Monday, November 16, 2009
Mizzna is back - in style
All eyes were on Mizzna at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening and the mare, winner of the Dubai Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night in 2008 and National Day Cup in 2007, will bid for a second victory in the latter 1600m contest in three weeks time after a comfortable return in the prep race for that contest over the same course and distance.
Off the track since winning the same race 12 months ago, from subsequent National Day Cup and Dubai Kahayla Classic winner Fryvolous, she clearly delighted her trainer Eric Lemartinel after quickening clear under Gerald Avranche who found a dream run between rivals 300m out.
Jockey and trainer were completing a double having won the preceding 1400m handicap with Rafed.
The concluding 1600m handicap, the only race on the card for Thoroughbreds was won by Fathayer, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe and completing a double for jockey Royston Ffrench. Never far off the pace, Ffrench took his mount to the front 200m out and they never looked likely to be caught. Ffrench said: “He has done that well in what looked a decent contest.”
Fryvolous' trainer Rod Simpson rarely leaves Abu Dhabi empty handed and combined with Daragh O'Donohoe to win the 1600m maiden with Shoof Elajab who led close home. Simpson said: "We were hopeful of a big run and he could be one for the future."
The trainer was straight back in the winner's enclosure after the following 2200m handicap and the facile victory of Elmalak Elwaheed. A four-year-old filly, with useful form in the UK since a successful local campaign last season, she was also travelling like a winner under Richard Mullen and Simpson said: "We hoped she would run a big race and we will have to now look at HH The President's Cup for her as she stays so well."
Racing opened with a 1400m conditions race, restricted to three-year-olds and Saifaldin Deeb continued his good start to the season by saddling Gabas Noor to defeat stable companion Ameer Al Sraya. Royston Ffrench rode the winner who led turning for home, was headed but fought back gamely.
Ffrench explained: "They went past him but, in fairness, when they did he chased them hard and ran on well in the closing stages."
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