By Duane Fonseca

Defending UAE Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea and trainer Ernst Oertel took the plaudits at Abu Dhabi Monday night with a brace on the six-race card.

After winning the 1200m maiden titled ‘Shakbout City’ by a comfortable two and a half length margin with AF Ghayyar, O’Shea showed his genius in the saddle when going gate to post with AF Musannef in the 1400m handicap dubbed ‘Masdar City’.

O’Shea took AF Musannef to the front after a good break with the pair kicking clear 500m from home. Ibrahim Aseel’s Emelyna Du Cayrou, with Adrie De Vries up, made a late surge, but they had too much to do with little ground left and fell short by a neck.

Back in third, a further three fourths of a length back, was the Mohammed Ramadan trained and Gabriele Malune driven AF Nafece.

Jaber Bittar, returning to training in the UAE after nearly six seasons, won with his fifth dispatch for the season, Daad, who won the 1200m maiden titled ‘Al Shamkha’ with Dane O’Neill up.

Aseel wasn’t disappointed with his trip to the UAE capital as he had earlier on won the Wathba Stallions Cup 1200m handicap with the Sandro Paiva driven Gold Silver.

Jean-Claude Pecout won the card opening 2200m handicap with Shamakh who was guided to a narrow victory by a neck by Fernando Jara in the most fiercely contested finish on the card, while the only Thoroughbred contest which brought the curtains down on the evening was a 1400m handicap which was won by the Bhupat Seemar schooled Ranchero, who delivered in the hands of Pat Cosgrave.