|For immediate release
Sunday March 13, 2011
Jockey Richard Hills was in treble form and visited the winner’s enclosure after each of the first three races. He made every yard of the running on the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Tenor des Vialettes in the Group Three concluding round of the UAE Triple Crown. Having won both the first two rounds, he was penalised accordingly but that made little difference. Hills said: “He is a really nice young horse and keeps on improving. Hopefully there is more to come and next year will be interesting.”
Hills had already won the opening 1400m handicap on the Doug Watson-trained Quite A Show, before sharing honours in the 2200m maiden on Erwan Charpy’s Versac Pv. He flashed past the post with the Gill Duffield-trained Borkan Al Zobair and the judge could not separate them in an if not unique, exceptionally rare, dead-heat.
Aberfeldy caused something of a shock in the Group One Liwa Oasis, the 1400m highlight of Sunday’s penultimate meeting of the season at the Capital’s racecourse. Ridden by Royston Ffrench for trainer Julio Peromingo, they were able to hold the late challenge of hot favourite Dariya. Ffrench said: “That is a great result and, perhaps, a bit of a surprise, everything went right and it is a great win.”