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Royal Meeting flies home on debut at Yarmouth


Two-year-old colt Royal Meeting created a striking impression on his debut when swooping late to take a seven-furlong maiden for Saeed bin Suroor at Yarmouth on Wednesday, 19 September.

The son of Invincible Spirit ran on strongly after being held up in mid-division by Oisin Murphy, collaring Alrajaa inside the final 50 yards to win going away by half a length in 1m 26.08s on good to firm ground.

Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Royal Meeting has been working alongside some nice horses at home and has shown a good level of speed.

“The going was quick enough for him today as his work has been better with some cut in the ground and I expect him to improve for his first run.

“We will see how he comes out of this race before deciding where to go next but he is a nice colt for the future and I hope that he will make it into a good three-year-old.”

Royal Meeting’s victory continued a good run of form for Saeed bin Suroor’s juveniles, with Royal Marine making all for an easy win over seven furlongs at Doncaster on 14 September and Dubai Blue comfortably taking a mile Polytrack contest at Lingfield Park the following day.

The trainer added: “Royal Meeting and Royal Marine are the two juvenile colts that I have always liked and I hope that both can improve into decent horses next year.

“Dubai Blue had a nice break after she ran on her debut at Haydock in June and looks much better physically now. We will look at taking her out to Dubai.”