Alazeyab shocks rivals with President's Cup win
Report: UAE, Sunday
Abu Dhabi: HH The President's Cup (Listed) 1m, turf
Alazeyab (Ali Rashid Al Raihe/Dane O'Neill) sprung something of a surprise in the second pattern race of the UAE season, the 7f HH The President's Cup, on the Abu Dhabi turf on Sunday evening.
Settled in mid-division behind what appeared a decent early gallop, O'Neill's mount always looked to be travelling strongly but was short of room on the rails turning for home.
O'Neill said: "The horse deserves all the credit. They went a really good gallop and we were perhaps taken off our feet early on but turning for home I was more than hopeful if a gap appeared. Luckily it did and he quickened nicely when the opportunity arose.
"He is a nice and very versatile horse so it would be nice to think he can go to the Meydan Carnival and be competitive.
History seeking Jaasoos (Dhruba Selvaratnam/James Doyle), bidding to become the first horse to win both this race and the Listed National Day Cup twice, failed to fire and trailed in a well beaten seventh.
For a third year running, Escape Route (Satish Seemar/Richard Mullen) finished second.