As expected, the Mike De Kock Dubai bandwagon took little time to get back on the road and his first runner of the UAE season, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa’s Ablaan, won the seven-furlong juvenile maiden cosily under Paul Devlin. A son of Sunday Break, he had three promising runs in the UK and was able to allay yard concerns about the trip being too short by making almost every yard of the running.
It was a pleasing performance from the colt who was ridden out hands and heels in the final furlong and was always holding the sustained challenge of Jasmines Hero, despite the winning distance of only a neck.
De Kock said: “The UAE Derby could be on the agenda and we now know he goes on the dirt. He will be a far better horse at four I would think. He is related to Candy Critic who was a dour stayer for us and I think this fellow will be a similar type. It is nice to return with a winner anyway and I am really looking forward to the Carnival.”
Kayak, who contested the concluding 10-furlong conditions race, was only eighth of 12 runners but was only beaten five lengths. Ridden along in the early stages to race in mid-division, he was soon shuffled back through the field, before running on late under Ted Durcan to be closing again at the line. It was a reasonable first effort on the UAE dirt and he looks sure to benefit from a step up in trip and with this Nad Al Sheba experience under his belt.
Extract from Mike de Kock Racing 14.12.07
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