Izadi is again Triple Crown Star for new connections

Abu Dhabi staged their final and the penultimate fixture of the UAE season on Thursday, highlighted by the 2400m Group 3 Arabian Triple Crown R3, won easily by Izadi Star, he and Bernardo Pinheiro adding this big race prize to their 2200m second round victory just over a fortnight ago.’

The third and final round of the series for 4yos, the stamina test clearly played into the hands of the colt prepared by Helal Alalawi in the ownership of The National Stables from which he trains in Al Ain.

Settled almost last among the ten runners, Pinheiro eased his mount into contention on the home turn and, once they committed for home with about 300m remaining, they were never going to be denied.

Alalawi’s colt had arrived in the UAE, after just three starts, as a maiden so has certainly taken his racing career to a new leverl.

Pinheiro said: “He is just a super, lovely horse and I was confident before the race and then again throughout the race. He was good last time but has improved a lot since and is a pleasure to ride as a jockey because he just does what you want.
“He is a really nice horse and one to look forward to next season.”

The meeting kicked off with a 1200m maiden, ultimately won fairly comfortably by Ibn Des Vailettes, patiently ridden by Fernando Jara in the colours of Fatin Ahmad Rashad Manasra for Ahmed Al Mehairbi.

Seemingly outpaced in midfield throughout the first half of the race, the 4yo colt made smooth progress on the home turn before unleashing an impressive turn of foot to lead 300m out, after which he was never going to be denied on just his second start and turf debut.

Jara said: “This horse has done well to win over that trip because he is probably not a speed horse but one for longer distances going forward.
“He was, basically, I think just the best hose in the race as I sais, over a trip that was not ideal.”

A 1600m handicap for horses in private ownership was won stylishly by Ziad Galadari’s Gold Silver, partnered by Sam Hitchcott for trainer Ibrahim Aseel.

Having raced in a share of third for much of the early proceedings, Hitchcott decided it was time to win his race at the top of the straight, the pair quickening to the front soon after with the race soon in safekeeping.

It was a fifth career win for the versatile 6yo entire, third this season and second this calendar year.

Hitchcott said: “This horse loves it around here and did that nicely over a trip probably as far as he wants to go.”

A 2200m handicap was won decisively by AF Ramz, replicating his 2000m maiden success on the dirt at Al Ain almost three weeks ago, partnered both times by Tadhg O’Shea for Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and Ernst Oertel.

Having taken eight attempts to open his account the homebred 5yo entire now appears to be ‘on a roll’ and O’Shea said: “He is a horse we always liked but had a few problems early in his career. He won the last time, just 20 days ago, and that seems to have done his confidence the power of good.
“You would like to think there is more to come from him next season.”

A better 2200m handicap also went to O’Shea, this time combining with Abu Dhabi Racing and Mohamed Daggash with progressive 5yo entire Reem Baynounah .

Initially settled in fifth of just six runners, he was asked to close leaving the back straight and then to challenge soon after entering the home straight. Once in front he was never going to be denied a third consecutive victory, all at Abu Dhabi.

O’Shea said: “To be honest that was pretty much a steering job and the trainer was rightly very confident beforehand.
“I was lucky to get on him because he had a nice low weight and I think he is a really nice horse with a big future.”

The finale and only Thoroughbred race on the card, a 1400m handicap, looked ultra competitive but seemingly proved fairly straightforward for Hawa Bilady, Omani Abdul Aziz Al Balsuhi in the saddle for Rashed Bouresly and the Bouresly Racing Syndicate.