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Reda Comes Into His Own In The Classic

Qatar based trainer Julian Smart celebrated a third success in the Group 1 Dubai Kahayla Classic Empowered by IPIC, when Reda (QA) came with a late but powerful burst down the straight to beat RB Burn (USA) by two and a half lengths.

It was a dream result for His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani`s son of Burning Sand and Ba’scherit, who had only received the invitation to run in this 2000m event last Saturday.

Ridden by Harry Bentley, he had travelled towards the back of the field that was led by last year’s victor AF Mathmoon (UAE), followed by TM Thunder Struck (USA) and Loraa (FR). Turning into the straight, RB Burn took the advantage and looked to have the race in the bag when Bentley unleashed Reda from the back. In just a few strides he flew past RB Burn.

“I didn’t think anything could come from the back on this track,” said his exuberant trainer. “But I tell you what, he is an underrated horse. We only got the invitation last Saturday and am I glad we did!

“He has only run one time only on the dirt in his career. We ran him a couple of weeks ago to see if he could handle it. And he has handled this.”

Reda’s career has not always been straightforward, as he suffered an accident in the crate when he travelled to France last summer. Even though he had no visible injuries externally, he might have suffered some internal injuries.

“We had some great work done by a chiropractor in Dubai and also in Doha,” explained Smart. “He has been in great form this year in Doha. He really deserves this win.”

Bentley added: “He was a horse that was really improving and I’d liked him a lost last year but he disappointed during the summer. He’s really come of age and matured a lot.”

“For the amount of kickback he was getting he faced it brilliantly. I was quite a long way back. He just kept persevering. He was full of running and it was just a matter of when he’d get there.”