Alkumait an Exciting Winner of the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes
ALKUMAIT AN EXCITING WINNER OF THE GROUP 2 DUBAI DUTY FREE MILL REEF STAKES
Caption: Alkumait wins the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes
Alkumait took the Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes to set a new course record for the race (1.09.70) and a first time win in the Group 2 event for trainer, Marcus Tregoning. The 8-1 winner scored by three-quarters of a length beating the Andrew Balding-trained Fivethousandtoone.
The winning trainer Marcus Tregoning said: “It is early days for this horse, it was only his third run and he’s still a work in progress. I think he’s pretty smart and he showed a good attitude today.”
The victory provided Jim Crowley with a second win in the race and he said of Alkumait: “I was really impressed. He came back a lot better than we went down and switched off nicely in the race. It was all smooth, and he showed a good turn of foot. I would say he is right up there with the best of them this season (2yr-olds).”
Earlier in the afternoon, the Mark Johnston-trained Elarqam took the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup to provide the first of two Group wins of the afternoon at Newbury for jockey, Jim Crowley and owner, Hamdan Al Maktoum. A small but quality field saw the five-year-old narrowly beat Desert Encounter who was going for a third consecutive win in the race.
Caption: Elarqam wins the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup Stakes
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