Bahrain Turf Series Draws UK Raiders

Jamie Osborne | Racingfotos.com

The inaugural £550,000 10-race Bahrain Turf Series begins in the Kingdom of Bahrain on Dec. 10, and several UK trainers are sending runners to compete. Consisting of 10 £50,000 handicaps, the series will last through Feb. 18, 2022.

Based in Lambourn is trainer Jamie Osborne, who will ship in the pair of Brains (Ire) (Dandy Man {Ire}) and Peerless (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}). His daughter Saffie will help manage the horses with Osborne's assistant trainer Jimmy McCarthy.

Jamie Osborne said, “Brains will run at the first meeting on Dec. 10 in the 2000m race. He's been in good form and has won three of his last five races, so he goes there at the top of his game. He will be competing from the bottom of the handicap which gives us a bit of room to manoeuvre and I think he's going to be pretty competitive.

“Peerless was bought specifically with the Bahrain Turf Series in mind. He's bang on the 85 mark, so he will be right at the bottom of the handicap. He'll run in the six-furlong races, and is a horse that is more of a five-furlong horse in Britain, but given the configuration of the track in Bahrain, hopefully six furlongs will be his optimum trip.”

Osborne added, “We were keen to get some horses to go. I've been everywhere in the Middle East except Bahrain, so I'm very much looking forward to seeing it.”

Some of the other trainers sending horses are: Derby-winning trainer Michael Bell with Ace Rothstein (More Than Ready) and five-time winner Natural Path (Ire) (Toronado {Ire}), while Charlie Hills is represented by King's Knight (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) after running seventh with Pogo (Ire) (Zebedee {GB}) in the G3 Bahrain International Trophy last month.

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