Double wins apiece for three trainers at Jebel Ali Horse Racing meet

Trainers Ali Rashid Al Raihe, Doug Watson and Dhruba Selvaratnam equally divided the six races at Jebel Ali's second meeting on Friday afternoon between them with Al Raihe's Mujaazef winning the featured 1400m conditions race.

 

Quite remarkably, he was one of the winners at the track's first meeting of the season a fortnight ago, as were Kilt Rock, Mushreq and Sarbola who all followed up this week.

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Tadhg O'Shea was in the saddle on Mujaazef continuing the great record of owner His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum in races he has sponsored at Jebel Ali.

 

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell breeding operation traditionally sponsor each week's feature, as was again the case this week, and it was his retained jockey O'Shea who scored a narrow victory over course specialist Atlantic Brave.

 

Champion Trainer Al Raihe has made a flying start to the season and his assistant Jilani Sidiqqui said: "We were very pleased when Mujaazef won here the first week over 1000m and were hoping the extra 400m would help him today. This was a good little race so we have to be very pleased with him and the start we have made to the season."

 

Stable jockey Royston Ffrench was in the saddle on Al Raihe's second winner, Glen Nevis, who denied four rivals in the first of two 1900m handicaps. It was a deserved first win for the horse since a Nad Al Sheba success in early 2009 and Ffrench was obviously pleased.

 

He said: "The horse rarely runs a bad race but has had a few problems in the past so it is great to see him win again. I actually thought he might need the race having not run since March but he really battled when I needed him to."

 

The second 1800m handicap was the final race on the card and 'home trainer' Dhruba Selvaratnam supplied the winner courtesy of Sarbola who was always travelling well under James Doyle.

 

Coincidentally, the horse had lost his maiden tag in the final race of the first meeting a fortnight ago and Doyle said: "He won over 1600m last time but was staying on strongly then so I had no worries about the trip. He travels strongly and is hopefully improving."

 

Trainer and jockey had earlier combined to win the 1400m handicap with Kessraa who was making a winning seasonal return having not run since February.

 

Doug Watson was the other trainer to saddle a brace and both his winners were repeating first day victories; the opening 1000m handicap was won by Wayne Smith on Kilt Rock who was tackling the minimum trip for the first time in a 22 race career.

 

Jockey O'Shea then completed a double for them both with Mushreq in the 1600m handicap. Watson said: "We thought our early season runners were pretty well forward so hoped to make a decent start but for the same two horses to win here at Jebel Ali's first two meetings is very pleasing."