KHAJAALY, a multiple all weather winner, was sent off a well-backed favourite in the last race at Catterick. Despite having never scored on turf, we knew that conditions would be spot on for him here, where he ran a great race to be third just last month. Never far away from the leaders, Franny Norton produced him to challenge at just the right moment and he did enough to gain his first turf success to the delight of connections.
It took a couple of races for our trainer to get the measure of the gelding, but now we know what he needs, and he has now won and been placed twice in his last three races on grass. We will aim to find more opportunities for him before the turf season ends. He is in good heart, remains on a good handicap mark, and should continue to offer owners a great chance to get in the winners enclosure.