It promises to be an exciting Thursday for Phoenix Thoroughbreds and their ‘sister syndicate’ Phoenix Ladies, with the latter due to be represented by Walking Thunder who will surely be Pick Six favourite in the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas. Winner of all three starts, the 3yo Violence colt looked better than ever when taking the course and distance trial four weeks ago and his trainer, Ahmad bin Harmash, said: “He was particularly impressive in the trial and everything has gone to plan since. “His last serious piece of work was a good one and he should be in top condition on Thursday. We think he is a very special talent who has never really been asked a question as everything just comes so easily to him.
“He is a natural on the dirt and has handled everything asked of him like a true professional.” Walking Thunder isn’t the only unbeaten colt in the stable belonging to the Phoenix Ladies. Golden Jaguar remained undefeated in two starts when switching to the turf at Meydan to win the Meydan Classic Trial, following up on his win on the dirt at Jebel Ali. Phoenix Thoroughbreds’ supremo, Amer Abdulaziz, was quick to praise the colt’s trainer and said: “Ahmad bin Harmash has done an amazing job with all the horses and he also bought them, so it’s his success as well as ours.” Phoenix Ladies can boast six UAE winners from just 14 runners but their ‘parent company’, global investment fund Phoenix Thoroughbreds are seeking a first success locally to add to Group One victories with Advertise in Europe and Dream Tree in the US, as well as a plethora of other big race winners, including Signora Cabello.
That could be remedied on Thursday when Lansky, an excellent third on his first start for Sandeep Jadhav in the 1400m Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort, is set to face 13 rivals in a handicap over the same course and distance. “That was a great run because he would have needed it,” Abdulaziz said. “We would have to be very hopeful on Thursday which is looking like a very exciting evening for us all.” The exciting Walk In The Sun takes his chance in the 1800m turf handicap and will be having his first start for Jadhav where he has recently been joined by Gronkowski, runner-up in last year’s Belmont Stakes and a horse the team hope is a genuine Dubai World Cup contender. Joining them shortly, also with the world’s richest horse race, the $12 million World Cup on his agenda, is Axelrod, while Sands Of Mali, a new partnership acquisition trained by Richard Fahey, is being aimed at the Al Quoz Sprint.
Abdulaziz concluded: “The Phoenix philosophy has always been to compete against the best and, being based in Dubai, what better place to do that than in our backyard at Meydan. “Hopefully we can get Lansky, Axelrod and Gronkowski to the big night from their Dubai base and Sands Of Mali is doing very well in England. “Walking Thunder and Superior are hopefully both UAE Derby horses so we have plenty to look forward to between now and the end of March.” The above could well be names to consider when playing the online Al Adiyat tipping competition, generously supported by Phoenix Thoroughbreds with the overall winner set to drive off in a brand new car!