Weld doubles up with Khalaab

Mon 16th Apr 2018, 16:26

photoKhalaab and Declan McDonogh (inside) beat Sir Erec
©Healy Racing Photos
By Gary Carson
Dermot Weld recorded a quick double on the card at Leopardstown when newcomer Khalaab emerged on top after a terrific duel with Sir Erec in the nine furlong maiden.

Gardens Of Babylon was sent to post the 9/10 favourite but came under pressure turning for home as his Ballydoyle stable-mate Sir Erec cut out the running.

He was joined by Khalaab over a furlong from home and there was nothing between the pair in the closing stages.

The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned son of Blame just prevailed close home to record a short-head success. He was returned a 9/2 shot having been 8/1 this morning.

Weld said:- “He’s a fine big horse and, like the filly who won the first, was very immature last year. We took our time with both of them and patience is paying dividends.

“He’s a big progressive horse and we’ll see how he comes out of his race. I’ll have a word with Angus Gold and then we’ll decide his future.

“He showed a very good attitude and did everything well. He got a good strong ride from Declan.”

(Quotes by Alan Magee)

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