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Royal Class lives up to its name

The Gillian Duffield-trained Royal Class ran a superb race under Richard Hills to win the night's feature event - the Listed Arabian Triple Crown Round One (Hydra Executive) - at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course here on Sunday.

  • By M. Satya Narayan, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 23:41 January 11, 2009
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ravindranath/Gulf News
  • Royal Class ridden by Richard Hills finishes first in the first round of the Arabian Triple Crown Round 1.

Abu Dhabi: The Gillian Duffield-trained Royal Class ran a superb race under Richard Hills to win the night's feature event - the Listed Arabian Triple Crown Round One (Hydra Executive) - at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club race course here on Sunday.

While Royal Class ended Elmalak ElWaheed's two-race winning run, jockey Wayne Smith won the only race for thoroughbreds and trainer Saifaldin Deeb scored double wins.

Elmalak ElWaheed, the four-year Djel Bon filly from Rod Simpson's yard, had won her first two starts in impressive fashion under Sophie Doyle.

The horse was the public choice for the feature event.

But Hills on Royal Class came up with a fine run once he found the gap and the Duffield runner won with much to spare.

Doyle and Simpson however made up with a good win later in the night when Time Out proved too good in an 11-furlong handicap.

The win takes Simpson to 14 and just one point separates him from Doug Watson who is a point behind leader Ali Rashid Al Raihe.

In the only race for Thoroughbreds in a seven-race card, trainer Musabah Al Muhairy completed a one-two with Wayne Smith on Hawks Home cruising home by a nine-length margin from stablemate Western Adventure under Ted Durcan.

Hawks Home had finished eighth to Grantley Adams in the President's Cup over seven furlongs here.

But the seven-year-old son of Night Shift displayed his liking for the longer distance as he demolished the field in the 12-furlong race and enhanced his chances of running in the Carnival.

Smith had earlier won the night's third race on Saifaldin Deeb's Rachidia in a 00-50 handicap for fillies and mares.

The double now catapults Smith to second in the standing with 12 wins, just one winner behind Fernando Jara.

Royston Ffrench and Daragh O'Donohoe are level on 11 wins and jockey's championship is well poised as they enter the Carnival on Thursday.

Syrian jockey Safwan Al Reffal tasted his first-ever success when BH One scored for trainer Samir Hawa in the second race.

Hilal Al Eid completed a double for trainer Saifaldin Deeb under David Badel.

Dhruba Selvaratnam and Willie Supple combined to score in opening race of the night on Quantum Du Croate.

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