Jamaahir produced the performance of the day as Newbury once again hosted the Dubai International Arabian Race Day yesterday. The day, widely renowned as the jewel in the crown of British Arab Racing, featured four high-quality international Group races that traditionally attract runners from all over Europe. Jamaahir came in first to win the Emirates Airline Premier Handicaps Stakes, providing a fantastic win for Delytj Thomas, the owner.
Those attending the focal point of the three-day Dubai Summer Festival, which combined some top-quality Arabian racing yesterday with two segments for thoroughbreds, also experienced a Group 1 winner strutting his stuff as Regal Parade issued an unambiguous reminder of his talents in the Shadwell Stakes. Dandy Nicholls's muscular chestnut, who would dwarf his Arabian cousins, claimed the Haydock Sprint Cup last autumn but had failed to deliver on both starts this season at Meydan and Royal Ascot.
Events held on easier ground are Regal Parade's preferred conditions and with rain in Berkshire leaving the conditions described as good, good to soft in places, he left his rivals treading water en route to an impressive round and he had been struggling under that Group 1 penalty. "Seven is really his trip and he'd even get a mile but Adrian said when he gave him a kick, he just took off. His main target is Haydock again but he might run next in France in three weeks."
Brendan Powell's Yemeni Princess, meanwhile, reigned supreme in the Shadwell "Dubai Summer Festival" Handicap. Oasis Dancer overcame Dafeef in the Shadwell "Nunnery Stud" Conditions Stakes. * Agency