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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Jazil finishes second in comeback race

Dubai: Belmont Stakes winner Jazil bounced back after a six-month lay-off due to injury to finish a commendable second in an allowance race at Aqueduct on Friday. Making his first start since his big race success in June Jazil unleashed his trademark late burst but could not catch front-runner Take the Bluff, who held on to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Jazil is owned by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry. Trained by former UAE champion Kiaran McLaughlin the Seeking the Gold colt had been sidelined with a bruised hind cannon bone. McLaughlin told the Thoroughbredtimes: "He needed the run. It's been six months. It's disappointing, obviously, coming out of the Belmont. We anticipated this a little bit." Jazil has had two wins and four seconds from nine career starts with career earnings of $881,817 (Dh3.3 million).

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