By Duane Fonseca
Yas Horse Racing Management celebrated success in the President of the UAE Cup at Doncaster on Saturday after Ioritz Mendizabal produced a peach of a ride to win the PA Group 1 event with the Frederic Sanchez trained Hayyan.
Five went to post in the 10f event with Mendizabal keeping Hayyan just behind the pace through the early exchanges and then letting him loose in the home stretch.
Hayyan’s Yas Racing Management bannermate, Ibn Gadir, also trained by Sanchez, set the pace early on under Julien Grosjean. The pair were up heading into the home stretch, but with Mendizabal applying the heat aboard Hayyan, Ibn Gadir started to fade. Hayyan went to the front easily about two furlongs from home, but remained under pressure from Melabi, who came hard at him but didn’t have enough in the tank to pose a serious threat.
Grosjean and Ibn Gadir settled for third.