ABU DHABI (UAE), 5th March 2017

Gr. I PA, 5yos, 1,400m, AED 500,000

RB Burn US (Majd Al Arab) was the great favorite of the Liwa Oasis (Gr. I PA) held on Sunday 5th March at Abu Dhabi and he did not deceive his numerous supporters because he won very easily. At the start of the season already, on this track, he had defeated horses like Al Mourtajez in the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown (Gr. I PA). So it is without any surprises that the Éric Lemartinel trained horse won again. He left behind him Ain Jaloot AE (Amer) and Af Maqayes AE (Af Al Buraq), winner over the mile of the Al Ruwais (Gr. III PA).

Cantering for a long time at the back of the field, the Majd Al Arab’s son first showed himself a little keen before his jockey, Gérald Avranche, brought him out, in the back of Af Maqayes. At the start of the home straight, RB Burn took the best out of his rivals, slowed down by his jockey at the end. “He is a horse with whom you need to wait and the most important was to have a back from the start, commented Gérald Avranche. After that I could not find an opening to accelerate so I came around the lot. RB Burn has a lot of speed even though I had to keep in under control since he hadn’t ran for a while. He came easily at the end.” His trainer explained: “It’s been two months since his last run and we thought a shorter distance would be good before going towards the Kahayla Classic (Gr. I PA) in three weeks’ time. He can do all distances, from 1,400 to 2,200 metres and adapts himself to everything, dirt as well as turf.”

To see the race:

A nice American family

RB Burn is a son of Burnie Gee Pw US (Burning Sand), winner of six races in twelve runs including the Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Distaff Championship Stakes and the Texas Arabian Oaks. RB Burn is a brother of RB Torch US (TH Richie), a two time Group PA placed and also trained by Éric Lemartinel. The second dam, Bygosh Bygolly US (By Golly), produced Djolly Good US (Djendel), winner of four races including the ARAC California Futurity (Gr. III PA).