Usak (Al Kazeem) was an impressive winner for his first start in competition in the Prix de Geloux at Mont-de-Marsan (France) on Thursday. In the colours of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, this 3-year-old colt was drawn 10 of eleven runners in this newcomer’s race over a mile. He made light work of this disadvantage when breaking quickly under jockey Julien Grosjean, heading to the front of the pack. The front three runners quickly pulled several lengths clear of the field with Usak sitting in behind the frontrunner, Ippling (Penny’s Picnic). Once in the straight, he came up to join him and pulled clear of his rival 300 meters from the finishing post. He continued to lengthen the gap to the line, eventually winning by an impressive 8 lengths. Usak is trained by Philippe Sogorb and was bred by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Al Shahania Stud.
Julien Grosjean, the winning jockey, commented: “He has won really impressively. He has always been correct in his morning work, although it was difficult to say with any confidence that he would win on his debut. He knows this track, as he works on it in the mornings and in the final turn he tried to hang towards the exit home. Despite that blip, he focused again in the straight and ran straight to the line. He won by such a big distance that I felt a bit lonely in the end!”