By Duane Fonseca
Trainer Abdallah Al Hammadi enjoyed a 1-2 in Friday night’s Al Ain feature with Octave under Bernardo Pinheiro turning up a stylish winner of the Final Leg of the Al Ain Marathon Series over 5100m.
Al Hammadi had four in the race, including defending champion Balad Al Reef, but in the end it turned out to be Pinheiro and Octave, who ran in 20 lengths clear of teammates Hareer Al Reef, the ride of Fernando Jara. Eric Lemartinel’s RB Grynade followed the pair home in third a further three and a quarter lengths behind under Tadhg O’Shea.
Octave was well away but only really kicked clear as the field turned for home, proving simply unstoppable under Pinheiro, who enjoyed what was his eighth career success this season, while bringing his employer Al Hammadi a 14th for the term.
The other feature of the night the Al Ain Derby was contested over 1800m and won by Jean de Roualle’s Richard Mullen ridden Musheer Al Wathba, who edged Irfan Ellahi’s JAP Aneed by a length and a half at the wire. A further length and a quarter behind in third was Ahmed Al Mehairbi’s Ashtr the ride of Dane O’Neill.
The only Thoroughbred contest of the night was a handicap over 2600m and was won by the Khalifa Al Mazrouei trained Cinq Rues with Jesus Rosales aboard. Following him home were Al Bait Mutawahed teammates Blue Sovereign and Wings of Gold.
Musabbeh Al Mheiri and Sandro Paiva combined to land the 1800m handicap that got the card underway with Dream De Montjoi, who only just managed to edge Ibrahim Al Hadhrami’s Alsaeid by a nose on the line with Al Mehairbi’s Majd Al Gharbia taking third under Adam McLean.
Khalifa Al Neyadi was triumphant in the 1000m handicap with Jayide Al Boraq delivering the goods under Joanna Grzybowska, while the 1400m and 1600m maidens were won by Helal Al Alawi’s Shammarah with Mullen aboard and Yousef bin Ghilan’s AF Barari carrying Antonio Fresu.