Issue 750

46 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 THE FIRST LEG of the Al Ain Marathon Series, a 3200m handicap, was the highlight of racing in Al Ain last Sunday and won, unsurprisingly, for Al Ajban Stables by Abdallah Al Hammadi. However, the identity of the winner was probably a surprise because the victorious Whistle arguably appeared the least likely to land the prize from connections’ four runners. However, as it transpired, he was literally left to fly the lime green flag alone with his trio of stable companions filling the last three places. He posted a narrow success under Jesus Rosales with Rajee, Asraa Min Al Talqa and Mujahid all finishing within two lengths as they crossed the line. For fillies and mares in private ownership, a 1600m maiden kicked off proceedings and was won cosily by No Risk At All, ridden by Fernando Jara in the colours of Fatim Ahmad Rashad Manasara for Ahmed Al Mehairbi. The following 1600m maiden for horses foaled in the UAE was turned into a procession by Shoaa’, a spare ride for Dane O’Neill in the colours of Al Wathba Racing for Jean de Roualle. The Al Asayl team were celebrating after a maiden over 1800m, Muqtader delivering the goods under Richard Mullen for Salem Al Ketbi and Sheikh Khalifa. For Ibrahim Al Hadhrami and the Omani Royal Cavalry, Antonio Fresu then partnered Mutaqadim to score in a 2000m handicap. A 1400m handicap went to Hazeem Al Raed, partnered by Bernardo Pinheiro in the colours of Hassan Saleh Al Hammadi for trainer Ahmed Al Shemali. The Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda, Tadhg O’Shea and Ernst Oertel trio rarely leave Al Ain empty handed and they landed the finale, a 1000m handicap, with AF Thayer. Whistle blows hot and in tune to surprise in opening marathon Whistle AF Thayer Mutaqadim Hazeem Al Raed Shoaa’ Muqtader No Risk At All AL AIN REVIEW (SUNDAY)