Ertijaal was sent off a short-priced favourite for this Gr.3 [Meydan Sprint] over 1000m, having only been beaten once in his last six starts, five of which were at Meydan, when finishing three quarters of a length second to Buffering in the Gr.1 Al Quoz Sprint.
After a fairly even break, the son of OASIS DREAM soon hit the front and never looked back, quickening clear when asked by Jim Crowley. He ran out a two and three quarter-length victor from Jungle Cat, with Caspian Prince another four and a quarter lengths back in third.
Ertijaal has now won six of his 10 starts for trainer Ali Al Rayhi. Despite his recent excellent form, this was only his third blacktype success, having won the Listed Present Stakes almost exactly a year ago and 11 months prior to that the Listed Spring Cup when trained by William Haggas.
Bred by Shadwell Estate, he is a half-brother to the Listed Rockingham Stakes-placed Odooj (Pivotal) and three other
winners. They are out of the Listed (then) Atalanta Stakes winner Shabiba (Seeking The Gold), who is a half-sister to the Gr.3 Cornwallis Stakes-placed Darajaat (Elusive Quality).
Ertijaal becomes OASIS DREAM’s 50th individual Group winner. He won the Meydan Sprint Gr.3 in course record time.
Champion 2 year old & World Champion Sprinter in 2003
Winner of 4 races from 5-6f, at 2 & 3 years including:
Nunthorpe Stakes, York, 5f, Gr.1
July Cup, Newmarket, 6f, Gr.1
Middle Park Stakes, Newmarket, 6f, Gr.1
EBF Colwick Park Maiden Stakes, Nottingham, 6f
Sprint Cup, Haydock Park, 6f, Gr.1
King’s Stand Stakes, Royal Ascot, 5f, Gr.2
Sire of Dubai Golden Shaheen Gr.1 winner Muarrab and Al Quoz Sprint Gr.1 runner-up Ertijaal in 2016
Sire of over 160 stakes horses and the winners of close to 200 stakes races, including 25 Gr.1 races
A top five active European sire by stakes winners, Group winners and Gr.1 winners
11% stakes winners/runners
Yearlings sold for 600,000gns, 475,000gns, €380,000, etc., in 2016
Sire of 2015 Champion Sprinter Muhaarar as well as Showcasing and Power
The Juddmonte Farms Group consists of six properties in the UK and Ireland and three properties in the USA.
Juddmonte is one of the leading breeders in the world and have to date bred 104 individual Group/Grade 1 winners of 199 races, including 24 Classic winners.
Juddmonte Farms race all their homebred progeny in Khalid Abdullah’s colours (green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves).