Tenor Des Vialettes good choice for Kahayla Classic

From The National ~ABU DHABI // Tenor Des Vialettes underlined his status as the best juvenile Purebred Arabian in the UAE with another masterful victory in the Arabian Triple Crown to complete a sweep of the three-race series.

The four-year-old extended his winning streak to four – he also won the UAE Arabian Derby – when making all the running to take the Group 3 prize for jockey Richard Hills Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

“He is a champion prospect and we will have plenty of options with him the next season,” said Ali Mohammed al Muhairi, the racing manager for Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid, the owner.

“Obviously the final decision will have to come from Sheikh Hamdan, but I would like to [take] a crack at the Maktoum Challenge Round 1 and, if that works out, then we have the President’s Cup and the Kahayla Classic as goals for him.”

“But for the time being, he has earned a rest. He has done more than what we expected out of him, winning from a mile to one-and-a-half miles, a clean sweep of the Arabian Triple Crown series and the UAE Arabian Derby.”

Tenor’s Round 3 victory also took Musabah al Muhairi’s tally to 30 to put him one ahead in the trainer’s championship over Ali Rashid al Raihe, the defending champion.

Hills was forced to make the running in the five-runner field over the one-and-a-half mile trip and, when challenged, the veteran Englishman was able to coax enough out of his mount to win by a neck from Frynchman under Kieren Fallon, the six-time British champion jockey.

“He is tough and honest horse with a big heart,” said Hills, who rode him in all three rounds of the Triple Crown series.He has improved after every race and stayed strongly at the end to win his last two races.”

apassela@thenational.ae

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