THERE was plenty to like about the way three-year-old Al Borak quickened away for jockey Haley Turner to win the first of four international contests at Turffontein on Saturday.
Al Borak stepped from a Maiden into a handicap and, true to his name, looked “lightning fast” when he pounced on the opposition in the last 300m of the race and then left them standing.
“My wife Janet named him Al Borak, which means ‘lightning fast’ in Arabic. He is special to us,” owner Steve Leahy told Turf Talk.
He added: “We enjoyed having Haley on our runner, she is a professional and did her homework. She spoke beforehand to Callan Murray, who rode him to his Maiden win, making sure that she knew what she was on and how best to ride him.”
Leahy, who has ten horses in training, started racing 12 years ago and says he absolutely loves the game, his best horse so far being the nine-time winning sprinter Ispahan.
Al Borak is a nice, improving type of horse who looks to have the mettle to win several more, but Leahy, whilst excited says he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself.
“We’ll see how he goes, Mike and Adam Azzie are mapping out a programme for him.”
Adam commented: “Al Borak took some time to win, he over-raced in his first few races, didn’t show us on the racetrack what he was showing at home. We gelded him after a disappointing run at Turffontein and that did the trick. He settled, stopped sweating up and we’re impressed with the way he won here.
“We’ll be looking at a race like the Secretariat Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein for Al Borak, that is a contest well consider next.”
Al Borak, raised at Nadeson Park Stud, is a son of Gimmethgreenlight and Dove Of Peace (Lake Coniston). He was a R175,000 buy from the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and that will soon be recovered in full, plus!