Two-year-olds are always exciting this time of year, especially as the season heads down the road to the world's richest dirt race for 3-year-olds, the $2.5 million UAE Derby (G2) on Mar. 30. Sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group, the 1900m (1 3/16-mile) fixture has quite often been won or placed in by horses racing locally in Dubai. This season, the talent of the juvenile stock appears to be on the rise.
A field of eleven juveniles contested last Thursday's Lincoln at Meydan Racecourse, a one-mile conditions race that was won by the heavily-favored Phoenix Ladies Syndicate's Walking Thunder, the only previous winner in the field. Despite a less than ideal trip, the son of Violence thrashed his opponents in the final throws under Connor Beasley for trainer Ahmad bin Harmash.
“Over 1400m (six furlongs) the first time, I was keen to be positive and teach him. Today was a further education about seeing out the 1600m (one mile),” Beasley said. “It all went to plan. For an inexperienced youngster, he has a remarkably professionally attitude and he strikes as a smart horse. Stepping up in class next year, we will hope he can build on this.”
A run in either the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial on Jan. 10 or UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) on Feb. 7 is expected to be next for the well-regarded charge. Both are over the same one-mile distance.
— Phoenix Ladies Syndicate (@LadiesPhoenix) December 6, 2018
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