Rosedene Stud’s red hot sire Greys Inn was once again to the fore at Meydan on Thursday.
The champion’s talented son Forries Waltz made it five wins from just six outings when he captured the G2 Al Rashidiya over 1800m, comprehensively defeating former G1 Investec Cape Derby winner Ertijaal into second place.
The Al Rashidiya was also a triumph for champion South African trainer Mike de Kock, who saddled the 1-2-4 finishers in the $200 000 contest. Remarkably, de Kock has now won the Al Rashidiya for the past five years in a row.
Forries Waltz, bred by Rennie Price’s Wicklow Stud, put up a remarkable performance in overcoming a poor draw of 13 and a wide trip which saw the four-year-old drop out.
However, the talented colt (who races for Messrs Gerber and De Kock in partnership with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum) ran on strongly to deny Ertijaal victory by a length and a quarter, in going away style.
Former French G3 winner Earnshaw was third ahead of former G2 Charity Mile winner Mujaarib, and the winner stopped the clock in a time of 107.85. Forries Waltz has now won twice from three oDubai outings and he has been nominated for all of the
Forries Waltz hails from a bang in form female line –his dam, Rich Man’s Gold daughter Rose Of Tralee is a half sister to Listed winner Limerick, the dam of this season’s G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas winner Noah From Goa.
His sire Greys Inn could be in for a lucrative few days –as his G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winning son Legal Eagle is ruling favourite for Saturday’s G1 J&B Met at Kenilworth.
A son of the now deceased Zabeel, Greys Inn has one lot on offer at February’s Val De Vie Yearling Sale –a filly whose dam is a winning half sister to Derby winner Central Pacific and who hails from the prolific Majorca family (Lot 96).