x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Newmarket niche for Bahraini trainer Fawzi Nass

Krypton Factor trainer to set up summer base in England.

Krypton Factor, right, trained by Fawzi Nass, won the Dubai Golden Shaheen in March.
Krypton Factor, right, trained by Fawzi Nass, won the Dubai Golden Shaheen in March.

Newmarket, England // Fawzi Nass will buy Grange House Stables in Newmarket with a view to creating a small-scale international operation along the lines of the template laid out by the South African trainer Mike de Kock.

Nass, who will saddle Krypton Factor in the Diamond Jubilee against Black Caviar next Saturday, will use the yard currently owned by Jamie Spencer, the jockey, as a satellite during the summer for horses to be prepared for the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

"There is a nice house on the premises, where I can spend the summers with my family," Nass said.

"I want around six to 12 boxes to bring horses over from Bahrain or Dubai to prepare them over the summer for the Carnival - a mini Mike de Kock if you will."

Nass owns and trains around 40 horses in his native Bahrain, the best of which have gone to run at Nad Al Sheba and Meydan Racecourse for the past six years.

Krypton Factor provided him with his first success in Dubai this year when winning a handicap on the Tapeta.

Including Desert Stables in Al Quoz, Nass will have a similar triangle of bases with which to work as does De Kock, who has used Abington Place Stables in Newmarket as a springboard for the Carnival.

With the 75-acre Aislabie stud that is managed by Oliver St Lawrence, Nass's racing and bloodstock manager, the future is bright for the 41-year-old trainer. Grange House Stables has 67 boxes and will continue to be leased by Noel Quinlan.

Krypton Factor spent last summer in Dubai. In the extreme heat the gelding strengthened up significantly ahead of his stellar Carnival, which culminated in his riveting success in the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Krypton Factor overtook Rocket Man, the defending champion, in the final 100 metres.

He then ran fifth in the International Sprint in Singapore.

Nass, whose day job is as an executive director of the Nass Group, a range of companies involved in construction in Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, spent several months in Europe and barely recognised his flagship horse on his return to the Emirates.

"He was bigger stronger and mentally very different when I saw him again," Nass said. "I have to put his improvement to his physical development during that summer as he had never had a break since he was broken in. So it must have been a great help."

Krypton Factor is currently housed in Egerton House Stables with Gerard Butler, with whom Nass has horses.

The trainer outlined that the ultimate aim for the horse will be to defend his Dubai Golden Shaheen crown at Meydan next year.

The mount of Kieren Fallon is being prepared for his date with the world's highest-rated sprinter on Butler's private, seven-furlong polytrack away from the increasing hullabaloo in town as the build-up to next week's five-day Royal Meeting reaches fever pitch.

"There's no queue to get to the gallops here," Nass said.

"When he ran below form in Singapore his surroundings were not as quiet as here. It took him longer than expected to settle.

"We don't want to be mixing with the local population just yet. I want to give Krypton a break before Dubai 2013.

"Whether we leave immediately after Ascot, or wait until the July Cup next month, all will be decided on Saturday."


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