Alo Pura smashes track record while taking Meydan feature

With Al Tayer Motors sponsoring the fifth meeting of the season at Meydan it was somewhat appropriate that Alo Pura motored to a 1200m track record in the featured race of the evening, the Al Tayer Motors. The daughter of Anabaa, trained by Dhruba Selvaratnam, was ridden by William Buick who said: "She is a better mare in this type of good race as they go quick and give her a good tow into the race. She quickened well and it was a good performance."

The 1400m Ford Mustang Trophy, a conditions race for three-year-olds produced a surprise winner in the shape of Comradeship who finally justified the high regard in which he is held by his trainer Rashed Bouresly. It was a first winner in the UAE for jockey Erhan Yavuz. Bouresly was ecstatic: "We thought he was our UAE Derby horse last season and he has done it nicely today. Hopefully he can show how good he is in the future.

The 1200m handicap, the Ford Taurus Trophy was won impressively by Ali Rashid Al Raihe`s Green Beret who made virtually every yard of the running under Royston Ffrench. It was a deserved win for the horse who had been placed on both previous outings and Ffrench said: "We went a good clip out there and he has kept on nicely. He had missed the break a couple of times but was much better today."

The meeting opened with a 1900m maiden, the Ford Explorer Trophy, and the Satish Seemar-trained Treachery was able to confirm the promise he had shown on his UAE debut at Sharjah. Runner-up on that occasion, he went one better to the delight of his trainer who said: "We hoped he would go close after that good first run and he certainly did not let us down."

The trainer doubled up when apprentice Harry Bentley took the 1600m Ford Edge Trophy on Western Adventure. Settled well off the pace, the pair made smooth progress to lead close home and the young jockey said: "He was always going like the winner and I was very confident a long way out."

Racing concluded with a 2200m handicap, the Ford Fusion Trophy and Pearly King bounced back to form with a victory under David Smith for trainer Musabah Al Muhairi.