Russian Rock impresses in Jebel Ali Sprint trial
Report: Jebeli Ali, Friday
Russian Rock (Musabah Al Muhairi/Wayne Smith) warmed up for the defence of his Jebel Ali Sprint title with a convincing win over the race's course and distance on Friday
The six-year-old tracked the pace set by old adversary Kilt Rock before unleashing a telling turn of foot over a furlong out, putting daylight between himself and seven rivals despite conceding weight all round.
The Doug Watson-trained Kilt Rock plugged on gallantly for second but has now finished behind his nemesis on all six occasions they have met with Russian Rock winning five of those clashes, including last year's Listed Jebel Ali Sprint when Watson's charge was third.
Smith said: "We broke well and I was happy to take a lead from Kilt Rock before my fellow really accelerated when I asked him and put the race to bed. He ran well at Meydan on turf last time but this race and the Sprint have always been the main targets - though we would have to look at World Cup night if given the option."
Dhruba Selvaratnam, who trains on the track, has endured a poor campaign by his high standards but will be buoyed by the wins of Forjatt and Kessraa.
James Doyle rode both and said: "We had a good season last time and started this campaign with plenty of poorly handicapped horses. They have been running well in defeat and hopefully we can finish the season in style."