Baltic Knight tops DDF Handicap

The first day of Newbury’s popular Dubai Duty Free spring meeting saw a performance to match the occasion when Baltic Knight made all to land the Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Handicap, according to a Press release.

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Published: Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:03 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:45 AM

This £19,000 seven furlong event for three-year-olds attracts horses with a future and the next objective for Baltic Knight is the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot in June.

Dubai Duty Free officials Colm McLoughlin, Salah Tahlak and Sinead El Sibai awarding the trophy to Simon Mash, representing owner George Bolton for Contributor, who won the DDF Golf World Cup Conditions Stakes. — Supplied photo

“The Dubai Duty Free Handicap was the plan for today since last November,” said James Stafford, supremo of winning owners Thurloe Thoroughbreds who also raced the colt’s sire Baltic King.

Baltic Knight has something to live up to because Baltic King also won at Royal Ascot – the Wokingham Handicap sprint.

Before that Baltic Knight, a horse with a future, may take in the Esher Cup at Sandown in a week’s time – that would suit his jockey Richard Hughes who is chasing every winner to retain his jockeys’ title.

And with Ryan Moore riding the first two winners on the Dubai Duty Free card, Hughes knows he will need every success he can muster. He too was to ride a double on the afternoon.

After his victory in the opening race, a maiden fillies’ stakes, on Khalid Abdullah’s Pavlosk, former champion Moore rode out another colt with high aspirations, Contributor to take the £14,000 DDF Golf World Cup EBF Conditions Stakes.

Contributor was brought from last to first by Moore and afterwards Ed Dunlop said he would have to consider a Derby trial for the colt by High Chaparral whom Contributor will not however try to emulate in the Derby itself. The concluding race, The Dubai Duty Free handicap worth £20,000, the day’s biggest prize, was no anti-climax however.

Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, owned Heeraat made all over Newbury’s five furlongs. Heeraat was sent off strong favourite on this seasonal debut and justified the support, striding away from his field – undoubtedly on the way to even bigger things. The DDF team headed by Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman; Salah Tahlak, senior vice president-corporate communications and Sinead El Sibai, vice president-marketing together with Jasmin Micoyco and Anna Khan of the marketing department were on hand to present the winners with their trophies.

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