12 January 2024

ERA Abu Dhabi Review

The switch to turf proved the catalyst for Ibrahim Al Hadhrami’s 

Heros De Lagardere to record an impressive victory in the AED300,000 Group 3 feature event under championship leading rider Connor Beasley. 

Prior to winning the 1200m Al Ruwais, the seven-year-old had two runs under his belt this campaign, unsuccessful on both starts which came on the dirt. 

“Today I felt he travelled a lot better on the turf and quickened away nicely. He got the splits when I needed and hit the line very strong,” said Beasley.

The winner settled off the pace as RB Money Maker scorched the Abu Dhabi turf in front. As the pace collapsed turning for home, Beasley’s mount still had half the field to pass, but he quickened away stylishly to establish a three-and-a-quarter lengths victory from the Sulaiman Al Ghunaimi pair of Nadia Du Loup (Abdul Aziz Al Balushi) and Inqath (Al Moatasem Al Balushi). 

 

ALCHAHINE PROVES A MACHINE AGAIN

Sensational four-year-old HM Alchahine routed his opposition once again with a decisive and effortless victory in the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship making it an unbeaten three in a row for the son of Al Mourtajez. ‘

Alchahine’ translates to ‘The Royal Falcon’ in English and the Helal Alalawi trainee is leaving no stone unturned in living up to the name of his lofty title. 

Understandably, Italian jockey Cristian Demuro is eager to continue his partnership with the National Stables’ exceptional colt following his mount’s five length success. 

“He can be a champion! With such horses you can do whatever you want,” said Demuro commenting on his mid-race move that saw HM Alchahine go from midfield to lead the field inside the home stretch. 

Omani-trained RB Yas Man (Amur Al Rasbi/Ahmed Al Balushi) stayed on best to capture second place with another near five lengths in third to Kannaile De Faust (Sandro Paiva/Adil Mouchahi).

 

HAMEEM TURNS BACK THE CLOCK

Once an unbeaten horse with seven consecutive wins, Hameem turned back the clock to upset leading fancies Mujeeb and RB Kingmaker in winning the newly upgraded Listed HH The President Cup Prep. 

Ridden by Patrick Cosgrave, the seven-year-old grey was held up in rear early on and, as Mujeeb and Richard Mullen committed for home 400m out, Hameem tracked RB Kingmaker into the straight still with more than six lengths to make up. 

Mujeeb felt the pinch of his 4kg penalty close home as RB Kingmaker and Cristian Demuro swooped on the outside to take the lead only to be headed by Hameem in the dying stages of the race in a thrilling finish to the 2200m event.

“He has always been a very good horse; in his younger days he was almost unbeatable,” said Cosgrave who was recording his only second winner of the season. 

“I thought he did well to win from where I was. I just followed the second horse [RB Kingmaker] through.”

 

TALE PROVIDES PERFECT BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO SEEMAR

There could not have been a better birthday present for Zabeel Stables’ maestro Bhupat Seemar as his Arabian Tale showed all grit and determination in landing the finale, a 1600m maiden for the thoroughbreds. 

It was arduous work for winning rider Tadgh O’Shea who had his mount under a drive from halfway as Energetic fleeted along in front, but the five-year-old gelding always had the leader and rest of the rivals in check with a strong display of stamina.

“He has a great temperament. The fast pace suited him. He will definitely get ten furlongs,” said O’Shea after Arabian Tale outbattled Mount Tambora (Cristian Demuro/Musabbeh Al Mheiri) to his right and Chef De Partie (Richard Mullen/Mohammad Mardood) on his left wing to score by a diminishing short head from the former with the latter a further length adrift in third.

 

PINHEIRO AT THE DOUBLE

Earlier on in the card, Brazilian jockey Bernardo Pinheiro recorded a double with the initial leg coming in the first race of the programme, a 1000m maiden for the Purebred Arabians. 

Partnering trainer Qaiss Aboud’s TS Arizona, it was a straightforward victory from the front for the four-year-old filly who saw no other rival once in command shortly after the start. 

Pinheiro secured his second victory of the evening with another dominating performance aboard the Majed Al Jahoori-trained Tariq. The four-year-old was only fourth on his career bow at Al Ain last month but built on that racecourse experience to good effect in landing the first division of the 1600m maiden. 

Horses with decent course form were left in his wake in behind with the Mohamed Daggash filly Diyaah (Sandro Paiva) finishing best of them in second, over five lengths from the winner. Kokin De Faust (Al Moatesem Al Balushi/Sulaiman Al Ghunaimi) who was fourth on his first start went one better to grab third.  

The second division of the 1600m maiden went the way of jockey Ben Coen and trainer Ahmed Al Mehairbi with their Al Dinari finding plenty late on to score by two lengths from Singasong Al Maury (Beasley/Al Hadhrami) and Njoud (Jules Mobian/Eric Lemartinel). The winner was under heavy persuasion from a long way out but found plenty off the bridle.