Race goers were treated to a thrilling race finish as a high octane duel unfolded in the feature race at Kempton this evening. It was LA TIHATY who prevailed, denying joint favourite HAFEET ALAIN to score in the Unibet Casino Deposit £10 Get £40 Bonus Handicap.
348 days off, and a move up in trip to face a mile for the first time proved no problem for LA TIHATY, who put in an impressive performance this evening to make it 3 from 4 career wins. Partnered today with the in-form Jefferson Smith, who is making his mark on British soil, notching a second win on the board. It was a dwelt start for LA TIHATY, with MOTAWAAFEQ from the Michael Appleby yard taking up pole position in the early stages. Jefferson launched a strong challenge down the wide outside, LA TIHATY injecting a striking turn of foot from the rear of the field and they cruised through to take up the running. Together with HAFEET ALAIN it was a battle to the line, LA TIHATY proved no match and hit the line one length ahead with HAFEET ALAIN in second. The dual had carried them well clear of the rest of the field which saw a decent gap of four and a half lengths to third placed KEYSER SOZE.
Many congratulations to Jefferson Smith and winning owners HH Sheikh Nasser Al Khalifa and Fawzi Nass. A pleasing performance from the son of New Bay who had clearly benefitted from the break and move up in trip, defying the market odds to seal the deal in the closing stages. We look forward to seeing what more LA TIHATY has to offer as a lightly raced 4YO.