20 November 2019, Dubai, UAE ~ Racing at Dubai’s Meydan seven-race card on Thursday, 21 November 2019, is sponsored by pillar partner Longines and is highlighted by three exciting contests with Dubai World Cup Carnival implications. The highest-rated race of the evening is the Group 2 Bani Yas presented by Longines (Race 1) over 1400m, the lone Purebred Arabian contest of the meeting.
The Bani Yas is topped by two recent winners of the race, RB Torch, that landed the spoils in 2017, and last year’s winner, ES Ajeeb. Trained by Ibrahim Aseel for owner and breeder Sheikh Abdulla bin Majid Al Qassemi, ES Ajeeb is undoubtedly one of the fastest Purebred Arabians in training and a dirt specialist. This 1400m is seemingly as far as he wants stamina-wise and regular pilot Sam Hitchcott is back in the irons.
“We won the race last year, but only by a nose because he was getting tired over the trip,” Hitchcott said. “He is a very good horse, but hard to place because sprint races on dirt for Purebred Arabians, which is what he wants, are rare.”