Al Muhairi scores Sharjah feature

Cassells Real Estate generously sponsored the featured 2000m Thoroughbred handicap at Sharjah`s third meeting on this Saturday afternoon and it was won nicely by Bin Shamardal.

Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, the four-year-old had been the trainer`s first winner of the season when winning here over course and distance a fortnight ago and he doubled the trainer`s tally on this occasion.

He was ridden by Champion Jockey Wayne Smith who said: "He only just scraped home last time but has done it easily today. The horses have been needing a run this season and hopefully things will pick up now for the yard."

Smith, the reigning Champion Jockey, was completing a double having won the opening 1200m maiden on AF Beladi for Julio Peromingo.

Bin Shamardal was not the only winner from a fortnight ago to win again over the same course and distance with Ouasima repeating the trick in the concluding 1200m race, one of five Purebred Arabian contests on the card.

He was ridden by Jesus Rosales for trainer Jaber Bittar, while Tony Manuel`s BH One was yet another repeat winner scoring in a 2000m handicap just as he had done last week under Harry Bentley.

Manuel said: "The horses have been running really well and this fellow has thrived here at Sharjah. It has been a good start to the season and long may it continue."

Trainer Doug Watson saddled a double with Redden arguably the easiest winner of the afternoon.
Ridden by Tadhg O`Shea, he was the facile winner of the second Thoroughbred race on the card, a 1200m maiden.

It was a 15th career start for the horse and Watson was delighted.

He said: "I am so pleased this horse has finally managed to win after some really good runs in defeat. We hoped he had a good chance and he really won well. The Sharjah surface really seemed to suit him."

The trainer was completing a double having earlier seen his Almajd win the 1700m under Richard Hills, riding for his main employer His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

It was compensation for the horse who had been demoted after finishing first past the post here over 1200m last week.

Watson said: "He was just very green last week and learned a lot. Hopefully he can improve again."

El Ghoul won the 1200m maiden winner under Carlos Sandoval for trainer Majed Al Mahouri.