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18 Jan 2018
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Bin Ghadayer eager for Carnival to get going after recent success


Last week the trainer Salem bin Ghadayer was looking to follow up on his triple success at Jebel Ali a week earlier. Well he fell short by one at the end of the night at Meydan, but he left thoroughly pleased as he not only equalled his previous best of 10 winners in a season with his Meydan double, but he was privy to one of the best performances from his runners this season when Montsarrat whipped the rest of his rivals to win the 2200m handicap on dirt by a whopping 10 and half lengths under Xavier Ziani.

The last fortnight has been highly productive for Bin Ghadayer, the head trainer for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum’s Fazza Racing Stables. But having flexed his muscles with a fine show from the high calibre weapons in his arsenal, the Emirati handler now has to deal with that more than welcome selection conundrum heading into the Dubai World Cup Carnival starting this week at Meydan. “It’s a tough, competitive, time at the Dubai World Cup Carnival with some of the best horses in the world slowly heading into town, but we are confident because our horses are in good shape and we definitely think we can put on a good show and represent Dubai well during the races,” said Bin Ghadayer, who witnessed 2015 Group 2 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 winner Frankyfourfingers win the rated conditions Jebel Ali Mile Prep after Aslan’s success in a handicap over 1800m on the same card.

His third winner up the hill that day arrived on the back of the Mohammed Farooq-owned Galles, who won a handicap over 1950m. Bin Ghadayer was then looking at what could be his best season ever as he needed two wins to equal his previous best of 10, which bore testimony to his steady improvement over the years since his debut at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, in which he claimed five winners from 72 runners. Last season, which included the Carnival triumphs of Long River and Heavy Metal in the Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge R1 and Group 2 Burj Nahaar, was brilliant in the trainer’s own admission.

“Things have gone very well for us and it’s great to win as always. We always believe we have the best staff and some very good horses in our stable. We knew there was going to be a chance for us at Jebel Ali. We knew all along that we had some good runners and all three Aslan, Frankyfourfingers and Galles won very well. Montsarrat and Hornsby, who also won at Meydan last week, have also done well, so it’s a great credit to the team because this is a good achievement with the Carnival set to begin,” Bin Ghadayer said. “Our goal for the season was to do better than last year and we are on track and going down the right direction with things falling into place.

We looked to the season before the Carnival as an opportunity to give our horses good runs and get them in the best possible shape for the Carnival and now that we are at the Carnival we will be hoping for the best from everyone. I thank God for all the opportunities and success he has given me so far.” His stable boasts of stalwarts like Long River, Heavy Metal and Earnshaw, who have joined forces with newcomers such as the 3yo Bernardini colt Galles and Arroway, who won a 1000m sprint as a debutant at Jebel Ali. Add to that list Montsarrat, who looked absolutely brilliant and he definitely has options looking forward. Bin Ghadayer is pleased with the way his staff have worked and believes all targets for the season will be met.

“We are an ambitious group of people at Fazza Racing and our aim is to always keep improving and if you ask me what my goals are for the season then I would say that I am looking to do better than last year in terms of both winners and prize money,” he had told us earlier. He is very much on course to walking the talk, having matched his best winning figures in any season. Everything above and beyond now will be more than just an added bonus. “We started out as a small operation many years back, but things went well all along and now we are truly starting to make a name for ourselves. We have always had big goals and we are slowly getting there.” And we certainly cannot disagree with that conclusion!

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