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It's a Group 1 hat-trick for Dubawi's Al Kazeem in the Eclipse
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15.50 at SNPG1 Coral Eclipse S.  [10f 7y (T)]Winner: Al Kazeem (GB), h, 5 by Dubawi (Ire)
THREE UP FOR BIG AL
Despite having already grabbed the spoils in the
G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup and G1 Prince of Wales’s S., John Deer’s Al Kazeem (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) turned up at Sandown to bring up a unique hat-trick and justify 15-8 favoritism in his now customary professional manner. Always traveling with zest under cover tracking the leader Mukhadram (GB) (Shamardal), the bay was cajoled upsides that rival with a quarter mile remaining and had to survive an inquiry after rolling across him inside the final 100 yards en route to a two-length verdict over the closer Declaration of War (War Front). “He’s a fantastic horse and he’s proved that today,” jockey James Doyle commented before learning that he had been handed a five-day ban as a result of the winner’s late infringement. “He just idled and had a look close home, but won pretty well. He was pricking his ears and rolled in to the rail. He’s such an uncomplicated horse who has great rhythm and a great presence about him.”

Saturday, Sandown Park, Britain
CORAL ECLIPSE S.-G1, £425,000, Sandown Park, 7-6, 3yo/up, 10f 7ydsT, 2:04.35, gd/fm.
1--AL KAZEEM (GB), 133, h, 5, by Dubawi (Ire)
     1st Dam: Kazeem (GB), by Darshaan (GB)
     2nd Dam: Kanz, by The Minstrel
     3rd Dam: Treasure Chest, by Rough’n Tumble
O-D J Deer; B-D J & Mrs Deer; T-Roger Charlton; J-James Doyle; £241,018. Lifetime Record: G1SW-Ire, 12-7-4-0, £801,883. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Declaration of War, 133, c, 4, War Front--Tempo West, by Rahy. O-Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Joseph Allen; B-Joseph Allen; T-Aidan O’Brien; £91,375.
3--Mukhadram (GB), 133, c, 4, Shamardal--Magic Tree (UAE), by Timber Country. (190,000gns wnlg ‘09 TATDEC). O-Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum; B-Wardall Bloodstock; T-William Haggas; £45,730.
Margins: 2, 1 1/4, 3/4. Odds: 15-8, 4-1, 15-2.
Also Ran: Mars (Ire), Miblish (GB), Pastorius (Ger), The Fugue (GB). Click for the Racing Post result, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, courtesy Racing UK.
While there was little in his 3-year-old career to suggest that Al Kazeem would emerge as such a leading force in this category, he had quietly started to build his profile with a trio of seconds in York’s
G2 Great Voltigeur S. and Newbury’s G3 Dubai Duty Free Arc Trial and G3 St Simon S. Showing the benefit of the steady approach when returning with an impressive score in the G2 Jockey Club S. over 12 furlongs at Newmarket last May, he sustained a stress fracture of his pelvis and was subsequently out of action until the G3 Gordon Richards S. over this track and trip Apr. 27. On that occasion, he had leaned across Shadwell’s Ektihaam (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) in the closing stages in a portent of what was to come yesterday, but there was no doubting his obvious superiority, which was also in evidence as he toppled Camelot (GB) (Montjeu {Ire}) off his pedestal in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh May 26. At Royal Ascot, he had taken until the final yards to master Mukhadram, and had that rival firmly in his sights again here as he drafted in behind the leader with Mars (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) on his outer. As the latter joined up with Mukhadram on the final turn, he had the other Ballydoyle representative Declaration of War for company, but was traveling too strongly to be kept in and quickened while that rival took time to find his stride under Joseph O’Brien. The Shadwell trailblazer kicked away from Mars in early straight, leaving Al Kazeem a gap, and he did not need a second invitation with James Doyle able to employ just hands and heels to move alongside. The whip was used for a few strides, but when his rider put his hands down as he began to get on top of Mukhadram the winner took that as an opportunity to muscle out his already-beaten rival, who subsequently lost out on second to the staying-on Declaration of War. “He’s gone from strength to strength and I’ve never doubted he’s a top-class horse,” his rider said of Al Kazeem, who recorded a time third only to the 1987 hero Mtoto (GB) and Sea the Stars (Ire) (Cape Cross {Ire}) four years ago. “A lot of people talked about tactics here, but my horse is easy to ride and I could have dropped him out last if I wanted to. I was always happy, but had to sit tight on the bend until the gap came and I was forced to play my cards a bit sooner than I wanted to. This course suits him, but he did exactly what he did in the Gordon Richards, so maybe there is something here that catches his eye and makes him do that. He could be better with cut in the ground--I’ve always thought he would be, and there was when he won the Jockey Club S. He stays very well and has tactical speed and a turn of foot.” Trainer Roger Charlton remains committed to a tilt at the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp Oct. 6, with a holiday on the cards now. “I am immensely proud of him and I think it ought to be that he has a break now,” he said. “He’s had three races on pretty firm ground, so he deserves it and the decision is between the G1 Juddmonte International [at York Aug. 21] or G1 Irish Champion S. [at Leopardstown Sept. 7], with the latter being better timing before the Arc. He’s a proper horse and looks like one--he’s very special.” Aidan O’Brien is looking at dropping the runner-up back in trip now. “He ran a very good race, but he is probably a miler,” he told PA Sport. “He doesn’t stop, but it is his courage that keeps him going. We’d be happy to go back to a mile, maybe for something like the G1 Sussex S. [at Goodwood July 31.]” Angus Gold, racing manager to Mukhadram’s owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, also told PA Sport, “I thought he ran a fabulous race, I think without the interference we’d have been pound for pound with the winner, as it was at Ascot. The winner is a very good horse.”

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