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Doubles for O`shea and Avranche in Abu Dhabi

Jockeys Tadhg O`Shea and Gerald Avranche were both in double form at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening on a card predominantly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

Frenchman Avranche made the best possible start to the evening when partnering the Mohamed Al Ketbi-trained Al Hamra to win the opening 1600m maiden.
The four-year-old filly was having only her second career start and will hopefully prove capable of better.
The jockey then completed his double on AF Maqam Alezz, for compatriot trainer Eric Lemartinel, in the 1200m handicap.
They were following up last week`s win over 1000m and Avranche said: "We were very hopeful he could win again and the extra 200m was always likely to suit him. As we turned for home 400m out I knew I was in a very strong position and he quickened nicely when I asked him. It has been a good evening and Al Hamra was a nice ride to pick up. She was very inexperienced but did it well. She should improve again."
O`Shea`s double was highlighted by the victory of the Doug Watson-trained Quite A Show in the 1600m handicap.
Owned by the jockey`s main employer, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the five-year-old was another repeating a recent victory having won here a fortnight ago over 1400m and the jockey said: "This horse is obviously in great form - Doug and his team deserve a lot of credit for that. He was not particularly favoured by the weights but we felt it was worthwhile taking the chance and it has paid off."
O`Shea had earlier partnered Jaber Bittar`s Rahawan Al Reef to win the 2200m handicap.
The only Thoroughbred race on the card was the concluding 2200m handicap and Champion Jockey Wayne Smith made virtually every yard of the running on Treble Jig for his retained stable, that of Musabah Al Muhairi.
A dual winner in the UK, the four-year-old was making his local debut and Smith said: "He did that very nicely and we came here very hopeful that he could at least go close. He has always pleased us since he arrived and has been working well with good horses. We have not made the best start to the season but things are picking up and hopefully this is a positive sign."

The other race, a 1600m handicap, went to Jaci Wickham`s Raeaa W`RSan under James Doyle.