All-the-way success for Eynhallow at Meydan
Eynhallow benefited from a change in tactics as he made all to take a 12-furlong turf handicap on week seven of the Dubai World Cup Carnival at Meydan, UAE, on Thursday, 13 February.
The six-year-old, making his seasonal return for Charlie Appleby, was pushed along leaving the stalls and immediately took up the running on the inside rail. He kicked on at the top of the straight and responded bravely for Mickael Barzalona, resisting the late challenge of Koeman for a neck verdict.
Charlie Appleby said: “Eynhallow is a very genuine horse and Mickael has given him a lovely ride. All he does in his races is maintain a gallop and that is exactly what he has done. Full credit to the horse – he was racing off a handy weight this evening but has always threatened to put together a performance like that.
“Stepping up in trip might test his stamina a bit more. He is happy to get on the front end but there might be a question mark over him being able to maintain that gallop over an extreme distance. We will take tonight, regroup and see where we are.”
Mickael Barzalona said: “We used to take Eynhallow back in his races but we wanted to let him find his rhythm today and he was pretty happy in front. I think it was a bit easier for both me and him tonight.
“This was his first run of the year and he got a bit tired in the end, so I am sure that he is going to improve for it. We will see what he is able to do next time.”