Raakib Alhawa makes perfect start in Haynes, Hanson & Clark at Newbury

Fri 21 Sep 2018

Raakib Alhawa joined an illustrious roll of honour in making a winning debut in the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Stakes at Newbury.

The David Simcock-trained son of Kingman showed no signs of inexperience to defy his 25-1 price tag claim the mile prize, which has been won in the past by the likes of Shergar, Rainbow Quest, Nayef and Authorized.

Picking up smartly under Andrea Atzeni, the Khalifa Dasmal-owned two year old moved into contention inside the final furlong before defeating last-time-out winner Dashing Willoughby by a neck.

In the process he earned a 50-1 quote for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas with Paddy Power.

Simcock said: “We don’t know if it was a warm race, but he has done what he was asked to and that is fantastic. He hasn’t had an overly-hard time to do that, which is great.

“Andrea didn’t give him a smack. He is a nice horse and has shown up well. I don’t know what is nice and what isn’t, all I can tell you is that they have run well this week.

“We are very happy with him and he has got a future. He has been straightforward at home and done everything we’ve asked.”

Asked about plans for the colt, who holds and entry in the Vernem Futurity Stakes at Doncaster, Simcock said: “I will speak to the owner, but I’ve not a clue where we go. It’s just nice to find one to win a race like this.

“I don’t know what trip he wants next year, but the mare stayed a mile and a half. I don’t know what his best conditions or trip will be.”

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