Panadol became FLATTER’s newest stakes winner on Saturday when the 3-year-old colt won the Listed Al Bastakiya Sponsored By Arabian Adventures to kick off Meydan Racecourse’s Super Saturday card.
Stretching to 1 3/16 miles on the Meydan dirt, he was hustled out of the gate by Mickael Barzalona to go to the front from the widest draw. That move paid off with Panadol taking over the lead and a spot on the rail as he settled into stride.
Panadol looked strong racing down the stretch and had enough left to hold off fellow U.S.-bred Speights’percomete at the line by ¾ of a length.
“He has only recently started with us,” said trainer Salem Bin Ghadayer. “We had two options with him, either to go directly to (March 27th’s UAE) Derby or give him one more run, just to give him a little more experience. I spoke with HH Sheikh Hamdan and his opinion was to give him one more run. The horse showed that he could recover well. We hope to carry on till the last goal.”
Bred by Chester and Mary Broman, Panadol was purchased by Cromwell Bloodstock for $180,000 as a 2-year-old and is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
Panadol is out of the winning Dixieland Band mare Arradoul, who is also the dam of stakes-placed Backwood Bay and the granddam of stakes winner Celandine, Grade 3-placed J. S. Choice, and stakes-placed Lazarus Project.
Arradoul is also a half-sister to stakes winner Ender’s Sister, the dam of dual-Grade 1 winner A.P. Indy, Grade 2 winner Tiz Shea D, and Grade 2-placed Its All Relevant. Another half-sister to the pair is the dam of Grade 3 winner Doctor Mounty and stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Dabster.
Panadol is the 56th stakes winner for FLATTER and one of two 3-year-olds to win stakes in Dubai for his sire this year alongside UAE Two Thousand Guineas (G3) winner Mouheeb.