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Forjatt powers home
Photo: Erika Rasmussen

Back class to the fore on the hill

JEBEL ALI RACECOURSE staged its final fixture of the campaign on Friday afternoon with the featured Shadwell Farm (1800m) conditions contest staying at home when Forjatt ran out a comfortable winner.

Trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Forjatt has been a great servant to the yard, numbering the 2014 Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile (1600m) and this season’s Listed National Day Cup (1600m) at Abu Dhabi among his big race wins.

Trying 1800 metres at Jebel Ali for the first time, he has always suggested the extra trip at this stamina favouring track would be to his advantage and so it proved.

Ridden by Chris Hayes, he was held up in last of the six runners before making noticeable, effortless, progress in the first half of the long straight.

Hayes was clearly content to bide his time and only sent his mount to the front 200 metres out after which they never really looked likely to be caught.

“This horse is just so genuine,” said Hayes. “He makes matters harder or himself as he is always keen early on but, in regards to that, he has been getting better throughout the season.
“I never had any doubts this extra 200 metres would suit him and it is just a case of not hitting the front too soon as he has a habit of thinking he has done enough once in front.
“After a couple of smacks I have just been able to push him out under hands and heels and he has won snugly.”

A competitive looking Commercial Bank of Dubai (1400m), another conditions race, went to HH Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shaishee who made all under Paul Hanagan.

Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, Shaishee won the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday last year but had been well beaten in four subsequent outings.

He bounced back to form in style here and always looked in control at the head of affairs.

“He can be awkward at the start but broke well today,” said Hanagan. “That makes it easier to ride him as he is happy out in front and has really put his head down when I needed him to.
“Hopefully he is on his way back to something like his best and this will have done his confidence the power of good.”

Eight went to post for the opening School Transport Services LLC Handicap (1600m) but, from a long way out, only one horse was involved with Pat Dobbs sitting motionless throughout on Just A Penny who led all the way.

Trained by Doug Watson, Dobbs’ mount was recording a third straight victory and fourth this season, all at Jebel Ali, in his first UAE campaign.

“We always thought he was a really nice horse,” said Watson. “He has really thrived here at Jebel Ali and it is a shame there is no more racing here this season.
“He will obviously go up in grade next time but, hopefully, he can cope with that.”

The longest race on the card the Roma Capannelle Racecourse Handicap (1950m) resulted with the Ahmad bin Harmash-trained Rich And Righteous losing his maiden tag on his 11th career outing.

Ridden by Xavier Ziani, he was patiently handled before making relentless progress in the final 500 metres and leading at the 100m pole.

“This Jebel Ali track really seems to suit him,” said Xiani. “I rode him twice here over 1800 metres and he was finishing well both times.
“We thought this step back up in trip would be in his favour and so it is proved.”

A depleted field of five went to post in the Al Shafar Investment LLC Handicap (1200m) and local debutant, Speedy Move, made his first start for trainer Satish Seemar a winning one under apprentice Marc Monaghan.

It was a third career victory for Speedy Move, formerly trained by Ismail Mohammed and now a winner on dirt, turf and Polytrack.

The final race of the Jebel Ali season the Creech Inc (1200m) a third conditions event looked on paper the most competitive race on the card but, in reality, was won easily by Krypton Factor.

With Wayne Smith in the saddle, Krypton Factor soon led in the centre of the track and they were never headed and provided his trainer, Bahrain’s Fawzi Nass, with a first winner of the season.

For Krypton Factor, it was a first local victory since his career highlight success in the Group 1 Golden Shaheen at Meydan in 2012 and only his second win since.

His one success in the interim period was achieved in Hamilton, Scotland, in September 2014.