Boerhan Wins Sole Thoroughbred Feature In Abu Dhabi
Sunday’s second meeting of the new UAE season was highlighted by a 1600m rated conditions stakes race was won, relatively comfortably, by Boerhan.
Seen by most as a prep for the Listed National Day Cup, over the same course and distance on the first Friday in December, the contest attracted a quality field. Victory ultimately proved fairly straightforward for Boerhan, settled in midfield by Ryan Curatolo before switching wide at the top of the straight to deliver a telling challenge down the center of the track. They swept past Wasim in the final 100m to win going away, ultimately posting an impressive victory for trainer Nicholas Bachelard and his main patron at Jebel Ali Stables, Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
A 4YO gelded son of Sea The Stars, having his first outing since that trip to the vet and leaving William Haggas, he was doubling his career tally on his local debut and first racecourse appearance since August 2019. His sole previous success was achieved on debut, as a juvenile, over 1400m on the straight track at Newbury after which he has campaigned in good company. Bachelard currently boasts a 50% strike rate for his main patron Sheikh Ahmed, doubling their seasonal haul after the victory of Shamikh at Jebel Ali on Friday while Curatolo, aboard that winner, is now on three for his debut UAE campaign.