By Duane Fonseca
Domestic racing at Meydan witnessed Zabeel Stables boss Satish Seemar land a hat-trick on the seven race card Saturday with numerous others scoring doubles during the course of the evening.
Defending UAE Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea was among the double winning trio that also included rider Mickael Barzalona and trainer Salem bin Ghadayer.
Britain based trainer Simon Crisford and jockey James Doyle won the feature event; a 2000m turf handicap where Franz Kafka demolished the field in the home straight to win by four and a quarter lengths from Seemar’s Welford which had O’Shea in the saddle. A further length and a half behind was Conclusion, trained by Musabbeh Al Mheiri and ridden by Szczepan Mazur.
Bin Ghadayer and Barzalona struck in the first and last race on the card, the pair opening their account in the 1600m maiden on turf with Al Battar, who neatly headed Doug Watson’s Pat Dobbs ridden Dark Thunder in the final 200m and ran on comfortably to win by three fourths of a length with Al Mheiri’s Antonio Vivaldi running in third a further length and three fourths in arrears under Antonio Fresu.
Chiefdom is bound to progress and could be a Carnival hopeful afterall after helping the pair complete their double when winning the final race on the card; a 1600m turf handicap by four lengths from Seemar’s Stratton Street with Richard Mullen aboard. In third place, back by a head, was Al Mheiri’s Billingsgate with Fresu in the saddle.
Unlike Bin Ghadayer and Barzalona, Seemar’s hat-trick was completed by winning back to back races from two to four. Having won the feature Group 3 Dubawi Stakes on the opening night of the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday, Zabeel Stables’ hunger and desire to succeed was evident in the 1200m maiden on dirt that saw Good Fighter, the ride of Mullen, only just hold off stablemate Lake Causeway, with Fresu aboard, by a nose. Ahmad bin Harmash’s Mambo Mischief was third a further two and a half lengths behind.
O’Shea did himself a favour by winning Seemar the next two races as the victories helped the Irish rider reclaim the summit in the jockey’s race from Fresu. The brace took O’Shea up to 19 wins with Fresu one behind.
O’Shea’s first success of the night was aboard Way Of Wisdom in the 1200m handicap on turf, with another Zabeel pair following him home in the form of the Sean Kirrane ridden Speedy Move, who edged Geneticist by a neck.
O’Shea went on to win the race that followed: a 2200m dirt handicap with Immortalised who held off Bin Ghadayer’s Glorious Poet by a neck with Jaber Ramadan’s Litigation giving away a length when taking third.
Watson won the penultimate race on the card a 1400m dirt handicap with Mayaadeen taking a length and a quarter victory under Connor Beasley. Running in second was Important Mission with Gaudi a further three fourths of a length back in third.