To cap a week that saw the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate sell out their shares and announce plans for a second group GOLDEN JAGUAR advertised their appeal perfectly running our an impressive winner of the Meydan Classic trial.
Having won on debut at Jebel Ali, despite missing the break, he came into Thursday’s race as a lively contender, with hopes that he could improve from that debut run. Again slightly playing up at the start jockey Connor Beasley had no choice but to drop the son of Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom in behind horses but could never really tuck him in from a wide draw. Despite that, he travelled well on the grass surface, having won on dirt first time up, and as the field turn for home, Beasley asked the colt to go and win his race. Once in full stride, he ate up the ground and ended up winning going away over a trip two furlongs more than he faced in his opening effort.
“I was very impressed with the way he did it as everything went wrong, he was drawn wide and he half flipped the start again, he reared up when he went in.” Explained Beasley looking back on the race. “I had to take my time, I got a bit of a rush of blood to the head turning for home as I thought I was further back than ideal, but once I pushed the buttons, he’s done the job really well. We hit the front far too early, to be honest, but he was a willing partner and galloped right the way through the line. It just shows his class having done it when everything went wrong at Jebel Ali; he’s come on a lot from that and shown tonight the real class he’s got.”
Later Beasley also suggested that he could easily see the three-year-old step up in trip to a mile and thinks the options are open for trainer Ahmad bin Harmash now the horse has won on turf and dirt.
The victory came in front of several members of “PLS” and Phoenix Thoroughbreds CEO Amer Abdulaziz who was quick to praise the colt’s trainer.
“Ahmad bin Harmash has done an amazing job with all the horses and he also bought them, so it’s his success. That run shows you how good he is running on dirt and coming onto the turf and winning from gate 15 shows he’s an awesome horse.”
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