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Al Wukair ran a cracker when third in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas – beaten a length and a neck behind Churchill and Barney Roy.
It says much for the regard that Andre Fabre holds him, though, that the serial Fench champion trainer seemed less than pleased afterwards. Perhaps unhappy at then way the race unfolded – his colt trying to pounce late off a steady pace – he said merely: “It’s over”.
Harry Herbert, advisor to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing, who own the Dream Ahead colt, was more expressive.
“He ran a hell of a race, but the pace was so slow,” he said. “He would be much better off a stronger-run race. As a result, he [jockey Gregory Benoist] had to come wide and there was nothing to follow. He has done very well, all things considered.
“Hats off to the winner, but in a faster run race, you’d like to take him on again. It is just frustrating and very hard to quicken off a slow pace.
“There will be other days and he is a very good horse – it is a long season ahead and who knows, next year as well. It is very likely that he will come back to the St James’s Palace Stakes. We will talk to Andre and let the dust settle.”
With understatement, he added: “Andre is very disappointed. He said before the race, ‘As they say in America, show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser’.”
Unfortunately, a slight setback meant Al Wukair had to miss Royal Ascot and he was beaten at 7-10 when lining up in the Group 3 Prix Messidor at Maisons-Laffitte on his next start in mid-July.
Al Wukair had impressed in winning his first three races, especially when beating the Group 1-winning National Defense in the Prix Djebel in April.
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