Agencies/Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
The Qatar-bred Al Shaamikh made it two from two at Wolverhampton on Thursday when winning the Emirates Breeders Novice Stakes for his owner and breeder Mohamed bin Fahad al-Attiyah.
In scoring his back-to-back win, the three-year-old colt also managed to give his trainer Jessica Quinlan another important win, especially as he was the first runner ever for the new UK-based trainer when he won his debut on September 5, presenting his and her credentials firmly.
Following his first success, Quinlan had said, “I’m delighted, hopefully that won’t be my only winner!” Al Shaamikh fulfilled her wish on Thursday.
This time he also stepped up to 1,800m from seven furlongs on debut. The grey colt travelled strongly in mid-division under jockey Daniel Muscutt before coming with his run on the outside. He flew to line to land the spoils and stay unbeaten with a five-and-a-half length victory.
Dergham Athbah was second for trainer Philip Collington and jockey Robbie Downey. Loolwa was a further half-length back in third for the same trainer of the runner-up and jockey Jim Crowley.
Al Rabban Racing has a new winner in Khabib
Later in the evening, in the colours of Al Rabban Racing, Khabib broke his maiden in the Ladbrokes Watch Racing Online For Free Nursery Handicap.
Khabib, owned by Al Rabban Racing in partnership with Partner II, had been placed twice in five previous starts. He made most of the running and pulled clear in the in final furlong under jockey Ben Curtis. He stayed on well to win the five-furlong contest for two-year-olds by two-and-a-half lengths. Patsy Fagan was the runner-up for trainer Richard Fahey and jockey Barry McHugh. Hemmsa, half-sister to the winner, was further three lengths behind in third for trainer T J Kent and jockey Ray Dawson.
Khabib is trained by George Scott in Newmarket.
The bay gelding and the filly placed third in this race are by this year’s breakout star sire Mehmas. Leading first season sire and only behind Kodiac in the leading sires of two-year-old charts, the Al Shaqab stallion stands at Tally-Ho Stud in Ireland.
Khabib is the first foal out of the five-time winner Lady Mega, who is a half-sister to three other winners, including this year’s Gr 3 Mercury Stakes runner-up Muker, who is also a son of Mehmas.
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