BANI YAS - Es Ajeeb delivers in the style of a US dirt performer


BANI YAS - Es Ajeeb delivers in the style of a US dirt performer


Gr2 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 1,400m - AED 195,000

A veritable speedball, Es Ajeeb (Big Easy) didn’t hang about in the Bani Yas

(Gr2 PA, 1,400m), the feature race on the Meydan card. This also marked his second consecutive success in this race. Es Ajeeb is trained by Ibrahim Aseel on behalf of Sheikh Abdulla bin Majid Al Qassemi. Smartly into his stride, Es Ajeeb made an immediate beeline for the front as he poached a decisive lead. True to her habit, Mawahib (Abu Alemarat), the Éric Lemartinel mare, missed the break, losing several precious lengths in the process. Meanwhile, Aatebat Al Khalediah (Khalid el Biwaibiya), the Saudi Arabian distaffer, tugged the second part of the peloton along. On hitting the straight, it was clear that Es Ajeeb was travelling very comfortably. However, he started to give off distress signals going to the final 200m, whereas Aatebat Al Khalediah started to make up ground hand over fist. On reaching the wire, the pacesetter was three-quarters of a length in front. However, granted a slightly longer trip, the second would certainly have got-up. Among the backmarkers at the beginning of the straight, Mawahib ran on for third but not without some recriminations. If only she could get off to a level start!

A style of racing incompatible with longer trips. Sam Hitchcott, the winning rider, told our Dubai Racing TV colleagues: "He is, of course, my favourite PA horse. He’s a marvellous horse and one that fully deserves to win these types of races. He had improved for his run at Abu Dhabi [editor's note: fifth on October 25th] and he showed that here. He earned the right to a decent break after last season. The horse had been working well in the lead-up and he got the job done." On the subject of the winner stepping up in trip, the rider added: "That would be difficult as he has so much natural speed. I think that he could go a mile, or perhaps even a little longer, but a change of tactics would be called for."

Pour voir la course :

A Franco-American pedigree. The five-year-old Es Ajeeb is a son of the Al Asayl stallion Big Easy (Burning Sand). Bred to race on dirt, this US performer won at Gr1 PA level on grass. The winner is the best product of the mare, Bent Al Asayl, who represents the Djebel Lotois cross with Manganate. The mare has also produced Es Zeriyab (Zefiro de Nulvi), a dual winner in the United Arab Emirates. It’s only when you trawl back to the great grandam,

Orzela (Orzel), that you come across black type. She won seven times in the US, including several stakes races.




San Lou Romirz



Burning Sand





Du Smaragda


Big Easy

























Djebel Lotois





Scherazade du Lot


Bent Al Asayl
















Gr2 PA - 4-year-olds and up - 1,400m - 46,301 €

1st           ES AJEEB (56) H5

Big Easy & Bent Al Asayl, by Djebel Lotois

Owner & Breeder: Sheikh A. Bin Majid Al Qassemi

Trainer: I. Aseel

Jockey: S. Hitchcott

2nd          AATEBAT AL KHALEDIAH (54) F8

Khalid El Biwaibiya & Al Awagia, by Waar El Maklouf

Owner: Aloraini

Breeder: Al Khalediah Stables

Trainer: A. Al Rayhi

Jockey: M. Al Mazyed

3rd          MAWAHIB (54) F6

Abu Alemarat & Fraynce, by Dormane

Owner & Breeder: H.H. Sheikh K. Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Trainer: E. Lemartinel

Jockey: A. de Vries

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Mh Rahal, Mirna, Sauternes Al Maury, RB Torch, RB So Rich, Octave, Shadda'ad, Cakouet de Bozouls, Af Sanad, Wadeeaa, Bon Baiser de Faust, Al Tiryaq & Mujahid.

Non-runner: Ghazwan Al Khalediah, Burj Al Arab & Assuan.

(Turf) Good to soft. 1'33"38. Distances: 3/4 - 9 - SHEAD.