ALKUMAIT WINS AT GOODWOOD
Alkumait looked every inch a smart two year old in winning the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes in style on the opening day of Glorious Goodwood. An attractive son of Showcasing, who stands at Whitsbury, he showed bags of promise on his debut at Newbury earlier in the month and clearly learned from the experience as he readily sped clear of his rivals in the closing stages without his jockey Jim Crowley picking up his whip.
Crowley helped Marcus Tregoning saddle Alkumait as the trainer had two runners in the race and he will have been impressed with the speed the colt showed to quickly settle the issue in beating Tawleed by two and a quarter lengths. Alkumait runs in the colours of the yard’s long time supporter Sheikh Hamdan and looks to have a bright future.
Tregoning commented “He is a lovely little horse, came forward from his race at Newbury and I fancied him quite strongly. “Slightly missing the kick at the start here might have helped a bit and I liked the way he picked up. He has plenty of speed, is improving and I hope he can take the next step up and develop further”.
With Asiaaf running a solid race in finishing second in the closing fillies handicap Tregoning’s team could hardly be in better form ahead of’s bid to win the Group 1 Sussex Stakes on day two of Goodwood.
The trainer has made no secret of his belief that his stable star is more than capable of winning at the highest level and is confident of a big run. He said “is my first runner in the Sussex Stakes and is in great form since winning the Summer Mile so well at Ascot. It is just a question of whether he can beat the two Guineas winner Siskin and Kameko”.