RUNNER-UP IN THE Group 2 UAE Derby, his first defeat on just his third career start, Panadol was supplemented as a late nominee for the 2021 US Triple Crown, one of nine horses confirmed as additional nominations, at a cost of $6,000 last week.
Trained by Salem bin Ghadayer for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the 3yo Flatter colt made an emphatic winning debut over 1600m on the Meydan dirt in February. He then followed up on Super Saturday, over the same 1900m dirt as the UAE Derby, in the Listed Al Bastakiya.
Probably never headed on either occasion when it was doubtful he actually saw another rival, Godolphin’s Rebel’s Romance swept past him with about 300m remaining in the major Classic of the UAE season before battling back. In the immediate aftermath a delighted Bin Ghadayer said: “I’m so happy with that, in a race run in such a fast time but just beaten by a better horse on the day.
“But it was only our horse’s third start and I could not be happier. We are all pretty sure something very exciting is in store with this horse. “We only broke him in during September last year so he was playing catch up so, a performance like that from such an inexperienced horse, is exciting.”
Mickael Barzalona has been in the saddle for all three outings and added: “He is a very straightforward horse for a jockey with excellent gate speed and then just travels so well out in front. “As Salem said, we were beaten by a better horse on the day but it is the first time he has had a proper race and he will have learned a lot.”
Horses can still become eligible for the individual races through supplemental nominations of $200,000 (Kentucky Derby), $100,000 (Preakness Stakes), or $50,000 (Belmont Stakes).
Stable companion Meshakel, also owned and bred by Bin Ghadayer, will likely accompany him to the States. The Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas runner-up has an entry on the Kentucky Derby undercard in the Grade 2 Pat Day Mile.