Musabah, Musabah, Musabah, Musabah.
That’s how the first night of the 2013-2014 racing season at Meydan got going, with Musabah Al Muhairi trained runners winning the first four races, and completing the quinella in three of the four.
Comicality (pictured below) got home in the opener, a rare first-time starting 5-year-old. Purchased for Godolphin at the Fasig Tipton Saratoga Sale in August 2009, the son of Distorted Humor out of the Summer Squall mare Misty Sixes finally got to the races and made short work of the field, drawing away to win by more than four lengths. Clearly with issues before this, there was no trouble dispatching the maidens assembled. This race was run more than four-fifths of a second faster than handicappers in the second race.
Hazaz (pictured below), also a maiden, finally got over the top in his sixteenth time of asking. Prepped the week before at Jebel Ali, there was really no matching the stride of the 4-year-old Dubawi colt. Ernst Oertel trainees finished second and third with Devdas besting juvenile Vigor for the minor awards.
Emerging from an April 2012 layoff, Chasing Halos (pictured below) got back to his winning ways, earning his fourth tally in just nine starts, and his first away from grass. By Elusive Quality out of the Saint Ballado mare, Ballado’s Song, herself a full-sister to American champion mare Ashado, Chasing Halos showed his enjoyment of a surface other than grass with a convincing win. Rated 90 to start the day, he seems a progressive type who could be Carnival-eligible rather soon. Owner Fathi Esaed Mohammed Egziama thanked the Dubai Equine Hospital for their service in an operation that enhanced Chasing Halos breathing. Clearly, it worked well given the result. The win was the second of three consecutive for the owner.
Proving his win at the end of last season was no fleeting flash in the pan, Ramonti Flash (pictured below) earned another convincing all-weather tally dispatching his rivals while weighted favourably by the handicapper. Off a 53 kilo impost, Ramonti Flash, still a 3-year-old, lengthened from rivals to record a handy score.
It wasn’t to be for Musabah in the fifth race, the last with entries from his yard, as Ukrainian (pictured below, nearest) nipped long-time leader Rebel Song. The latter walked-the-dog on the lead in a race that seemed relatively pace-less and nearly pulled it out. Interestingly, both Al Muhairi trainees Interpret and Enery are worth following next out having covered all sorts of extra ground. Ukrainian, bred in Ireland, improved his record to two wins, a second, and two thirds from six starts at Meydan.
Ernst Oertel opened his Meydan account for the year when El Mansour, off almost exactly 24 months, similarly made all the running in the finale. Second home Representation covered eight metres more than El Mansour and was running with intent late, just missing by a half-length. Off a 13-month break, Representation is surely one for the notebook next time, getting the final 400-metre segment almost three-quarters of a second faster than El Mansour.
Racing resumes at Meydan on Thursday, November 21.