REEM, a surprise package in Dubai this season, outclassed her male rivals in Thursday evening’s Listed Al Bastikiya over 1900m on the All Weather, skating home by over five lengths in the hands of Kevin Shea.
With two wins and two good seconds from four starts the daughter of Galileo has brought much pleasure to the stable and owner Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum and Mike commented: “She deserved her win, she’s been a class act all season. Her field was perhaps substandard, the form of the fillies have been better than colts, but she won well, we are very pleased with her.”
Shea, who has once again held his own in Dubai from limited chances, said: “Reem has surprised us. She was our third choice when she stepped out with Mahbooba and Empire Rose first time out and look how she’s progressed. She’s small, but all heart and I’m looking forward to World Cup night.”
Musir took second place to Twice Over in the Al Maktoum Challenge over 2000m and Mike said: “He ran a cracking race. Twice Over is a multiple Group 1 winner, rated 125, so Musir probably ran above his rating. Perhaps the 2000m is just 100m too far for him too, we’ll keep our options open going into World Cup night.”
Photos by Andrew Watkins.
*Solid Choice (Shea) and Frosty Secret (Bernard Fayd’Herbe), will be racing in the Dubai Millennium Handicap over 1600m on the All Weather on Saturday. Solid Choice is considered to have a winning chance.