Meydan

  • 15:40 Al Basti Cup Sponsored By Al Basti Equiworld Handicap1m 6f

  • Winner 51,489 2nd 19,476 3rd 9,673 4th 4,428
  • Going: Fast
  • Surface: Sand

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Off time: 15:40:03
15:40 Meydan Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Bay Willow (IRE) 6/1
2nd Royaaty (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
1 (1) 11/2045- red, black stars, red sleeves, red cap Averroes (IRE) 28
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-6 E Oertel T P O'Shea 4/51.80
2 (4) 908/545- Gold, black braces, gold sleeves, gold, black star cap Bay Willow (IRE) 18
Nag meCourse Winner
6 8-8 t S Seemar R Mullen 6/17.00
3 (2) 44801/0- Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Almiqdaad 18
Nag me
7 8-5 b E Charpy P Hanagan 16/117.00
4 (6) 602434/ Dark blue, yellow star, dark blue, yellow striped sleeves, dark blue, yellow striped cap Finest Reserve (IRE) 827
Nag me
6 8-5 v F Nass W Smith 25/126.00
5 (5) 042075- Maroon, white sash, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star King Charles 48
Nag me
9 8-5 b A bin Huzaim J Rosales 16/117.00
6 (3) 700271- White, red sash, black, yellow hooped sleeves, black, yellow star cap Royaaty (IRE) 18
Nag meCourse Winner
7 8-5 M bin Shafya X Ziani 4/15.00
7 (7) 12/2209- Royal Blue, White striped sleeves, White cap Tmaam (USA) 39
Nag me
5 8-5 t1 A Al Raihe R Ffrench 7/18.00

Verdict

Tmaam finished runner-up in a Goodwood handicap on his only start at this trip and found 1m1f much too short at Jebel Ali last week. Royaaty enters the fray in good shape having won at Abu Dhabi last month with Bay Willow and Almiqdaad well behind but he was almost eight lengths behind AVERROES when runner-up over the C&D on New Year's Eve 2011. He's a massive 11lb better off here and should get much closer but the winner is a class act over this sort of trip and Tadhg O'Shea, who has been in superb form of late, can steer him home again. King Charles has had 60 starts in his career, which includes six victories, though he's never raced over a trip this far nor has Finest Reserve.