BANI YAS - RB Torch from wire to wire


BANI YAS - RB Torch from wire to wire

MEYDAN (UAE), 7th December 2017

Gr. II PA - 4 year olds and over - 1,400m - AED 180,000

Rb Torch (Th Richie) never had a moments worry in the Bani Yas (Gr. II PA), at Meydan.

Coming from gate 1, the Éric Lemartinel-trained colt took the lead on the rail, and never saw another horse, pulling away in the closing stages to win easily. Competitive at a decent level in France, Cakouet de Bozouls (Dahess) took a good second place in front of Burning Breeze (Burning Sand), who was coming back from a break.

Coming from an American pedigree, Rb Torch enjoyed the dirt track at Meydan and remains unbeaten from two starts this season. The winning jockey, the Irish-born Tadhg O’Shea, spoke to the Emirati: "Everything played out perfectly, and having the inside draw was a huge advantage for him. On a good day, he is very talented, as he showed today."

Éric Lemartinel elaborated: "I freshened up Rb Torch after his win in Abu Dhabi a month ago.  Nobody wanted to go in front today which played to our advantage. Tadhg (O’Shea) gave him a great ride and I think that we will now have to look at the Al Maktoum Challenge Round I (Gr. I PA) which is in five weeks time, back here at Meydan."

To watch the race:

MEYDAN (UAE), 7th December 2017


Gr. II PA - 4 year olds and over - 1,400m - AED 180,000

1st        RB TORCH (56) H6

TH Richie & Burnie Gee PW

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

Breeder: D. Waldron

Trainer: É. Lemartinel

Jockey:  T. O’Shea


2nd       CAKOUET DE BOZOULS (56) H5

Dahess & Udjidor de Bozouls

Owner:  H.E. A. Bakheet Saif Murshed Al Marar

Breeder: Sarl Mezagri

Trainer: A. Al Mehairbi

Jockey:  G. Mossé

3rd       BURNING BREEZE (56) H7

Burning Sand & Tri-Illusive Lady

Owner:  Byerley Team

Breeder: J. & B. Gillis

Trainer: H. Al Alawi

Jockey:  R. Ffrench

Other runner(s) in finishing order: Rb So Rich, Ajs Buraq, Babel d’Aillas, Rb Madymoiselle, Rb Goliath & Uptown Dannys Boy.

All Ran (9) – (Dirt) – 1’33’’69

Distances: 5 ½ - 2 ½ - 1