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Royal success at Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials

The Dubai Duty Free team headed by Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Salah Tahlak, Senior Vice President-Corporate Communications and Sinead El Sibai, Vice President-Marketing together with Jasmin Micoyco and Anna Khan of the Marketing Department were on hand to present the winners with their trophies.

The first day of Newbury’s popular Dubai Duty Free spring meeting saw a performance to match the occasion when Baltic Knight made all to land the Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Handicap.
This £19,000 seven furlong event for three-year-olds attracts horses with a future and the next objective for Baltic Knight is the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot in June.

April 28, 2013 8:42 by



The first day of Newbury’s popular Dubai Duty Free spring meeting saw a performance to match the occasion when Baltic Knight made all to land the Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Handicap.

This £19,000 seven furlong event for three-year-olds attracts horses with a future and the next objective for Baltic Knight is the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot in June.

“The Dubai Duty Free Handicap was the plan for today since last November,” said James Stafford, supremo of winning owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds who also raced the colt’s sire Baltic King.

Baltic Knight has something to live up to because Baltic King also won at Royal Ascot – the Wokingham Handicap sprint.

Before that Baltic Knight, a horse with a future, may take in the Esher Cup at Sandown in a week’s time – that would suit his jockey Richard Hughes who is chasing every winner to retain his jockeys’ title.

And with Ryan Moore, his most serious adversary, riding the first two winners on the Dubai Duty Free card, Hughes knows he will need every success he can muster. He too was to ride a double on the afternoon.

After his victory in the opening race, a maiden fillies’ stakes, on Khalid Abdullah’s Pavlosk, former champion Moore rode out another colt with high aspirations, Contributor to take the £14,000 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Conditions Stakes.

On sticky ground Contributor was brought from last to first by Moore and afterwards Ed Dunlop said he would have to consider a Derby trial for the colt by High Chaparral whom Contributor will not however try to emulate in the Derby itself.

The next two races were graced by the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and the massed ranks of photographers got the picture they craved when the Royal colours were carried to victory by Sign Manual.

What’s more, Sign Manual got up in the last stride, ridden by the leading lady rider Hayley Turner. That performance would have capped any day’s racing and the Queen had a teenager’s spring in her step as she climbed the dais to receive her trophy.

The concluding race, The Dubai Duty Free handicap worth £20,000, the day’s biggest prize, was no anti-climax however. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum followed in the Queen’s footsteps onto the winner’s platform after his Heeraat made all over Newbury’s five furlongs.

Heeraat was sent off strong favourite on this seasonal debut and justified the support, striding away from his field – undoubtedly on the way to even bigger things.

The Dubai Duty Free team headed by Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman, Salah Tahlak, Senior Vice President-Corporate Communications and Sinead El Sibai, Vice President-Marketing together with Jasmin Micoyco and Anna Khan of the Marketing Department were on hand to present the winners with their trophies.



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