Vancouverite (left) chases home Vercingetorix in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at MeydanPICTURE: Feroz Khan
Jebel Hatta Second For Vancouverite
Vancouverite made a pleasing seasonal return with a staying-on second in the Group One Jebel Hatta Sponsored By Emirates Airline over nine furlongs on turf at Meydan on Super Saturday, March 8.
The Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old colt, slightly slow into his stride, was ridden by Mickael Barzalona to race in fourth on the inside after the first two furlongs.
He was relegated to sixth of the 13 runners passing the five-furlong pole and held the same position as the pace quickened approaching the straight.
Vancouverite ran on to go third entering the final quarter-mile and stayed on gamely to take second near the line, a length and three quarters behind Vercingetorix, who scored in 1m 49.26s on good turf.
Charlie Appleby commented: "I was delighted with Vancouverite. I was confident that he would run a nice race but we left a little bit to work on with him ahead of Dubai World Cup night (March 29).
"He should improve for his first run of the season and hopefully he can take his chance in the Dubai Duty Free now."