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RB Burn (US) in the paddock

Whilst most considered it a foregone conclusion that the field would be running for second place behind the recent World Cup winner, Al Mourtajez, there are no certainties in racing. Though prominent, Thomas Fourcy’s top rated charge never appeared to be travelling with his usual fluency and when they entered the home straight and Julien Auge asked for more, his trademark turn of foot was lacking. The talented, but wayward Thakif, who had thrown away Kahayla Classic glory in March, had set a strong gallop in front, but he was readily passed at the 200m mark by RB Burn

and Gerald Avranche. Avranche had made the most of his excellent draw getting a good early position behind the leaders and was perfectly poised to strike, so with Thakif and Al Mourtajez fading, the race was his. This was RB Burn’s UAE debut and he ran on well, keeping the fast finishing fillies, Mabrooka, Sylvine Al Maury and last year’s second Sahabba, at bay. The four-year old son of Majd Al Arab, who runs in the colours of HE Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has clearly thrived since joining Lemartinel and had been ridden daily throughout his preparation by Avranche.

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

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The Arabian Racehorse Issue 20  

The only regular digital publication to give full coverage of all the Arabian Racing Organisation fixtures and single races in the UK.