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Glorious win for Al Shamsi in Jebel Ali Sprint prep

Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum`s breeding operation, sponsored the two feature races at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon.

The official highlight, the Jebel Ali Sprint Prep over 1000m, was won by the Ahmed Al Shamsi-trained Glorious Gift under Wayne Smith. Always travelling like the winner, he quickened well 300m out and looked likely to hold on.

Smith said: "That was a nice surprise as it was a good little race. He was always going very strongly off a decent pace and has taken me there going well. He ran well last time over 1400m but has coped very well with the drop in trip."

Derrinstown also supported the following 1400m handicap and Quartier Latin was a fitting winner for trainer Doug Watson as he is owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan and was ridden by his retained jockey Richard Hills.

The pair made all to the delight of Watson who said: "We hoped this track, surface and trip would suit and he has battled really well when he had to. The straight course and return to dirt have probably made the difference and Richard has given him a good, positive, ride."

Apprentice Harry Bentley rode the last winner at Meydan on Thursday and promptly won the opening 1800m Purebred Arabian Prestige contest on MH Al Wadi for Gill Duffield. The duo ran on strongly to deny stable companion AF Alghabra and Bentley doubled up later on in the 1400m maiden on the Satish Seemar-trained Lord Tiger.

The young jockey said: "It has been another great couple of days and the whole season thus far has been brilliant. I have learned so much and everyone has been so helpful and supportive."

Racing concluded with a 1600m handicap which was won by Sailorman under apprentice Antioco Murgia for trainer Ismail Mohammed to deny stable companion Qamar under Tadhg O`Shea.

Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and stable jockey Royston Ffrench combined to win the 1800m handicap.