(Photo : Dubai Racing Club)
Last night’s running of the Dubal sponsored $200,000 Al Rashidiya (Gr3) over 1777m, the first grass feature of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, was once again dominated by South Africa who have now won four of the last six renewals.
Mike de Kock, Champion trainer of South Africa, won the Al Rashidiya for his third time when stable jockey, Kevin Shea, drove Silver Mist to victory, ironically as the mist descended upon Nad Al Sheba racecourse. This was Kevin Shea’s first victory in the Al Rashidiya.
With three runners in the feature race; Hunting Tower, Royal Vintage and Silver Mist, the Mike de Kock stable always held a strong hand. Kevin Shea took Silver Mist to the front with about 200m to run, leaving Third Set and Kirklees to chase him home.
“They did not go very quick but we were always travelling well and he (Silver Mist) has picked up nicely and really stuck his head out,” said Kevin Shea.
Mike de Kock has no lofty aspirations with regards to the six-year-old son of Western Winter: “That was very pleasing and he has done it nicely. It is his second run in three weeks and we may give him a break. We have plenty more horses left to run and hopefully a lot more winners left to saddle.”
This victory by Strategic News was Herman Brown’s first for the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival. “We thought he (Strategic News) would go close and Ryan has timed that perfectly,” said Herman Brown.