Jebel Ali course legend Treble Jig sold to Saudi owners
Jebel Ali record breaker Treble Jig has been sold privately to continue his career in Saudi Arabia so will not be seeking third wins in the Jebel Ali Stakes or Jebel Ali Mile.
Trained in England by Sir Michael Stoute, for whom he won a Newmarket maiden and a Goodwood handicap, he was acquired at Doncaster in August 2011 for what proved a bargain £11,000 (Dh65,000).
Joining Musabah Al Muhairi, he made a winning local debut on the Abu Dhabi turf, but it was at Jebel Ali where he was to dominate, winning all of his six starts up the steep hill on the virtually unique dirt surface – a mixture of sand and oil.
In doing so, he became the first horse to win both the Jebel Ali Stakes and Jebel Ali Mile, both Listed races, in 2012.
If that was not enough, he repeated the trick earlier this year after the Mile had been upgraded to Group 3 status.
His four stakes victories were achieved by an aggregate of over 20 lengths and his Jebel Ali prize money haul is almost £235,000 (Dh1.38m).
The six-year-old son of Gone West also holds the track record at 1,600m, 1,800m and 1,950m.
Wayne Smith rode the horse to all of his UAE victories, and said: “He was a real star for the yard. His Abu Dhabi win was good but he was just a different horse at Jebel Ali where he loved the surface and once he hit the bottom of the hill he would just gallop relentlessly to the top.
“He was a true course specialist and to do the big race double twice and set three course records is some achievement.”
He carried the colours of Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama, who added: “Every horse has a price and we received a good offer.
“We had to think about it but he is nearly seven and we wanted to buy some younger horses for the future. I believe the plan is he will race in Saudi Arabia before retiring to stud – hopefully in a few years I will be able to get some of his progeny.”
His latest bloodstock investments reaped instant reward – Egziama owned three of the four Musabah Al Muhairi winners at Meydan on Thursday, including new recruit Chasing Halos.