Abu Royal wins at Ayr

By John Scanlon

Jaber Abdullah’s Abu Royal impressed in winning a mile maiden stakes at Ayr on May 8.

The Dark Angel colt, bought by Johnston Racing for €85,000 at Goffs Orby Yearling Sale in 2021, was unraced as a juvenile last year, but has made steady progress in three runs over a mile this Spring.

After a respectable debut at Kempton in early April, Abu Royal ran a cracker at Thirsk next time out, just losing out to the odds-on favourite Old Smoke by a head, finishing over four lengths clear of the third.

At Ayr, Abu Royal faced six rivals, five of whom were three-year-olds. Joe Fanning took the ride. In steady rain which significantly affected visibility on the Craigie course, the colt ran prominently as first Mrs Happy and then Mount King made the running.

Asked for his effort with two and a half furlongs to run, Abu Royal improved to take up the running just inside the two furlong pole. From there he kept on well for Joe Fanning, simply having to be pushed out to score by two lengths from Golden Move, with Iron Lion half a length back in third.

This was an impressive performance from Abu Royal. He is out of the Indian Ridge mare, Spesialta, who won a fillies’ maiden on soft ground over seven furlongs at Naas as a three-year-old. In the paddocks, she has produced no fewer than six winners, the pick of which, Nargys, by Lawman, was second in the Rockfel Stakes at two and landed Doncaster’s Group 3 Sceptre Stakes the following year.

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