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With the domestic season winding down, the championship tables have a pretty settled look to them with Doug Watson, as he was last week, seven clear in the defence of his trainers’ title. His one winner last week, Kimbear at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, which took him to 43, was matched by his closest pursuer, Eric Lemartinel who had one winner, in the final race of the weekend, at Abu Dhabi on Sunday. That takes him to 36 but the Al Asayl handler also saddled four seconds in earlier races on the Abu Dhabi card so, with predominantly Purebred Arabian meetings at Al Ain and back in the capital this weekend, expect to see him saddle plenty of runners in attempt to bridge the gap.

That Lemartinel winner was partnered by Tadhg O’Shea, his 41st of the campaign and six more than reigning champion, Richard Mullen. O’Shea did incur a two day ban though so Mullen has a squeak of retaining the title. The Al Asayl team of Lemartinel, O’Shea and Sheikh Khalifa is a powerful one and the last named leads the owners’ table on 35, two ahead of reigning champion Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda. Godolphin moved to 32 with their Super Saturday treble but are unlikely to have any runners before Dubai World Cup night.

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22 Mar 2018
Issue Number: Issue 641
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