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Khawlah takes Oaks laurels for Bin Suroor

Al Tayer Motors were the racemeeting sponsors of Thursday`s eighth meeting of the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival which was a memorable one for trainer Saeed bin Suroor who saddled a treble. This was highlighted by his seventh winner of the Group Three UAE Oaks, a 1900m All-Weather contest and won by Frankie Dettori on local debutante Khawlah.

Dettori was never off the pace and said: "Everything went to plan and she did that very nicely. It was a good performance and it would be nice to think she could be competitive in some good races in Europe."

It was the third winner for Bin Suroor who had seen Dettori land the 2200m Jaguar XK Trophy on Bay Willow who won comfortably. The Italian was then on the wrong one when his mount, Global City, was only able to chase home stable companion Charlie`s Moment in the 1200m Range Rover Sport Trophy. Mickael Barzalona was on the winner.

Bin Suroor said: "That has been a good evening and Khawlah is a filly we really like and will hopefully go to York for the Musidora Stakes. The horses have been running well throughout the Carnival and hopefully we can continue in similar form."

That took bin Suroor to 12 winners for the 2011 Carnival, three behind Mike De Kock who won the opening 2000m Jaguar XF Trophy with Wonder Lawn under Kevin Shea who said: "This is probably his optimum trip around here and he picked up nicely. He is a tough and reliable performer who wins in his turn."

Mahmoud Al Zarooni saddled his seventh winner of the current Carnival when he combined to win the 1600m Listed Meydan Classic, on turf, with Ahmed Ajtebi performing the steering on Introvert. Ajtebi said: "It was a good run last time and we were very hopeful of reversing the Trial form over the extra distance. He ran on very strongly and should stay further."

The Alan Jarvis-trained Navajo Chief enjoyed a change of luck in the concluding Range Rover Trophy on his fourth 2011 Carnival start and third on turf. Denied in a photo over course and distance on his penultimate start before a close fifth last week over 1400m, he denied Kavango in a driving finish.

Reunited with Harry Bentley, for whom he was denied by the fast finishing Win For Sure two starts ago, he tried to make all but was headed a furlong out before fighting back bravely. Bentley was delighted and said: "That is a great result for all concerned and the horse really deserved a win after some good runs. I am really grateful to Mr Jarvis for this opportunity and it has been a great first season in the UAE and that is the icing on the cake."

Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe enjoyed a treble last Thursday and was back in the winner`s enclosure after Mufarrh won the Jaguary XJ Trophy under Richard Hills who again stole a race by kicking for home 400m out.