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RB Burn finishes second in the Qatar Arabin Trophy des Poulains (Gr1PA)

RB Burn’s best race before the Jewel Crown was when he was second in Saint-Cloud last October over 2000m [Qatar Arabian Trophy des Poulains, to Muraaqib, Alsaker third]. Normally horses would then come to the UAE, but he stayed in France with Babette [Elizabeth Bernard]. It was bad, but good. Bad because he did not have the best season in France, but that was good because he did not have too many hard races before coming to me. The first race he won in France, in Bordeaux in April, was over 1400 metres and he won easily; then at Dax [Prix Damas Gr3PA], he was in an impossible position in the rear, but still finished well [to be third to Alsaker]. After that race the riding instructions were changed to be closer to the pace, but at Chantilly he was drawn on the outside. In that position at Chantilly, you are better to wait and come from

behind, which he did, but he got stopped by the winner, Alsaker, inside the 500m mark, running on for fifth. Did you always feel he had the ability to be a top class horse? I followed him from the moment I started to train for Al Asayl, I watched all his races. I felt he had something special for sure, but he had been unlucky. I was thinking that blinkers, just little ones, would help. Maybe he went a little bit early today, but in a race like the Jewel Crown, when you go, you don’t look too much behind! When he ran in La Teste [Prix Cheri Bibi Gr3PA], he hung away from the whip and when the jockey changed his whip hand, he hung away again and then got beat. It’s not bad character, he just needed to focus.

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