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Treble Jig gallant in defeat on Saudi debut

One of the most beloved horses to grace Jebel Ali in recent years, Treble Jig was sold to new connections to race and eventually stand for stallion duty in Saudi Arabia. The son of Gone West out of the Danehill mare Light Jig, Treble Jig was owned in Dubai by Fathi Esaed Mohammed Egziama, and undefeated up the hill, six-from-six in his career there, winning consecutive runnings of both the Jebel Ali Mile and Jebel Ali Stakes.

Treble Jig made his Saudi debut on Friday at Janadriah in an 16-runner, 1,800-metre event over the dirt. Under jockey Adel Alfouraidi, he seemed keen early, even over-racing, and went blazing away on the front-end, opening five lengths on the field turning for home. Making his first start of the season under the new conditions, he tired considerably from the wicked pace in the final 200 metres after seeming uncatchable just prior to that. ¬†Watch the race below, courtesy of the Equestrian Club of Riyadh’s Youtube channel.

In Saudi Arabia, Treble Jig is now owned by Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz and trained by Faihan Almindeel.

The race was won by low-weight Dedication in a sure shocker. This was the Beat Hollow filly’s first victory in 14 starts in Saudi Arabia since being shipped there in 2012, and first overall since May of that year when a winner in her third lifetime start on the all-weather at Kempton when in the care of Roger Charlton. The well-regarded Alnajim Alkaser, making his seasonal debut, raced in closest attendance to the Treble Jig pace and could not last when trying to track him down, finishing third.

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