US$200,000 BALANCHINE (Group 2)
Meydan, Turf, 1800m
18 February 2011

South Africa’s River Jetez claimed a decisive Dubai victory this evening in the Group 2 Balanchine at Meydan for legendary trainer Mike de Kock.

Jockey Kevin Shea struck for home on stablemate Reem at the top of the straight and briefly looked to have stolen a crucial advantage but River Jetez, winner of the 2010 edition of South Africa’s J&B Met (Grade 1) when in the care of Mike Bass, delivered a withering run down the outside to hunt down Reem with a furlong to run, with jockey Christophe Soumillon easing her up near the line for a two-and-half-length victory.

Mike de Kock told the Racing Post, “River Jetez is a very good mare who we think is a World Cup night contender. She stays well and the Sheema Classic would be the most likely option, though we have other options as the Duty Free trip would be fine. We may come back on Super Thursday but will decide later. She was very unlucky last time but Christophe has timed this perfectly. Kevin has also given Reem a great ride and it is a big result for the yard.”



10.0RIVER JETEZ (SAF)58.01Christophe SoumillonMike de Kock

22.5REEM (AUS)58.011Kevin SheaMike de Kock

31LONG LASHES (USA)58.04Ted DurcanSaeed bin Suroor

41FOREST CROWN (GB)58.06Jim CrowleyRalph Becket

5hdSTRAWBERRYDAIQUIRI (GB)58.07Ryan MooreFawzi Nass

62.25LOLAMAR (ITY)58.05Mickael BarzalonaMarco Botti

7NsASPECTOFLOVE (IRE)59.52Frankie DettoriSaeed bin Suroor

85KINKY AFRO (IRE)58.08Kieren FallonJames Moore

96.75ANAM CHARA (IRE)58.03Johnny MurtaghAndrew Oliver

105.5GALLIC STAR (IRE)58.09Richard HughesMick Channon

1114TINAAR (USA)58.010Wayne SmithFawzi Nass