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The fifth Chengdu Dubai International Cup meeting featured a competitive and thrilling day of racing at Jinma Lake Racecourse, a 2000m righthanded turf track just outside of Chengdu, Sichuan, China. The day also featured the second edition of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup Jockeys’ Challenge, which comprised of two races. The featured race of the day was the 2218m Chengdu Dubai International Cup, which was won by Moonlight Dash, a 10yo having his 27th start and winning for the fifth time.

Richard Mullen was aboard the winner for trainer Satish Seemar, whose assistant Bhupat Seemar was on hand. “We’ve always really liked Moonlight Dash and he’s run some really good races on the turf,” Seemar said. “The plan was to get freshened up and aim for Chengdu. This is big prize money.” “It’s a privilege to come back to Chengdu,” Mullen added. “I want to thank Chengdu and Meydan for putting on the event. It’s been a fantastic year and it was a great day once again.”

The co-feature, the 1600m Wenjiang Meydan Classic also went to Mullen, this time riding for Ali Rashid Al Rayhi aboard Portamento. “I want to thank everyone for their support,” Mullen said. “Everything went to plan. Tadhg O’Shea, who usually rides this horse, gave me some advice on what to do with him. Fortunately, everything worked out well and the horse ran a great race.” The opener, a 1400m handicap and first leg of the jockey challenge, featured a battle to the line between Ejbaar and Denzille Lane, with the former gaining the advantage late on under Pat Dobbs, initiating a double for Seemar in the process.

The following 2418m handicap went to Al Rayhi, this time with stable jockey, O’Shea, aboard Quartier Francais and drawing his trainer level with Musabbeh Al Mheiri on six wins in the five year history of the Chengdu Dubai International Cup. The second race in the jockeys’ challenge, a 1600m handicap, was won in style by Tobaco, confidently ridden by O’Shea for Doug Watson, chased home by stable companion Centrifugal. The win secured a victory by the International riders over the Chinese contingent with a score of 30-18, with points distributed to the first four finishers in each race on a 12-6-4-2 basis. “It’s great to come here and ride with these jockeys,” a delighted O’Shea said. “It’s a beautiful racecourse and I’m very fortunate to represent Meydan here.” All five races were started by flag, after a malfunction with the starting stalls caused a marked delay to the first race.

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27 Sep 2018
Issue Number: Issue 648
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