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Nad Al Sheba review, Thursday January 3 2002

Australian jockey Craig Williams produced a brilliant rude to turn defeat into victory aboard Glad Master in last Thursday¹s Dhs350,000 Al Shindagha Sprint, 1,200m, at Nad Al Sheba.

Glad Master came from last, weaved his way through gaps that didn't appear to be there to win the Al Shindagha Sprint by a neck from Swiss Law with crystal magician a head away third.

Flight Pattern was another neck away fourth in a race where under four lengths covered the first seven home.

However, it was Williams' ride that meant the difference and the jockey continued a magnificent recent run of success which has seen him register victories with his first rides at Ghantoot, Jebel Ali and Sharjah.

The ride aboard Glad Master was also a timely one as English trainer Mick Channon was at Nad Al Sheba, the jockey having ridden for Channon in the last two seasons in England.

His association with fellow Australian John Sadler has been a formidable one in recent weeks and Glad Master's success here was Sadler's 16th of the season.

It was also his third Pattern success after the Abu Dhabi Championship and Nad Al Sheba Gold Cup victories he enjoyed at the end of his first season in the Emirates in 2000/2001.

Williams never panicked when Glad Master was given away quite a big start on the home turn, he saved ground staying on the fence however it was a move that could have backfired had he not got the runs when he wanted.

Swiss Law again finished second in a major race in the Emirates to go with his palcings in last season's national day Cup and HH The President Cup and it is the renewal of the latter at the end of January where he will head next.

Crystal Magician produced an outstanding run to finish third, narrowly failing to give trainer Paddy Rudkin his third win from as many runnings in the race, while Flight Pattern was fourth.

Earlier Erwan Charpy ensured he stayed at the top of the trainer's championship with a winning double, Cherry Pickings breaking through after a sequence of recent placings before the UAE debut win of Medraar.

Trainer Peter Brette and jockey Willie Ryan also carried on their success with a winning double, Conceal winning the Maiden before Capital Prince's victory in the final event.

Thursday, January 03, 2002
Weather: Fine. Dirt Track: Fast. Turf Track: Good

All races dirt unless stated.

132: Race One. Purebred Arabians. 1,300m. 4YOs 89-109. 5YOs+ 80-100
Prizemoney: Dhs105,000. 1st: Dhs52,500. 2nd: Dhs25,200. 3rd: Dhs14,700. 4th: Dhs9,450. 5th: Dhs3,150.

1 MUFAQ (FR) 56.5kg
1994 b h Djourman - Best (Besbes)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
Breeder: M Jean Cambon
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: M Hills.

2. EA AL-NAKI (UY) 55.5kg
1995 ch h AV Makanaki - Al Tamah (Tasrudi)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Estela Mendy De Ott
Trainer: J Wickham. Jockey: T Durcan.

3. BELLAA (US) 56.5kg
1997 gr f Monarch - Esbella (Bandos)
Owner: Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Breeder: Magness Arabians
Trainer: L Y Carter. Jockey: W Ryan.

Then came (in order): Lady Esbella (US), Keep Goin (US), Never Mind (US), Al Saham Al Fuddi (FR), Archbishop (US). 8 ran. Margins: Hd, hd. Time: 1:27.39.

133: Race Two. 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. CONCEAL (GB) 58kg
1998 b g Cadeaux Genereux - Mystery Play (Sadler's Wells)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: W Ryan.

2. MR FEAR (ARG) 53.5kg
1998 b c Numerous - Lahfeh (Cox's Ridge)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Firmamento
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: R Hills.

1997 b g Danewin - Rangiora (Greenwood)
Owner: Mr N Lootah
Breeder: Emirates Park Pty Ltd
Trainer: K Hawtin. Jockey: H Tinsley.

Then came (in order): Kedar (IRE), Hamsaat Hi Haat (USA), Mr Perfect (GB), Dubai Moon (USA), Go On My Son (NZ), Saabrin (GB), Cinologist (IRE), Silver Medal (USA). 11 ran. Margins: Nk, 2.5len. Time: 1:23.91.

134: Race Three. Thoroughbreds. 1,200m. 3YOs & Up. Conds.

Prizemoney: Dhs100,000. 1st: Dhs50,000. 2nd: Dhs24,000. 3rd: Dhs14,000. 4th:
Dhs9,000. 5th: Dhs3,000.

1. FUEGUINO (ARG) 59kg
1998 ch c Luhuk - Fontina (Salt Marsh)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mualla
Breeder: La Quebrada
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: W Smith.

2. MR SENA (ARG) 61kg
1998 b c Numerous - Speediness (Etienne Gerard)
Owner: The Lamprell Partnership
Breeder: Firmamento
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan.

1999 b f Deposit Ticket - Laughing Ruler (Iron Ruuler)
Owner: Sultan Ali Al Subusi
Breeder: Carrel Eakle
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: J Carroll.

Then came (in order): Quickcheck Marquet (USA), Loxia (FR), Troy Hills
(USA), Doc Brook (USA). 7 ran. Margins: 3len, nk. Time: 1:10.83.

135: Race Four. Thoroughbreds. 1,500m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 40-70.

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

1997 b c Miner's Mark - Cherry D'Or (Cassateria)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Bradyleigh Farms
Trainer: E Charpy. Jockey: T Durcan.

2. WALMOOH (GB) 56.5kg
1996 b h In The Wings - Walimu (Top Ville)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: D Selvaratnam. Jockey: P Smullen.

1996 b g Bold Badgett - Woodlyn (Caucasus)
Owner: Sheikh Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: S L U Inc
Trainer: R Hackworth. Jockey: D Biggs.

Then came (in order): Petary (GB), Al Andaleeb (NZ), Fairy Halo (ARG), Spartak (IRE), Aquitania (GB), Token (GB), Agreeable (GB). 10 ran. Margins: 3.5len, hd. Time: 1:29.67.

136: Race Five. Thoroughbreds. 1,500m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 75-100. (Turf).

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

1. MEDRAAR (GB) 60.5kg
1998 b c Machiavellian - Saleemah (Storm Bird)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: R Hills.

2. ALBOOSTAN (GB) 60kg
1995 b h Sabrehill - Russian Countess (Nureyev)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Godolphin Management Co Ltd
Trainer: N Robb. Jockey: A Delpech.

3. ROYAL TRYST (USA) 60.5kg
1997 ch c Kingmambo - In On The Street (Secretariat)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Earl H Schultz
Trainer: J Sadler. Jockey: T Durcan.

Then came (in order): Kathir (USA), Calchas (IRE), Raheibb (IRE), Delude (IRE), Speedfit Too (IRE), Legalis (USA), Sannaan (GB). 10 ran. Margins: .75len, Sht hd. Time: 1:33.39.

136: Race Six. Al Shindagha Sprint (Prestige) Thoroughbreds. 1,200m. NH
4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ Conds (Turf).

Prizemoney: Dhs350,000. 1st: Dhs210,000. 2nd: Dhs70,000. 3rd: Dhs35,000. 4th: Dhs17,500. 5th: Dhs10,500. 6th: Dhs7,000.

1. GLAD MASTER (GER) 56.5kg
1997 b c Big Shuffle - Glady Star (Star Appeal)
Owner: Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gestut Auenquelle
Trainer: J Sadler. Jockey: C Williams.

2. SWISS LAW (GB) 56.5kg
1994 b g Machiavellian - Seductress (Known Fact)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: J M Greetham
Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: W Ryan.

1996 ch h Cadeaux Genereux - Miss Temerity (Sharrood)
Owner: Mohammed bin Ahmed Khalifa Al Youssuf
Breeder: Bloomsbury Stud
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: M Hills.

Then came (in order): Haltarra (USA), Borneo Boy (USA), Mumtaaz (GB). 6 ran.

Margins: 2.25len, .75len. Time: 1:36.95.

Comment: A finish that befitted a race of this quality with the four of the best sprinters in the country crossing the line with a half a length separating them and with under four lengths separating seven of the eight runners. Countless was the disappointing runner running way below his best in finishing eight and a half lengths behind the seventh placed Mutamayyaz. A faster than expected early pace saw Asaal and Crystal Magician go along at a fairly so9lid tempo with Flight Pattern settling just in behind with last year's winner Mutamayyaz on his outside. Maidaan, Swiss Law and Countless were next with Glad Master allowed plenty of time to settle back at the rear. This order remained the same until the home turn where the field began to pack up with Crystal Magician and Asaal still in control. Flight Pattern was looking to get out however Mutamayyaz kept him there while Swiss law was making his run on the outside and Glad master was trying to get through closer to the inside. Crystal magician got to the front and it did appear he was going to give trainer Paddy Rudkin his third win in the race however Swiss Law was coming fast, Flight Pattern was still there and then Glad Master got the split in the final 25m, burst through and actually won quite comfortably on the line, Swiss Law followed up his second in the National Day Cup with another second in an Emirates feature, just in front of Crystal Magician and Flight Pattern. Flight Pattern, like last season, was the winner of the Al Shindagha Sprint before a fourth place here, though he could have been a shade unlucky. Maidaan again ran well while Countless' effort was too bad to be true. Crystal magician's effort was extremely good, this was his first attempt at this type of class and at level weights against the best sprinters in the country he performed well. He continues to improve and while his handicap will certainly rise he has proven he can now compete on terms with this class of horse at level weights. The winning time of Glad Master was significantly faster than Mutamayyaz last season though slower than Snow Kid. A Group II winner of 1,600m in Germany as a three-year-old, Glad Master has proven himself quite adept at sprinting and will be even better when stepped up to 12,400m though at this stage, fast run 1,200m events are ideal for him.

137: Race Seven. Thoroughbreds. 2,000m. NH 4YOs+ & SH 3YOs+ 70-90. (Turf).

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

1995 b h Alzao - Sudah (Rainbow Quest)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Janus Bloodstock Inc
Trainer: P Brette. Jockey: W Ryan.

2. BERLIOZ (GB) 51 carr 48.5kg
1996 b h Dolphin Street - Biraya (Valiyar)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Charlton Down Stud
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: W Ryan.

3. JAMRR (IRE) 56kg
1996 b h Barathea - Ela Romara (Ela-Mana-Mou)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: N Rob. Jockey: T Durcan.

Then came (in order): Tanusius (GB), Arabian (GB), Grazalema (USA), Dubai Down Under (NZ), Worthily (USA), Trahern (GB). N/R: Timahs (GB). 10 ran. Margins: 1.75len, sht hd. Time: 2:07.21.



Four of Windsor Park Stud's stallions have welcomed in the New Year in spectacular style.

Casual Lies enhanced his reputation as a sire of top-class stayers in Australasia when the visitor Maguire (ex Dragon Pearl) captured the winning purse in the Group One $350,000 Westbury Stud Auckland Cup.

Maguire, who finished third in the Group One Queensland Derby as a three-year-old, was brought over to New Zealand especially for the Auckland Cup by Victoria-based trainer, former Kiwi John Collins.

It was appropriate for Casual Lies that on the same day as Maguire scored his first Group One success, the sire's first Group One winner New Zealand Derby winner So Casual was back in the winners' circle at the Hastings meeting.

It has been a patient job by Tauranga trainer Ross Taylor to bring So Casual back from injury to score such a fine win.

And another of Casual Lies'progeny, Karate, was also successful in winning a race on New Year's Day,winning his 11th race in Australia.

Casual Lies has now produced group winners at distances ranging from 1200m to 3200m.

"Casual Lies has proved a great sire of quality gallopers," said Windsor Park Stud owner Nelson Schick.

"Maguire's win is a timely reminder to buyers that Casual Lies is a great and affordable source of staying blood at the upcoming yearling sales series," Schick said.

Casual Lies' oldest runners are now six-year-olds. He was a Derby winner himself and was placed in both the Kentucky Derby (second) and Preakness Stakes (third).

Other outstanding horses sired by Casual Lies include Derby winner So Casual, AJC Oaks winner Coco Cobanna, Silent Impact, Mabuz, Matter Of Honour and the Macau Guineas winner Nice To Meet You.

Associate sire Volksraad has also made a flying start to the New Year. His progeny won the first two races on the Auckland Cup New Year's Day card. These were Equuleus (ex Eustaci) and Gemini Lady (ex Olivain).

Eustaci has been an outstanding member of the Windsor Park Stud broodmare band with a string of top performers including last season's New Zealand Stayer Of The Year, Smiling Like, and other Group One winners Nimue and Sirstaci.

Another winning double followed for Volksraad at the Wairarapa Racing Club's meeting at Tauherenikau on Wednesday with the final two races going the way of his progeny. These winners were Silver Sister (ex Kensington Grey) and Daneiro (ex Janeiro).

Daneiro is a half-sister to former Auckland Cup winner Ligeiro and to the top-class mare Cruzeiro.

Volksraad has already been represented by six individual black-type winners in the 2001-2002 racing season.

Not to be outdone by his fellow sires at Windsor Park, Kaapstad has also been to the fore on both sides of the Tasman with impressive winners already in 2002.

Roger James-trained Piper Star (ex Te Akau Star) scored a gutsy win under 58kg in a $A50,000 welter race at Flemington in Melbourne while in New Zealand the final race of the Auckland Cup carnival at Ellerslie went the way of the Trevor and Stephen McKee-trained mare, Regency (ex Regal Realm).

Kaapstad has been represented by five individual black-type winners in the 2001-2002 season. These include Piper Star who won the Group Three Matriarch Stakes at Flemington during the spring carnival.

And Windsor Park's veteran sire Star Way also chimed in with the win by Eplanet (ex Go Norn) at Ellerslie on Wednesday.

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