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Friday, December 3, 2004


The Tattersalls December Sale concluded on Thursday evening with 212 lots sold for 1,905,400 guineas, a rise of 8% on last year’s corresponding session, with the average rising 16% to 8,988 guineas and the median 56% to 7,000 guineas.

This took the four-day breeding stock sale total to 744 lots sold for 31,828,800 guineas, at an average of 42,780 guineas and a median of 19,000 guineas.

At the conclusion of the 2004 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented: “It is always a pleasure to end a year on a high note, but even more so when a sale dramatically exceeds expectation, and that has been the case at this year’s December Sale.

“The figures will show that we have not matched last year’s sale, but there are times when the bare figures do not tell the whole story. This has been a very good breeding stock sale from start to finish, following on from a foal sale which also outperformed expectation.

“Last year’s December Sale had two high profile dispersals, was widely regarded as the best December catalogue for decades, and deservedly broke all previous records. This year’s catalogue was far from a vintage one, and we lost a couple of potential stars on the eve of the sale, but the consensus from both vendors and purchasers has been that this has been as strong a December Sale as any in recent years.

“The overseas buyers have had a huge impact on the Sale, and are a tribute to our team of representatives throughout the world. Japanese buyers have been more active than ever, as has an enthusiastic team from Australia and New Zealand. It has also been encouraging to see a group of South African breeders making their presence felt, but it is hard to single out individual countries as this has been truly global trade at all levels.

“While 2004 has been far from plain sailing at times we can also look back on sales which have given genuine cause for encouragement. Our breeze-up sale continues to set new standards, and the Autumn, July and February Sales all produced record figures contributing to an annual turnover second only to last year’s massive total. Concerns over prize money in Britain are very real, and the massive foal crops that await us are a little daunting, but we have seen new faces investing in the thoroughbred industry in the course of the December Sale allowing us to end the year with a flourish.

“Looking ahead to the 2005 yearling sales, it was clear this year that the sheer numbers took their toll, and next year it is important that we manage the numbers in a manner which places less strain on the market.”




Better Mix lands the Al Hamriya

Better Mix, trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, held on to win the feature race at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday evening over 1,600 metres. Ridden by Francisco de Silva, the five-year-old was always up with the pace with the field being taken along in the early stages by Peripheral.

Into the straight Better Mix kept on four wide and got to the lead 200 metres out and set sail for home. Bosra’s Valentine under Gary Hind and the Ted Durcan-partnered Delude both came with a challenge but could not catch Better Mix, who crossed the line half a length ahead of Bosra’s Valentine with Delude a length and a half in third.

Jockey Warren O’Connor enjoyed his first win in the UAE when landing the opening race at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday evening, over 1,300 metres, with the Satish Seemar-trained Rhine Beat.

O’Connor had Rhine Beat well up with the pace and rounding the home turn was disputing the lead with Ted Durcan aboard the Mazin Al Kurdi-trained Slane Hill. Into the straight Rhine Beat, a son of Danehill went five lengths clear of the field and was eased close home to win by just over three lengths from Slane Hill and Aviation Falcon.

After the race O’Connor said, “I rode Rhine Beat the other morning and he gave me a great feeling. All went well in the race and he picked up well in the straight.”

Seemar followed up with a quick double in the second race, the 2, 400 metre Al Manama Handicap with the Ryan Moore-partnered Desert Sands.

Classicist, trained by Doug Watson and ridden by Gaven Birrer, took the field along and as they turned into the straight Desert Sands made his move, after a brief challenge he comfortable took the lead at the 400-metre marker and ran on to an easy three and three quarter lengths win.

Monjez, Stanley Chin in the saddle, battled for the places with Classicist and managed to get up to take second by a neck.

Alma’arry, the mount of Dean Mernagh and trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, made a winning racecourse debut when taking the 1,300 metres Al Twar Maiden.

Misdeed, trained by Rashed Bouresly, set the pace with Alma’arry, a four-year-old son of A P Indy, always well placed. Into the straight Alma’arry came to challenge the leaders and took the lead 300 metres out and ran on to a two and three quarter length win from the Patrick
Dobbs-ridden Alton, with Misdeed in third.

Outpoker and Willie Supple teamed up to win the fourth race on the card, the straight 1,100 metre Al Mamzar Handicap.

Mount Joy, trained by Aditiyan Selvaratnam, took the field along with the Paddy Rudkin-trained Outpoker coming to take up the running from the 300-metre post. Restructured, who beat Outpoker into second at Jebel Ali last Friday, came with a late run but Outpoker held on to win by three quarters of a length.

Flower State, trained by Mazin Al Kurdi and ridden by Ted Durcan claimed the final race of the evening, the Al Qusais over 1,400 metres. Tarfaa Bint Swain looked the winner in the final stages but she hung towards the stands under apprentice Ahmed Ajtebi and allowed Flower State to take advantage and win by a length and a quarter from Holy Pole.


Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
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 (AED) is fixed at US$3.68. All races on dirt.

Race One. Deira. Purebred Arabians 1,300m. NH & SH 3yo+. Maiden
Prizemoney: AED 30,000.
1st: AED 19,500. 2nd: AED 6,000. 3rd: AED 3,000. 4th: AED 1,500

1. RHINE BEAT (FR) 58.5kgs
1999 b g Danehill – River Memories (Riverman)
Owner: MMRM
Breeder: Darley Stud Management
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: W O’Connor
2. SLANE HILL (USA) 58.5kgs
2001 b g Indian Charlie – Token of Esteem (Fappiano)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Hargus Sexton & Sandra Sexton
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
2001 ch g King of Kings – Alisidora (Nashwan)
Owner: Mohammed Yusuf Al Budoor
Breeder: Pacelco SA
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: R Moore
Then came (in order): Miss Wolfe Br (GB), Sept Etoiles (IRE), Shakraa
(FR), Shemasani (IRE), Lord Told (ARG), School Spirit (USA).
10 Ran. NR: Mr Hand (ARG). Margins: 3.25, 5.75, 5.75. Time: 1m 22.33s

Race Two. Al Manama. Thoroughbreds 2,400m. NH & SH 3yo+. 55-80
Prizemoney: AED 42,000.
1st: AED 27,300. 2nd: AED 8,400. 3rd: AED 4,200. 4th: AED 2,100

1998 b g Danewin – Desert Wish (Shirley Heights)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Emirates Park Victoria
Trainer: S Seemar. Jockey: R Moore
2. MONJEZ (IRE) 59kgs
1997 b g Sadler’s Wells – Mamouna (Vaguely Noble)
Owner: M Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: M Al Muhairi. Jockey: S Chin
1999 dk b or br h Unbridled – Classy Cathy (Private Account)
Owner: S M Al Maktoum
Breeder: Dinwiddle Farm
Trainer: D Watson. Jockey: G Birrer
Then came (in order): Murray (GB), Galfar (GB), Fatek (IRE), Chronos
7 ran NR: Maxim (ARG). Margins: 3.75, nk, 13. Time: 2m 36.56s

Race Three. Al Twar. Thoroughbreds 1,300m. NH & SH 3yo+. Maiden
Prizemoney: AED 30,000.
1st: AED 19,500. 2nd: AED 6,000. 3rd: AED 3,000. 4th: AED 1,500

1. ALMA’ARRY (USA) 58.5kgs
2000 dk b or br c A P Indy – My Darling One (Exclusive Native)
Owner: Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Darley Stud Management LLC
Trainer: A Rashid Al Raihe. Jockey: D Mernagh
2. ALTON (USA) 58.5kgs
2000 gr or ro c In The Zone – Charm Bracelet (Chromite)
Owner: Mohammed Al Jamali
Breeder: James E Doss
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: P Dobbs
3. MISDEED (FR) 58.5kgs
1996 b g Danehill – Mistreat (Gay Mecene)
Owner: Bouresly Racing Syndicate
Breeder: Petra Bloodstock Agency
Trainer: R Bouresly. Jockey: G Hind
Then came (in order): Soltaat (GB), Myboyzandme (IRE), Iroquoian (USA),
Saleel (USA), Red Astaire (NZ), Hansard (USA), Estefzazi (ARG), White
Wingo (SAF). All 11 ran. Margins: 2.75, 0.5, 0.5. Time: 1m 20.76s

Race Four. Al Mamzar. Thoroughbreds 1,100m. NH & SH 3yo+. 45-75
Prizemoney: AED 27,000.
1st: AED 17,550. 2nd: AED 5,400. 3rd: AED 2,700. 4th: AED 1,350

1. OUTPOKER (USA) 56.5kgs
1999 b h Outflanker – Lake Virginia (Runaway Groom)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: Betty King
Trainer: P Rudkin. Jockey: W Supple
2000 b c Confide – Tapped Twice (Pleasant Tap)
Owner: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Breeder: John T L Jones Jr
Trainer: M Al Muhairi. Jockey: S Chin
1997 b g Danewin – Wild Thunder (Our Poetic Prince)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Alex Cheung & Sunny Yam Investment Co
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: J Panas
Then came (in order): Dubai Guest (CAN), Storm of Tara (USA), Wilde
(GB), Next Knight (USA), Wathbat Mujtahid (GB), Semigold (USA), Mount
Joy (GB), Indian Dreamer (IRE), Blazing Ability (USA), Henndey (IRE).

All 13 ran. Margins: 0.75, nk, 0.75. Time: 1m 06.36s

Race Five. Al Hamriya. Thoroughbreds 1,600m. NH & SH 3yo+ 55-85
Prizemoney: AED 42,000.
1st: AED 27,300. 2nd: AED 8,400. 3rd: AED 4,200. 4th: AED 2,100

1. BETTER MIX (USA) 51kgs
1999 b g Gold Fever – Barbara’s Nemesis (Sovereign Dancer)
Owner: Steeds Syndicate
Breeder: Dr J Fred Miller III
Trainer: M Al Muhairi. Jockey: F da Silva
2000 b c Sadler’s Wells – Bosra Sham (Woodman)
Owner: Bouresly Racing Syndicate
Breeder: Addison Racing Ltd
Trainer: R Bouresly. Jockey: G Hind
3. DELUDE (IRE) 58kgs
1998 ch g Be My Guest – Deceive (Machiavellian)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
Then came (in order): Marbush (IRE) , Janadel (IRE), Mbosi (USA), My
Pleasure (GB), Peripheral (USA), Meshty (IRE), Ocean of Storms (IRE),
River Celebre (IRE), Desert Glow (IRE), Harb (IRE), Meadaaf (IRE), After
The Ball (SAF), Mubaah (GB) All 16 ran. Margins: 0.5, 1.5, 0.75. Time: 1m

Race Six. Al Qusais. Thoroughbreds 1,400m. NH & SH 3yo+. 30-60
Prizemoney: AED 26,000.
1st: AED 16,900. 2nd: AED 5,200. 3rd: AED 2,600. 4th: AED 1,300

1. FLOWER STATE (GB) 60kgs
1996 b g Sabrehill – Flower Arrangement (Lomond)
Owner: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Breeder: Mrs R D Peacock
Trainer: M Al Kurdi. Jockey: T Durcan
2. HOLY POLE (USA) 54kgs
1996 dk b or br g Polish Numbers – Heavenly Magic (Clever Trick)
Owner: David Merriott & Dantalian Enterprises Inc
Breeder: Smith Farm & Stable & Kokomo Stable
Trainer: C Wroe. Jockey: T Naughton (3kgs)
2000 b f Swain – Escape to Victory (Salse)
Owner: Jean-Michel Lee Shim
Breeder: Lyons Demesne
Trainer: A Selvaratnam. Jockey: A Ajtebi (4.5kgs)
Then came (in order): Wahajj (USA), Mythical Jinks (USA), Pfennig (GB),
Dolbear (USA), Classic Spirit (USA), Ides (GER), Nile’s Trick (USA),
Ganeen (IRE), Second Nature (USA), Ocean Song (USA), Appermont (GB),
Dreadlock (ARG), Myplaceoryours (USA). 16 ran. NRs: Aazim (USA), Attlee
(USA) Margins: 1.25, 1.75, 0.5. Time: 1m 27.84s




SATURDAY, 4TH December 2004

Meshty Can Claim the BBC World Feature on Saturday

Meshty, trained by Mazin Al Kurdi, can improve on his most recent outing to win the Al Karama Handicap, sponsored by BBC World, over 1,400 metres at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Saturday evening.

The Lahib gelding, who will have Ryan Moore in the saddle, was a length and three quarters runner-up to Curule at Jebel Ali last week, over a stiff 1,400 metres up the hill.

Meshty’s stable mate Kulachi, the mount of Ted Durcan, has definite place claims and is suited by the trip, the son of Royal Applause was fourth over 1,600 metres on his last Nad Al Sheba outing. Another who could be there at the finish is the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Shafeeq, with Willie Supple up, who was fourth on his last run of the 2003-2004 season and has a chance if back to his best.

Al Kurdi’s Ryan Giggs should take the evening’s opener, the Al Barsha Handicap, sponsored by BBC World, over 1,200 metres for Purebred Arabians. The son of Tidjani was an easy eight length winner last Friday at Jebel Ali and although he is stepping up in class he should still take all the beating.

Sousoff, trained by Dr Jaber Bittar and the mount of Seamus O’Gorman, has the form to claim a place along with Al Kurdi’s Roy Keane who will be ridden by stable jockey Richard Mullen.

Attlee can continue an Al Kurdi winning streak in the second race, the Al Safa, sponsored by BBC World, over 1,200 metres for Thoroughbreds. The five-year-old, with Daragh O’Donohoe in the saddle, was runner-up when slightly hampered at the end of last season over 1,400 metres.

The five-year-old will not have it all his own way and could face a challenge from the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Albania, who will be ridden by Supple. Albania ran second her over 1,400 metres in an amateur race last season, and should go close if running up to his best.

Mr Sena, trained by Satish Seemar, was a course winner in April over 1,400 metres and could take all the beating in the third race, the Al Quoz Handicap, sponsored by BBC World, over 1,400 metres. The Argentinean bred gelding was ninth on his latest outing at Nad Al Sheba but is stepping down slightly in class which should suit him.

Dangers will be Paddy Rudkin’s Majaarat, the mount of Patrick Dobbs, and Al Kurdi’s My Pleasure, who will be ridden by apprentice jockey Derek Stamp claiming four and a half kilogrammes.

The 2,000 metres Al Dhiyafa Handicap, sponsored by BBC World, should be another win for Durcan who is aboard Afghan, a course and distance runner-up a week ago. The slight drop in class should suit the Al Kurdi-trained six-year-old.

Erwan Chapy’s Kriskova, Tadhg O’Shea up, could make things difficult for Afghan, the five-year-old was disappointing last time out but has past form to suggest he can go close. Doug Watson’s Dubai Vision is another that looks to have place claims in this race.

The final race of the evening, the 2,400 metre Al Mankhool Handicap, sponsored by BBC World, could go to the Al Muhairi-trained Rich Pickins with stable jockey Stanley Chin aboard. Rich Pickins was third here last week over 1,800 metres when staying on well and should cope with the extra distance on Saturday.

The Michael Fenton-partnered Dubai Sun, from Rudkin’s Blue Stables, could also be in with a chance after a promising run behind Dramatic edge at Nad Al Sheba in January.

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