x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Second for improving Asiatic Boy

Asiatic Boy missed out on a win in his first outing since the Dubai World Cup by a length.

DUBAI // Asiatic Boy missed out on a win in his first outing since the Dubai World Cup by a length on Saturday night. The Argentina-bred, 2007 UAE Derby winner and 2008 Dubai World Cup runner-up to Curlin was pipped by Curlin's Dubai jockey, Robbie Albarado, aboard Macho Again in the Group One, nine-furlong Stephen Foster Handicap in Kentucky. But the six-year-old, under Alan Garcia, went a long way to redeeming himself after his disappointing performance in this year's Dubai World Cup for the trainer Mike de Kock, when he could manage only 12th and pulled up coughing.

Now prepared by Kiaran McLoughlin, Asiatic Boy ran a strong race in a field that featured the multiple Group One winner and favourite, Einstein. The seven-year-old from Brazil, trained by Helen Pitts-Blasi, was bidding to become the second horse after Lava Man to win three Group One races on different surfaces in the same year. But his chances were spoiled by Macho Again, who with Albarado timing the pace perfectly, went from last to first, passing Asiatic Boy in the straight and Einstein, who had been checked by jockey Julien Leparoux after being boxed in by traffic for most of the running, could not pass the Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum-owned horse, finishing third by a nose.

Further north, Godolphin also scored a second in the USA on Saturday when the four-year-old filly, Seventh Street, was runner-up in the Grade One Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park in New York. Her stable companion, Music Note was fifth. Seventh Street led from the off, but was beaten by Seattle Smooth over the eight-and-a-half furlongs on dirt. "It was disappointing although Seventh Street ran an honest race," said Godolphin trainer, Saeed bin Suroor.