KZN-Bred Alareef To Open 2018 Dubai Account


Alareef last raced in February 2017 and will open his account at Meydan on Thursday night for the stable of Mike De Kock.

The Stronghold gelding out of Spring Valley resident broodmare Modraj (by Machiavellian) had three wins in Dubai last season, along with six places from 13 starts in the United Arab Emirates.

The handsome dark bay gelding bred by Shadwell Stud and owned by Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum descends from the blue blooded family of Galileo and Sea The Stars in his immediate damline – his second dam being Allegretta, the dam of Urban Sea.

Alareef produced four wins in South Africa – Gavin Van Zyl races his Just As Well half-brother, who has won three times, named Just Cruised In. He has won almost R250 000 in stakes.

Alareef’s last win came at the end of January 2017 under jockey Jim Crowley, where he won by over two lengths over 1200m.

Stronghold, who died prematurely at Summerhill Stud, has another son performing at the top of his game in Hong Kong, namely Horse Of Fortune for the stable of Tony Millard.

Modraj has an Eightfold Path foal at foot this year, whilst her Curved Ball yearling was sold to Kenya in 2017.

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