sadler. Jockey: C Williams.

3. YAJREE (IRE) 55.5kg
1995 b g Selkirk - Ustka (Lomond)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: London Thoroughbred Services Ltd
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

Then came (in order): Sicnee (USA), Abreeze (USA), Ghayth (GB). N/R: Ma Yoram (USA). 6 ran. Margins: Nk, Sht hd. Time: 1:18.05.


173: Race Six: Al Maktoum Challenge Rd I (Group I). 1600m Purebred Arabians.

5YOs+ Prizemoney: Dhs200,000. 1st: Dhs100,000. 2nd: Dhs40,000. 3rd: Dhs20,000.

4th: Dhs10,000. 5th: Dhs6,000. 6th: 4,000.

1. NEZ D'OR (FR) 56kg
1997 b h Dormane - Naiada Al Maury (Baroud III)
Owner: Hamad Suhail Al Ketbi
Breeder: Ms Marie-Claude Biaudis
Trainer: J Smart. Jockey: W Smith.

2. PARADOR (FR) 56kg
1996 ch c Dormane - Pralinr du Cassou (Baroud III)
Owner: Sheikh Khalifa bin Mohammed Al Thani
Breeder: M Georges Pasquier
Trainer: D Duncan. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. KHOUTOUBIA (FR) 56kg
1994 gr h Djouras Tu - Khaddouj (Haroun)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Ms Nadia Bestaoui Quilichini
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

Then came (in order): Nivour de Cardonne (FR), Al Anood (GB), Marh'aba (FR), Croixnoire (US). 7 ran. Margins: Sht hd, 13len. Time: 1:45.78. Comment: After his first run of the season many were predicting that Nez D'Or was about to assume the mantle of his more celebrated stablemate Ezil when finishing a narrow second to that horse in the national Day Cup Prep at Abu Dhabi. However after that he was third to the same horse in the National Day Cup before a last start four length second to Parador in the Mazrat Al Ruwayah. Trainer Julian Smart had no hesitation in running the horse in the opening round of the Maktoum Challenge despite knowing he would have to turn around a four length deficit with Parador from their last meeting. Going into the opening round, many were still prepared to say that Parador would be too classy though, at the same time, he would face a harder task here with the highly rated pair of Croixnoire and Al Anood making their UAE debuts. Shortly after jumping, Parador went straight to the front with Nez D'Or sitting second. Al Anood raced wide in third and did appear as though she wanted to hang out while Khoutoubia was fourth on the inside and then Croixnoire. They remained in much the same way until the turn for home when Parador was asked for another effort. In recent starts he has managed to get a good break on the field here however in this event, Nez D'Or d went with him. At the 400m Parador did appear as though he would hang on however all credit must go to Nez D'Or who rallied strongly in the last 200m and got to Parador in the closing 50m to win narrowly. Parador stayed on very well for third while Khoutoubia, last season's Maktoum Challenge champion was third, 13 lengths away. Al Anood was officially fifth while Croixnoire showing that the 1,600m was beyond her to finish last. Nez D'Or became Julian Smart's fifth individual Maktoum Challenge winner, he won the opening round with Dent du Loup in 1996 and 1998 and with the same horse and Ezil in 1996 and 2001 respectively in the third and final round.


Race Seven: Al Maktoum Challenge Rd I (Group III). 1,600m. Thoroughbreds. NH
4YOs+ SH 3YOs+
Prizemoney: Dhs350,000. 1st: Dhs210,000. 2nd: Dhs70,000. 3rd: Dhs35,000.

4th: Dhs17,500. 5th: Dhs10,500. 6th: 7,000
1. SKOOZI (NZ) 58kg
1995 b h Prince Of Praise - Tweed View (Imposing)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla
Breeder: Mrs L A Marks
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: W Smith.

2. CHINA VISIT (USA) 58kg
1997 dk d/br c Red Ransom - Furajet (The Minstrel)
Owner: Godolphin
Breeder: Gainsborough Farm Inc
Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: J Carroll.

3. ROYAL TRYST (USA) 58kg
1997 ch c Kingmambo - In On The Street (Secretariat)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Earl H Schultz
Trainer: J Sadler. Jockey: C Williams.

Then came (in order): Conflict (FR), Nooshman (USA), State Shinto (USA),
Superiority (USA), Jila (IRE), Zoning (GB). N/R: Curule (USA). 9 ran.

Margins: Nose, 2len. Time: 1:35.99.

Comment: There was always going to be a fast pace set in this opening round
of the Maktoum Challenge and with that eventuating in the first 200m it
allowed Skoozi to get right up along the fence from his inside barrier and
sit right behind the leaders as they settled down. The opening round winner
from last season, China Visit eventually got to the front but not after
there were four in line at the end of 200m which include he, Conflict,
Zoning and Jila. After this China Visit settled down to lead on the inside
of Zoning with Jila dropping back to third and Skoozi had the run of the
race up fourth on the inside of Conflict. Royal tryst and State Shinto were
allowed to settle back in the field and this fast pace was always going to
suit. As the field turned for home China Visit beat off Zoning but then
Skoozi got out from behind the leaders to issue his challenge. State Shinto
was eased into gaps back in the field as was Royal Tryst. At the 300m China
Visit still held the lead however Skoozi was not to be denied and kept
coming. Royal Tryst was making up good ground in a rush while Conflict
continued to come out wide. Skoozi got to China Visit however he was not to
be denied and continued to fight. But it was Skoozi who prevailed in the
final 50m and while China Visit came back, Skoozi won by a nose with Royal
tryst two lengths away third and Conflict another length and a half away
third. Prior to this Skoozi had finished well back in the Godolphin Mile but
since moving permanently to the UAE had won the Maktoum Challenge Prep three
weeks beforehand. In that race he defeated Conflict by three and a half
lengths, the same margin that separated him here. As to how far he will go
remains open to question but he deserves his chance in the second round as
does Royal Tryst. State Shinto didnıt really finish the race off as well as
he could but will no doubt improve for the run. His time of 1:35.99 was
faster than China Visitıs the previous season and was the third fastest time
for the opening round in the Series history, only half a second behind
Spindrift in 1999 and Siege in 2000. China Visitıs effort was very good,
having to make the pace and then continue to fight on against a horse with
the fitness advantage.

175: Race Eight: Thoroughbreds. 2,400m. NH 4YOs+ SH 3YOs+ 80-100 (Turf).

Prizemoney: Dhs105,000. 1st: Dhs52,500. 2nd: Dhs25,200. 3rd: Dhs14,700. 4th: Dhs9,450. 5th: Dhs3,150.

1. CLODION (IRE) 58kg
1996 b h Nikos - Didia Clara (Sea Break)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Claude Cohen
Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: J Carroll.

2. MUKHALIF (IRE) 60kg
1996 ch h Caerleon - Potri Pe (Portillazo)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: J Sadler. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. DUBAI TO DUBAI (USA) 51kg
1998 dk b/br c Kris S - Mr P's Princess (Mr Prospector)
Owner: Godolphin
Breeder: Harold Harrison
Trainer: S bin Suroor. Jockey: D O'Donohoe.

Then came (in order): Capital Prince (FR), Paris Sport (FR), Arabian (GB), Nadeem (IRE), Hudood (USA), Timahs (GB), Borneo Boy (USA). 10 ran. Margins: 3.5len, hd. Time: 2:31.72.


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