By Duane Fonseca
Satish Seemar and Connor Beasley took the training and riding plaudits respectively on the opening night of the 2019/20 UAE racing season at Meydan on Thursday after the pair notched two wins a piece on the six-race card.
Seemar got the season underway with his first choice rider at Zabeel Stables, Richard Mullen romping home aboard Barack Beach in the first race of the card, the Emirates Holidays, a 1200m maiden for juveniles. Defending UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea placed second aboard Laa Baas in what was his debut ride as first choice jockey of Jebel Ali Racecourse trainer Nicholas Bachalard. While Laa Baas was comprehensively beaten by three and a quarter lengths, Mambo Mischief, trained by Ahmad bin Harmash and ridden by Connor Beasley, was third a further three and a half lengths behind.
Seemar’s double was completed in race two: the Emirates Skycargo, a handicap for 3yos rated 74-88, where he saddled the quartet that took the top four places in the 1200m contest.
Riding Way Of Wisdom, Beasley ensured it was two in two for the Zabeel boss as he ran in three lengths clear of stablemate Midlander, with O’Shea settling for second again and Speedy Move a further four and three fourths of a length behind in third under Mullen.
Next, it was Beasley’s turn to complete his double for the night and the Irish rider claimed a second success on the card when Woodditton won the Arabian Adventures, a maiden over 1900m.
Ridings for his chief employer, the Emirati handler Ahmad bin Harmash, Beasley and Woodditton, who showed good late speed, finished a length and a quarter ahead of Mulfit, trained by Doug Watson and ridden by Pat Dobbs. In third, a further two and three fourths of a length in arrears was another Watson runner in Tomo Subito, the ride of Sam Hitchcott.
Another Emirati conditioner to taste success on the night was Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, who enjoyed a 1-3 in the emirates.com, a 2000m handicap.
Secret Trade, ridden by Sandro Paiva, won the race for Al Rayhi after placing a head in front of Grand Argentier, trained by Doug Watson and ridden by Pat Cosgrave, with Quartier Francias a further two lengths behind in third under Fernando Jara.
Trainer Mohammed Hussain and Antonio Fresu combined to land the 1600m handicap titled Emirates Airline with Mark Of Approval stamping his authority with a half length victory over Moqarrar, trained by Erwan Charpy and ridden by Fabrice Veron. Seemar’s Mazeed was third, a further two and a half lengths in arrears under Dobbs.
The final race of the night, the Emirates Skywards, a 2000m handicap, was won by the Watson-trained Tradesman, who won by a length and three fourths under Dobbs. Immortalised, trained by Seemar and with Mullen in the saddle, placed second, with Philosopher a further two and three fourths of a length back in third under Royston Ffrench.