Dubai: an iconic venue, competitive fields and adrenaline-fueled racing, combined to provide an evening of top-notch entertainment, while Gulf News, the United Arab Emirates’ leading English-language newspaper and digital portal, returned to the map of seven events at Meydan Racecourse.
You could not have asked for a better start to the proceedings as the opening race and day function, the Group 2 Bani Yas of Gulf News, delivered a shock result and introduced a potential purebred Arabian superstar in the form of the 33 / 1 long shot Jayide Al Boraq.
With up-and-coming Brazilian jockey Bernardo Pinheiro riding the perfect race, the six-year-old Burning Sand boy has lowered the colors of the big international favorite and Group 1 scorer Rb Money To Burn with a comfortable length-and-three quarter.
For the most part, the 1,400m start, which was the first group race of the season at Meydan, was a two-horse race with the rest of the field to fight the lower position.
Rb Money To Burn, winner of the first match of the Al Maktoum Challenge last season, dominated the early run and was shaping up to be a winner when he opened a big lead at the top right.
But he soon began to tire despite the urgency of jockey Fabrice Veron as the challenge of gray Jayide Al Boraq grew. In a matter of steps, Pinheiro’s mare found another set of gears to restrain the leader and rush past for a compelling victory.
“It’s a dream to ride a group winner for the people who have supported me for the past four years,” the youngster paid tribute to coach Khalifa Al Neyadi and Al Rahmani Racing, owner.
‘He’s an amazing horse, he only lost twice and it was on the lawn. He proved that he was a top class that beat all the best horses. ‘
The remaining six races were all limited to continuous races, with the biggest event, namely the gulfnews.com event, a mile that ended in an exciting photo finish, where Antonio’s Fresu’s Casey Jones prevailed over Thegreatcollection , the mountain of Pat Cosgrave.
“It was very tough in the end, but it was a nice fight,” said the Italian rider. ‘Running him in the mile was a good idea and the horse had a good run lately. We were lucky to win it because the other horse also traveled well and did not leave. ”
The winner chases from the Meydan-based stables of Emirati Musabeh al Muheiri, who completed a treble after beating the girl getthat.com with buy-to-sell in Dubai, Antonio Vivaldi, and the slotas of the night, The Watch Time handicap, with Welsh Lord. Fresu was all three the man in the hall.
By their own standards, runners from the Zabeel stables have so far flown a bit under the radar, but the experienced fighter Lavaspin turned the years back to putting one in the scorecards for coach Satish Seemar when he won the AGNC3 pretend under the champion jockey Tadhg O won. ‘Shea.
Source: Gulf News