AL BASTAKIYA (Listed)
Meydan / Dirt / 1900m
7 March 2015
The Mike de Kock trained Dubawi colt, Mubtaahij, piloted by jockey Dane O'Neill, ended an exceptional 10-run winning streak of Godolphin ace Sir Fever (Texas Fever) Saturday at Meydan in the $250,000 Al Bastakiya over 1900m on dirt. The winning margin was an impressive 2.50 lengths.
This was a fifth win in the Listed contest for South African trainer Mike de Kock. He landed the race in 2007 with Asiatic Boy (Not For Sale), who remains the only UAE Triple Crown Champion, winning the Al Bastakiya, UAE 2000 Guineas and the UAE Derby.
A thrilled De Kock commented: "Mubtaahij won a super race, this was a very good performance beating the 117 rated Sir Fever. Our third horse Ajwad was 10 lengths off the winner, underlining the ability of the first two. Sir Fever is one to watch because he is likely to improve several lengths for this run. We'll have a healthy respect for him, but Mubtaahij also has improvement to come. The UAE Derby is going to be some race!"
O'Neill said: "I have been lucky to pick up the spare ride on him three times for three wins. He ran a good race in the UAE 2000 Guineas last time and we knew this extra distance would suit him. Hopefully he has a massive chance in the UAE Derby."
Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Mubtaahij is a three-year-old colt by Dubawi out of Pennegale, by Pennekamp.
Extracts from Mike de Kock Racing