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Derbaas captures Fort

Thursday`s sixth meeting of the 2011, kindly sponsored by Commercial Bank of Dubai, featured the Group Two Al Fahidi Fort, over 1600m on Turf, as well as the first two races of the Meydan Masters` Jockeys` Challenge.

The feature was won by Derbaas for Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe who was completing a treble on a memorable night. Richard Hills was in the saddle on the horse who was winning his fourth consecutive start at Meydan and is progressing nicely.

Hills said: "This horse has been a revelation this season and is going the right way. The Group One Dubai Duty Free will have to be his target after that effort."

The first race in the jockeys` challenge was the 1600m All-Weather handicap, the Attijari Al Islami and it was American Calvin Borel who landed the spoils on the Al Raihe-trained Haatheq with stable companion Mufarrh third under Frankie Dettori on a productive night for the Champion Trainer.

Borel said: "I was further back than I really wanted to be but they have tired up front as I have made my challenge so have won going away in the end. This is a great place and that is the best possible start to my Meydan career."

Al Raihe had also saddles first and third in the preceding 1200m Attijari Al Islami Visa Infinite Card, which was won by Green Beret under Ahmed Ajtebi with stable companion Alazeyab third. Ajtebi said: "He has really finished well as he does over this trip. We hoped he would run well but he faced a big task at the weights so we have to be very pleased."

Psychic Ability under Ted Durcan led all the way in the opening 2000m Attijari Points reward Program to deny stable companion Enak under Frankie Dettori who tried valiantly to head his stable companion. Both are trained by Saeed Bin Suroor who was to complete a double when Ryan Moore won the second jockeys` challenge race, the CBD Waorld MasterCard, on Emirates Champion.

The trainer said: "It is a good night with two winners and Ted gave Psychic Ability a positive ride and Ryan timed his challenge perfectly on a horse who has had a few problems."

The Listed Nad Al Sheba Trophy, sponsored by Al Dana Wealth Management was over 2810m on Turf, and won by the Mahmood Al Zarooni-trained Claremont under young Frenchman Mickael Barzalona who continues to impress. He was in the right place when long-time leader Mojave Moon stopped 400m out, whereas runner-up and stable companion Opinion Poll came from the back of the field under Ahmed Ajtebi.

Al Zarooni said: "We thought we had a good chance with the two of them but Mickael has given Claremont a good ride. Opinion Poll has a touch of class and was trying to give the weight away. Both stay well and that is a great result."

The concluding 1400m Turf CBD Financial Services was won by Willie Supple who was in the saddle on the Tracey Collins-trained Across The Rhine who was making it third time lucky at the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival.