TRAINED BY William Haggas for Mohammed Jaber, the seemingly improving Ummalnar made her trip from Newmarket to Ireland worthwhile with a facile victory in Friday’s Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Fillies & Mares Stakes on the Polytrack at Dundalk. Sent straight to the front by Chris Hayes, the 5yo Shamardal mare did not see any of her 13 rivals until after the race, when their proximity ‘set her alight’ and she wanted to race again! Hayes explained: “Ummalnar is a gorgeous, big filly and she would really take your eye in the paddock. I spoke to Mr Haggas just before racing and he was very complimentary of her chances. He just said to keep it nice and simple. There was no plan to make it, he said to let her use her stride, get into a rhythm and sit on her. “I thought I was going steady. I was going down the back and gave her a kick just before turning because I thought I was getting it handy enough but, looking at the replay, everything was flat to the boards. “When I asked her to quicken, she flicked leads for me and was home and hosed. It took me half the back straight to pull her up. She is exciting.
“She has beaten Surrounding comprehensively and Surrounding is a fair yardstick. Ummalnar has trounced her and I have given her two flicks, but they were needless. I felt I went steady and, when I quickened up, I was waiting for something to finish fast, but she was away on her own. “When they did get to her after the line, she took off and that’s why it took so long for me to pull up. I don’t know what immediate plans are, but I would say that she could step up a grade, definitely.” Eventual runner-up Surrounding, a dual winner of this race and who had been in action at Meydan earlier this year, was nicely positioned behind Ummalnar throughout but had no response to the winner’s finishing kick. The winning margin was six lengths. Having just her eighth career start, winning half of them, Ummalnar is a halfsister to the same owner’s Sheikhzayedroad, a real globetrotter who won on three continents for David Simcock. A gelded son of Dubawi, his career highlight was success in the 2014 Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine, while his two Meydan victories included the 2016 Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy.