Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 1st 2015 Contents if defeat is out of the question and there
will be plenty of others fancied but Tropics
"has never been better!" according to Dean,
son of legendary veteran, Ken; he ll be
Napped is Bernie s Boy despite a wide
draw in the 2-y-o Maiden Stakes over seven
furlongs; several other fancied runners are
also high; Ian Balding s charge was caught
close home in a strong juvenile at Ascot
three weeks ago and is expected to go one
Elkaayed is also ready to win again with
a third career success very much on the
cards at good Doncaster in the aged hand-
icap over ten furlongs.
Formerly a pacemaker for Hamdan Al
Maktoum s Mukhadram this five-year-old
Distorted Humor gelding became stale as
a result of his tasks; earlier this year Elkaayad
has been transferred from Roger Varian to
the private training facility of legendary vet-
eran trainer Barry Hills.
Barry trains thirty-eight thoroughbreds
solely for Hamdan but re-training Elkaayed
has been a slow, patient process; a fortnight
ago we all saw the light in a similar race
Elkaayed set a strong pace but found well-
handicapped, heavily-backed Jakey too
strong, beaten confortably by two and a
half lengths; others were four lengths and
upwards in arrears which suggests strong
Realistically Elkaayed could have ten
pounds in hand, relating to his best mark,
and is worth chancing to win for the first
time since June 2013 with David Probert
booked; he enjoys riding from the front!
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Tropics carries top-weight, 9st 13lbs, in the
£250000 Stewards Cup Handicap over six furlongs
on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood
this afternoon, will this welter burden preclude vic-
tory for Dean Ivory s charge, arguably the best
sprinter in the United Kingdom?
Three weeks ago Tropics was beaten in the last
stride at Newmarket by rising star Muhaarah in the
group one July Cup and last season was also run-
ner-up in that race to the mighty Slade Power; class
That s my reasoning about the obvious chance of
Tropics; nowadays the band of weights is much
tighter, for instance bottom-weight is 8st 10lbs, gone
are the days when a light-weight would sneak in
with nigh on three stones less.
Weight and power could indeed provide the physical
momentum when Adam Kirby produces this seven-
year-old Speightstown gelding for a late surge, on
the downhill run, in a typically dynamic finish to the
28-runner cavalry charge on a beautiful, carpet-
Progressive Magical Memory has been backed as
Qatar challenger Dubday claimed victory under
Frankie Dettori in the Betfred Glorious Stakes at
Jassim Al Ghazali s charge is the star performer in
his homeland, notably landing a repeat success in
the Emir s Trophy at Doha earlier in the year, and
he arrived on the Sussex Downs having filled the
runner-up spot in Listed events at Newbury and
Dettori rode a patient race aboard the 11/2 chance
for much of the mile-and-a-half contest before
switching wide to mount his challenge halfway up
the home straight.
That move proved crucial as hot favourite The
Corsican looked to be cantering on the far side of
the track, only to find the gap closing in front of him
and he ended up caught in a pocket.
Once in the clear, The Corsican began to motor
home, but Dubday was already away and gone and
passed the post three-quarters of a length ahead of
the unfortunate runner-up.
Dettori said: "It s the first winner for Qatar (trainers)
in the UK.
"I take my hat off to Jassim, he s done a fantastic
job with him.
"In fairness, he picked up really well---he just idled
a bit in front.
"It s a big achievement to take this horse from
Qatar to here and win."
Al Ghazali, who plans to send up to 30 horses to
be campaigned in Britain next season and is the dom-
inant force with thoroughbreds in Qatar, said: "I m
very happy---it s a big, big win for me."
Harry Herbert, racing manager for Dubday s owners,
Al Shaqab Racing, said: "We needed to see where
he fitted in with the Europeans.
"All credit to Jassim and his team, I m thrilled the
horse has proved himself.
"There were Group One horses in there and he
handled the track, which I was a bit worried about
as a fast, downhill finish is completely different to
"They love him out there because he comes with
a late flourish and Frankie loves him, too.
"I m quite embarrassed that we never thought
beyond this, so we ll have to sit on the fence."
Al Ghazali added: "This is a special moment, to
have my country s name winning here.
"It s not easy to win races in this country, so I m
very happy with the horse. He s the champion horse
in Qatar and we desperately wanted to bring him to
the UK, but we knew it wouldn t be easy."
Tropics too hot?
4.20 Bernie's Boy (nap-e.w)
3.30 Elkaayed (e.w)
Dubday to landmark
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