south africa al fahidi fort
south africa al fahidi fort

$250,000 AL FAHIDI FORT (GROUP 2)

MEYDAN 19 FEBRUARY 2010

South Africa has a great record in tonight’s feature on the sixth card of the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival at Meydan, the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai over 1600m, with both Mike De Kock and Herman Brown seeking to win the race they have dominated between them – sharing five victories since 2003.

Brown scored twice with Linngari and this year Ryan Moore has elected to ride Bankable over Bronze Cannon (non runner). Moore said: “He is a very nice horse and seems in good form. It is a strong renewal of this race but I expect him to run well.”

Mike de Kock, seeking a fourth victory, saddles Imbongi who was fifth last year but ran well in the UK over the summer and made a very pleasing return over 1400m on Tapeta. Christophe Soumillon rides Imbongi and De Kock said : “Godolphin look to have a very strong hand and run Group 1 horses in the race. We were delighted with Imbong’s first run back and he is in good form at home. Godolphin will be hard to beat but he should run a good race.”

Godolphin are well also represented and Frankie Dettori takes the ride on Justenuffhumor who was last seen running a close third at the Breeders’ Cup for Kiaran McLaughlin.

Ahmed Ajtebi partners 2007 Group One Racing Post Trophy winner Ibn Khaldun with Ted Durcan on Fravashi to complete a strong trio for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor who said: “Ibn Khaldun will probably need the run more than the other pair, while those two are having their first start for us. Fravashi has useful form in Australia and Justenuffhumor’s American run is very good form.

“All three have been going well at home and we have to be hopeful of at least going close.”

Catch the Al Fahidi Fort on Tellytrack DSTV 232 at 8pm (SA time) tonight.

Although the Al Fahidi Fort is the feature, the preceding 1600m conditions race on Tapeta, the CBD Worldmaster Card, will attract a similar level of interest with Mike de Kock choosing this race as the one in which he will unleash Group One winner Eagle Mountain.

He only ran twice last year but is reported in good order by the handler: “I think he is as fit as we can get him and this race looks ideal to test him on the surface. If we want to run him in the Dubai World Cup he needs to show us he can race on Tapeta.”

It is a warm little race with Consul General, third in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round One, Brian Meehan’s Cat Junior and Godolphin’s West Side Bernie among a host of dangers.

Catch the CBD Worldmaster on Tellytrack DSTV 232 at 7:25pm (SA time) tonight.

AL FAHIDI FORT FIELD

TURF 1600m

#

Horse

Kg

OR

Jockey

Trainer

1

JUSTENUFFHUMOR (USA)

57.5

120

Frankie Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor

2

BRONZE CANNON (USA)

57.5

119

Keagan Latham

Herman Brown

3

BANKABLE (IRE)

56.0

115

Ryan Moore

Herman Brown

4

IBN KHALDUN (USA)

56.0

113

Ahmed Ajtebi

Saeed bin Suroor

5

IBN BATTUTA (USA)

56.0

105

Wayne Smith

Musabah Al Muhairi

6

DEBUSSY (IRE)

57.5

113

William Buick

John Gosden

7

PREMIO LOCO (USA)

57.5

116

George Baker

Chris Wall

8

FRAVASHI (AUS)

57.5

112

Ted Durcan

Saeed bin Suroor

9

DUNELIGHT (IRE)

56.0

109

Kieren Fallon

Clive Cox

10

TAM LIN (GB)

56.0

110

William Supple

Mubarak bin Shafya

11

IMBONGI (SAF)

57.0

115

Christophe Soumillon

Mike de Kock