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18 Jan 2018
Issue Number: Issue 632
De Sousa’s always chasing after the Silvestre lining
Group One hungry Lemartinel won’t go to work without lucky charm
The importance of being Ernst
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O’Shea extends lead but picks up a holiday


Landmark victory number 400 in the UAE is just one away for Richard Mullen after a Meydan double and solitary victory at Al Ain left him tantalisingly on the 399 mark. He was one of a trio of jockeys to partner three winners on a busy weekend, albeit but not as hectic as the upcoming period, with Tadhg O’Shea and Antonio Fresu also achieving the feat. As a result, O’Shea, clearly determined to add to his five Champion Jockey titles, six clear of his pursuers, still headed by Pat Cosgrave who endured a frustrating three days.

In fact, the only bad news for O’Shea was the three day suspension he received after his winning ride aboard Janszoon at Meydan. Pat Dobbs celebrated a single victory at both Meydan and Sharjah, riding for Doug Watson on each occasion and the American, reigning Champion Trainer was joined by Ernst Oertel, Eric Lemartinel and Salem bin Ghadayer in saddling a brace of winners over the three days. Pride of place though went to Satish Seemar, supplier of Mullen’s three winners and a yard seemingly hitting form at the right time with the Dubai World Cup Carnival upon us.

Watson still holds a handy lead of four over Lemartinel, himself two ahead of Oertel whose principle owners, Sheikh Khalifa and Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda are currently dominating their championship race. The former, on 19, leads by two from the current Champion Owner and their combined 36 winners have all been achieved with Purebred Arabians, further emphasising the importance of the Thoroughbreds’ cousins in the title races.

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