By Duane Fonseca
Trainer Helal Al Alawi and jockeys Fabrice Veron and Richard Mullen scored multiple winners on Al Ain Friday evening, with Erwan Charpy claiming the only Thoroughbred contest on the seven race card.
Charpy was on target in the 2600m handicap with Blue Sovereign, aboard whom Mullen produced a peach of a ride when going from last to first taking over the running from Ahmed Al Shemaili’s Al Ain expert Antimo with 100m left and progressing well to win by a length and three fourths. A short head behind in third was Mohammed Hussain’s Sean Kirrane ridden East Asia.
Al Alawi and Veron won the card opening 1400m handicap with Shivan Oa, who went clear from the start to win by three and a quarter lengths from Khalifa Al Neyadi’s Es Almas, the ride of Kirrane. Kandoosh for Qaiss Aboud placed third under Per-Anders Graberg.
Eric Lemartninel and Veron were on target in the 1400m maiden with Rokbello Du Cayrou, while Connor Beasley rode in with a second victory for Al Alawi when claiming the 1800m maiden on Mihwal trained by the Emirati conditioner.
Apprentice Kirrane rode his sixth winner when landing the first of two 1800m handicaps with Al Neyadi’s Inthar. Mullen claimed the race that followed adding to his nightly tally aboard Ana Mendez’s Yaraa.
Ahmed Al Mehairbi and Elione Chaves combined to nail the concluding race of the night, a 2000m conditions event with Dagui Lotois, who settled in the rear before shifting gears to take the lead 300m out and win by two and three fourths of a length from Ernst Oertel’s Raniah, the ride of Tadhg O’Shea. A head behind in third was Jean de Roualle’s Harwal, with Mullen in the saddle.