By Duane Fonseca
Satish Seemar turned out to be the toast at Jebel Ali Friday, the Zabeel Stables boss landing a double on the seven race card, including victory in the feature 1200m handicap with apprentice jockey Sean Kirrane ridden Au Coeur.
Seemar took a 1-3 in the race where Kirrane combined well with Au Coeur, the pair going to the front soon after the gates flung open. The pair ran clear of the rest of the field with 400m left and held on to win by a neck despite coming under pressure from Pennsylvania Dutch. Seemar’s Richard Mullen-ridden Above Normal was a length and a half behind in third.
Seemar completed his double in the final race on the card an 1800m handicap with the Mullen-ridden King’s Shadow taking victory by a short head from Salem bin Ghadayer’s Royston Ffrench ridden Tailor’s Row. In third place, a further three fourths of a length in arrears was Erwan Charpy’s Cranesbill under Fabrice Veron.
Veron might not have been overly disappointed, though, as he had scalped the opening race on the card, a 1400m maiden for 4yos and above with Ismail Mohammed’s Dirilis Ertugrul. In second place, three and a half lengths behind was Rashed Bouresly’s Celtic Prince ridden by David Liska, while the unrated Dubai Fever took third a further three and a half lengths behind.
Musabbeh Al Mheiri and Sandro Paiva took the 1400m handicap with Kidd Malibu, who took up the running from Geneticist with 300m left and built gradually to win by half a length from Etisalat with Karaginsky taking third a further three and a quarter lengths behind.
Resident Jebel Ali conditioner Nicholas Bachalard and first choice jockey Tadhg O’Shea combined for victory for the first time with Raakezz romping home to a five and a quarter length success in the 1000m maiden. Ali Rashid Al Rayhi’s Dubai Avenue was second under Fernando Jara with Puzzle Elegance a further three fourths of a length behind in third.
The third maiden on the card was run over 1600m and won by Rayig schooled by Doug Watson and ridden by Pat Dobbs. In second place was O’Shea aboard Seemar’s Leadership with Weld Aldar, the charge of Qaiss Aboud, three and a quarter lengths behind in third under Szczepan Mazur.
After winning his maiden by eight and a half lengths a fortnight ago under Ffrench, Bin Ghadayer’s Cheifdom annihilated his rivals yet again under the same jockey in a handicap over 1600m. Chiefdom was slowly into stride but was soon at the helm of affairs and ran clear 400m out to win by six and a half lengths from Zainhom with Moqarrar taking third a further two and three fourths of a length behind.