Issue 750

48 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 RACING IN Abu Dhabi on Monday was arguably highlighted by the finale and only Thoroughbred race on the card, a 2400m handicap, run at a frantic gallop which ultimately suited Celestial Spheres. A belated first winner of the season for Ismail Mohammed, who had only saddled 16 previous runners this campaign, it was a second for apprentice Gary Sanchez and maiden UAE success for the silks of Millennium Stables, Mohammed’s Meydan base. A gelded 8yo son of Redoute’s Choice, it was a fifth career success for the horse who won four times in Britain for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby, most recently in late January 2018. For mares only, the opening 1600m conditions contest was won stylishly by local debutante Farasah, Antonio Fresu sporting the distinctive yellow and green silks of Naser Askar for Musabbeh Al Mheiri. Fresu was celebrating a double after the following 1400m maiden, combining this time with Ibrahim Al Hadhrami who saddled the impressive SSR Ghazwan for Salim Said Hamad Alrushaidi who also bred the 4yo colt. For horses in private ownership, a 1400m handicap was won in a thrilling finish by Astral Del Sol, completing a double for Al Hadhrami with apprentice Sean Kirrane in the saddle for Ali Haddad. Restricted to horses foaled in the UAE, a 2200m maiden provided Toumadher the perfect opportunity, after 14 previous attempts, to finally open his account, Dane O’Neill riding in the Al Reef Stables’ silks for Jaber Bittar. Riding for his main employer Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and the owner’s principal trainer, Ernst Oertel, Tadhg O’Shea found a very resolute partner in AF Mukhrej in a 2200m handicap, the pair seemingly headed 200m out by Wakeel W’Rsan but battling back to regain the initiative where it mattered. AF Mukhrej SSR Ghazwan Celestial Spheres Astral Del Sol Celestial Spheres Toumadher Farasah ABU DHABI REVIEW (MONDAY) Celestial posts heavenly success as Mohammed returns to winning Spheres