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Thursday, December 18, 2003



BARRY DENNIS FREE CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS AT LINGFIELD PARK




For the fourth year running, bookmaker and Channel 4 Racing personality Barry Dennis is generously giving away Christmas Puddings at Lingfield Park on Saturday, December 20, 2003.
Barry said: "These are quality Christmas Puddings made by the same people who produce them for Fortnum and Mason's. There will be one for every racegoer who comes to Lingfield Park's Christmas meeting on Saturday."



NAD AL SHEBA FOUR TIMER FOR AL KURDI




Conflict, took the feature race, the Al Nu'aimiyah Thoroughbred Handicap over 1,600 metres, at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Thursday and in doing so gave trainer Mazin Al Kurdi a four timer and jockey Ted Durcan a treble.


Conflict made all and was briefly challenged by the Allan Smith-trained Seihali, but kept on well to win by three quarters of a length.


Al Kurdi and Durcan's first win of the evening came with Van Nistelrooy in the opener, the Mazrat Al Ruwayyah Prep for Purebred Arabians over 1,400 metres.

Into the straight Iska Al Mels, under Willie Supple, disputed the lead with the Gary Hind-partnered Velte. Paul Hanagan on Bengalant took up the running from just under 400 metres out, but Van Nistelrooy ran on to challenge and take the lead 50 metres out crossing the line a length and a quarter clear of the rest.


Al Kurdi's second win of the evening came with Nazeeh, the mount of Hind, in the Al Khan straight 1,200 metres for maiden Thoroughbreds.

The son of Derby winner Benny The Dip, was soon in the lead, and looked to be in control but was challenged by the Smith-trained debutant Najmati, the filly could not sustain the challenge and Nazeeh crossed the line three quarters of a length ahead of the Kieren Fallon-partnered Najmati.


Al Kurdi's third victory came in the Al Hamraniyah Thoroughbred conditions over 1,600 metres, with the impressive two-year-old Prince Of Denmark, under Durcan.

Prince of Denmark, a son of Danetime, was recording back to back wins at Nad Al Sheba, and on Thursday he broke well and made all to win by three and a half lengths from his stable mate Storm of Tara and Cupola.

Another recording back to back wins was Tropical Star who took the fourth race, the Murbih Thoroughbred Handicap over 1,500 metres.

Under Richard Mullen, Tropical Star was seventh coming into the straight with the runners being taken along by Paddy Rudkin's Sole, Tropical Star, who was giving trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe his first win since moving to his new stables in Dubai, made smooth progress to lead at the 400 marker and was pushed out to win by just over five lengths.


Doug Watson landed the final race of the evening, with Dubai Vision, ridden by Supple, making progress into the straight to lead at the 400 metre pole. The son of Machiavellian was pushed out to win by a length and a half from Asood and long term leader Navideno.


NAD AL SHEBA
Thursday, December 18th, 2003
Weather: Fine. Dirt. Track: Fast.


Key: The figures beside the race conditions (ie 00-80) are for horses rated in that division and these figures are in pounds. The UAE Dirham (Dhs) is fixed at US$3.68. All races on dirt.


Race One. Al Sadiyat Mazrat Al Ruwayyah Prep. Purebred Arabians 1,500m.

4YOs & Up Conditions
Prizemoney: Dhs70,000. 1st: Dhs45,500. 2nd: Dhs14,000. 3rd: Dhs7,000. 4th: Dhs3,500

1. VAN NISTELROOY (US) 58.5kgs
1999 ch c Ala Croixnoire – Silky (Nikkin)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Dianne K Waldron
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
2. BENGALANT (GB) 56.5kgs
1998 ch h Bengali d'Albret – Vert Glante (Dunixi)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mr & Mrs J D Kippen
Trainer: Gillian Duffield. Jockey: P Hanagan
3. VELTE (US) 57.5kgs
1998 gh h Virgule Al Maury – Elite Star (Tikis Flamingstar)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Godolphin Racing Inc
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: G Hind
Then came (in order): Khoutoubia (FR), Iska Al Mels (FR), Mushaagib (US), Ocenara (GB), Al Reef (FR), Brave Heart (FR), Vising (US), Bareh (FR), Special Offer (US), Celebrity (FR), WFA Bareq (GB). 14 ran. Margins: 1 ¼, 2 ¾, 1 ¾ Time: 1m 41.78s

Race Two. Al Khan. Thoroughbreds 1,200m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up Maiden Prizemoney: Dhs30,000. 1st: Dhs19,500. 2nd: Dhs6,000. 3rd: Dhs3,000. 4th: Dhs1,500

1. NAZEEH (USA) 56kgs
1999 dk b or br c Benny The Dip – Falconese (Imperial Falcon)
Owner: Mohammed Rashid bin Ghadayer
Breeder: Lucy G Bassett
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: G Hind
2. NAJMATI (GB) 54kgs
2000 b f Green Desert – Society Lady (Mr Prospector)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: K Fallon
3. MR POP IDOL (GB) 56kgs
2000 b g Mistertopogigio – Diamond Time (Clantime)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mrs E A Bevan
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: T Durcan
Then came (in order): Mister Dickens (USA), Attentive (IRE), Aazim (USA), Keep (USA), Indicant (JPN), Al Sakkab (USA), Attlee (USA), Latimer (BRZ), Starsailor (GER), Shapinsay (USA), Qamar Zabeel (GB), Calmant (USA). 15 ran. N/Rs: Lord Told (ARG), Old Dorset (USA), Al Muntasir (AUS). Margins: ¾, 3 ¾, 1 ¼. Time: 1m 12.55s.


Race Three. Al Hamraniyah. Thoroughbreds 1,600m. NH 2YO & SH 3YO Conditions
Prizemoney: Dhs50,000. 1st: Dhs32,500. 2nd: Dhs10,000. 3rd: Dhs5,000. 4th: Dhs2,500

1. PRINCE OF DENMARK (IRE) 54.5kgs
2001 b c Danetime – Villa Nova (Petardia)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Tally-Ho Stud
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
2. STORM OF TARA (USA) 54.5kgs
2001 b c Scatmandu – Aire Mystique (Sportin' Life)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Hermitage Farm LLC
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: G Hind
3. CUPOLA (GB) 54kgs
2001 b c Fasliyev – Spring Mood (Nashwan)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Thoroughbred Corporation
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: B Doyle
Then came (in order): Slane Hill (USA), Kilcullen Bridge (USA), Galfar (GB). 6 ran. Margins: 3 ½, 4 ¾, 4 ¾. Time: 1m 40.45s


Race Four. Murbih. Thoroughbreds 1,500m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up 50-80 Prizemoney: Dhs42,000. 1st: Dhs27,300. 2nd: Dhs8,400. 3rd: Dhs4,200. 4th: Dhs2,100
1. TROPICAL STAR (IRE) 56.5kgs
2000 b g Machiavellian – Tropical (Green Desert)
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum
Breeder: Gainsborough Stud management Ltd
Trainer: A Rashid Al Raihe. Jockey: R Mullen
2. BETTER MIX (USA) 55kgs
1999 b g Gold Fever – Barbara's Nemesis (Sovereign Dancer)
Owner: Steeds Syndicate
Breeder: Dr J Fred Miller III
Trainer: M Al Muhairi. Jockey: M Hussey
3. BENKRAM (GB) 57kgs
1999 ch c Zafonic – Pastorale (Nureyev)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: P Smith
Then came (in order): Holy Pole (USA), My Pleasure (GB), Prado's Wish (USA), Sheringham (USA), Medraar (GB), Wilde (GB), Binsina (GB), Sleeping Weapon (USA), Next Knight (USA), Sole (BRZ), Delude (IRE), Siege (IRE), E B's Sweep (USA).16 ran N/Rs: Ocean Star (GB), Crafty Trust (USA). Margins: 5 ¼, 2 ¾, ½. Time: 1m 31.55s

Race Five. Nu'Aimiyah. Thoroughbreds 1,600m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up 90+ Prizemoney: Dhs80,000. 1st: Dhs52,000. 2nd: Dhs16,000. 3rd: Dhs8,000. 4th: Dhs4,000

1. CONFLICT (FR) 60kgs
1996 b h Warning – La Dama Bonita (El Gran Senor)
Owner: Sheikh Marwan Al Maktoum
Breeder: Stratford Palace Stud
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
2. SEIHALI (IRE) 55.5kgs
b c Alzao – Edwina (Caerleon)
Owner: Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Rathbarry Stud
Trainer: A Smith. Jockey: K Fallon
3. AL MAALI (IRE) 58.5kgs
1999 b c Polar Falcon – Amwag (El Gran Senor)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Co Ltd
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: W Supple
Then came (in order): Pacino (GB) 4 ran. Margins: ¾, 5 ½, shd. Time: 1m 40.97s

Race Six. Al Raa'fah. Thoroughbreds 2,000m. NH & SH 3YOs & Up 55-80 Prizemoney: Dhs42,000. 1st: Dhs27,300. 2nd: Dhs8,400. 3rd: Dhs4,200. 4th: Dhs2,100
1. DUBAI VISION (FR) 56kgs
1998 b h Machiavellian – Colorado Dancer (Shareef Dancer)
Owner: Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: W Supple
2. ASOOD (GB) 56.5kgs
1996 b g Machiavellian – Six Nations (Danzig)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
3. NAVIDENO (ARG) 51kgs
1999 b c Louis Quatorze – Nazarena (Logical)
Owner: Ziad Galadari
Breeder: La Quebrada
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: C Arnold
Then came (in order): Senlis (JPN), Avionic (IRE), Kriskova (USA), Classicist (USA), Sphinxy (USA), Dawaarr (IRE), Ocean Of Storms (IRE) – Refused To Race. 10 ran. Margins: 1 ½, 5 ¾, 1 ¾. Time: 2m 06.20s


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