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Richard Hills opens UAE account with Mujaazef

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoumís Mujaazef scored the feature 1000m conditions race at Friday`s third Jebel Ali meeting of the season.

Trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, Mujaazef, who was winning for the third time this season, was a first mount of the new UAE season for the owner/sponsor`s retained jockey Richard Hills.

In a race carrying the name of His Highness Sheikh Hamden`s Shadwell, the UK arm of his breeding empire, Mujaazef made virtually all the running under Hills who said: "That is the best possible start to my UAE season and Mujaazef certainly seems to have improved for his summer break.

"He has a lot of speed but is gutsy as well which he needed to be as the second threw down a determined challenge but my horse has found plenty."

It was one of three winners on the card for Champion Trainer Al Raihe whose apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei won the concluding 1800m handicap from stable companion Trust N Dustan, the mount of stable jockey Royston Ffrench.

Ffrench was in the saddle on Dhabyani Dream who just prevailed in the 1200m maiden. Never far off the pace, Ffrench`s mount was passed by runner-up Redden about 300m out fought back to lead virtually on the line.

The jockey said: "He was quite keen early on but has done that gamely. The second definitely headed us but my fellow has shown a great attitude to get back up."

Ffrench had earlier been denied in the opening 1400m handicap in which his mount, Game Stalker, was denied in the dying strides by Al Razi, ridden by Richard Mullen for Satish Seemar.

Few Jebel Ali fixtures pass by without a winner for Dhruba Selvaratnam who trains on the track for course patron His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Otaared won the 1400m conditions race for `the home team`.

James Doyle was in the saddle and said: "He thrives here at Jebel Ali and has done that nicely."

The best of the handicaps was over 1600m and the Mubarak bin Shafya-trained Mureb recorded his third career victory.

Xavier Ziani was in the saddle on what proved to be the easiest winner of the afternoon.