Anaerobio - Al Fahidi Fort (Group 2) / Dubai Racing Meydan (p)
$250,000 AL FAHIDI FORT (Group 2)
Meydan, Turf, 1400m
23 January 2014
South African trainer Mike de Kock won the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort yet again, with Anaerobio scoring an impressive victory giving his trainer a sixth win in the turf feature since 2003.
Run over 1400m for the first time this year, dropped 200m from 1600m, the trip has proved ideal for Anaerobio, a dual Classic winner in his native Argentina, and he has now won three consecutive races over this rather specialist trip.
Jockey Christophe Soumillon tracked Pearl Flute and Jamie Spencer before easing his mount to the front 200m out to record a comfortable victory.
“He settled well today,” said Soumillon. “He is not an easy horse and one you have to know well but he loves this 1400m trip around here and has a nice turn of foot. He has now won three times here over course and distance but that is obviously his best effort. I am not sure what Mike has in mind for him.”
The trainer was in South Africa attending the Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Anaerobio was completing a double for trainer and jockey after Alexandra Palace and Soumillon led close home in a 1600m all-weather handicap.
Settled well off the pace, Soumillon asked his mount to challenge 200m and the pair quickened to lead close home. Soumillon said: “I was impressed as he showed really good acceleration and is clearly a good horse. Mike may go back to turf with him, I am not sure, but he will improve for that run.”
Extract from Emirates Racing Authority