Al Kazeem beaten on return
The three time Group 1 winning Al Kazeem was a disappointing fourth on his return to the racecourse in today’s Doom Bar Stakes at Newbury. The now 6yo won the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, The Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Coral Eclipse at Sandown during a lucrative campaign last year and was subsequently retired to the Royal Studs at Sandringham after being bought by the Queen.
However he was a big disappointment after reportedly getting only around 25 mares in foal and subsequently returned to training with Roger Charlton.
The 124 rated Al Kazeem faced much inferior opposition off level weights in the listed contest. You would have imagined that in his prime he would have been a long odds on favourite today but that wasn’t the case. He was very well supported into 5/4 from an opening show of 15/8 having looked a picture in the preliminaries.
The eventual winner Amralah set a steady gallop for the first couple of furlongs until the 66/1 outsider Zaidiyn decided to dictate matters. Many of the field in behind took keen holds, including Al Kazeem who was trapped out wide throughout and got no cover.
Al Kazeem travelled ominously well throughout but had no more to give in the final stages, tiring badly,before jockey James Doyle eased him down eventually finishing 4th. 16-1 shot Amralah battled well to get first run on the fast finishing second Vancouverite, eventually winning by a short head, with Nabucco back in third.
Charlton said: “I was really pleased. I thought looking at him before the race he was clearly happy and relaxed and of all the horses in the paddock he was sweating the least.
“James said he felt fantastic going to the start and he came into the race like he was going to win it and travelled up there very smoothly.
“I think, as I was suspicious of and told everybody as he’s overweight, he just got tired, which is fair enough.
“I don’t think one can criticize the horse. He’s only been in training since the beginning of May and that race will have done him a huge amount of good. Where we go from here, we’ll see. I was happy.
“I know he was favourite and it’s disappointing for most people watching, but I don’t think you can condemn the horse on that at all. He ran really well, showed all his enthusiasm and will improve.”
By Sean Jackson / Photo: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport
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