By Duane Fonseca
Connor Beasley scored an Abu Dhabi double Sunday night, which included success in the only Thoroughbred affair of the six race card for Britain based handler Simon Crisford.
Beasley claimed his first win in the aforementioned 1600m handicap aboard Crisford’s Craving, while his second victory of the night was gained on Helal Al Alawi’s Dahess D’Arabie in the 1200m handicap for Purebred Arabians.
Craving was raced mid-division during the early parts of the race, but as Beasley shifted into top gear with 400m left, the 5yo Equiano horse went forward easily to eventually securing victory by a short head from Ahmad bin Harmash’s Daffg just before the finish. Ali Rashid Al Rayhi’s Tafaakhor was third by a head under Dane O’Neill.
Dahess D’Arabie, a course winner over 1600m in December, won more comfortably as Beasley shook him up 500m out and he ran on well to head Al Muhalhal Al Thani with 200m left to win by two and a quarter lengths from Satish Seemar schooled SS Jalmod, the ride of Richard Mullen. Al Muhalhal Al Thani finished third, a further half length behind under Shakir Al Balushi.
The feature event of the night, the HH The President Cup Prep over 2200m, was won by Tadhg O’Shea, who rode in with Jean De Roualle’s Rmmas a half length ahead of Ana Mendez’s Richard Mullen ridden Harrab, whom he headed 50m from the finish. In at third, a good three lengths behind, was Eric Lemartinel’s Darius Du Paon, the ride of Adrie de Vries.
Trainer Ibrahim Al Hadhrami and jockey Saif Al Balushi combined to land the 1600m maiden with Omania which got the card underway, while the following 1600m conditions event was won by the Mendez Mullen combination who ensured Brehaan got to the line a half length ahead of Al Rayhi’s Sandro Paiva ridden Faiza.
The card concluding 1400m handicap was won by Fertile Du Croate trained by Ibrahim Aseel and ridden by Sam Hitchcott.