Friday, March 7, 2008

Jalil puts himself into the reckoning

Jalil burst on to the Dubai World Cup scene with an authoritative win in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3, the highlight of the Super Thursday card, generously sponsored by Shadwell Estate.
The Godolphin four-year-old’s win was the climax of a wonderful treble for Saeed bin Suroor, who has dominated the 2008 Dubai International Carnival, taking his tally to 24 winners for the 10 meetings.
Jalil himself was making it three from three on the Nad Al Sheba dirt, showing himself to be a different horse to the one who failed to really shine on the turf in Britain last year.
Hopes have always been unreasonably high for the son of Storm Cat, ever since he cost US$9.7m as a yearling. But having now won this US$300,000 Group 2 race, over the course and distance of the Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates, he is showing just what a classy act he has developed into.
Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford said: “He’s learning to be a really good horse, and clearly loves the sand, and the further he goes, the better he is.
“We gave him a chance as he needed time last year, and it’s paid huge dividends now. He’ll go straight to the Dubai World Cup, and we’ll see Curlin there. He needs to improve again, but he hasn’t stopped yet.”
Winning rider Frankie Dettori said: “He’s taken to the dirt really well, and keeps improving and maturing. He’s got to raise the bar again, but he’s done nothing wrong so far, and fits into the Dubai World Cup field without any problems.”

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