Treble wins for Al Muhairi

Friday afternoon was a memorable one for trainer Musabah Al Muhairi whose Jebel Ali treble was highlighted by the history making success of Treble Jig in the Listed Jebel Ali Mile.

Sponsored by Shadwell Farm, the USA arm of the breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, stable jockey Wayne Smith was in the saddle on the five-year-old son of Gone West who became the first ever horse to win both the Jebel Ali Stakes (1950m) and Jebel Ali Mile (1600m).

He has claimed both prizes with two weeks between the races and was given a great ride by last season`s champion Jockey Smith who allowed Step In Line to give him an early lead before going to the front halfway up the long straight.

Dangers loomed on all sides but Smith`s mount fought them all off to record a hard fought victory from Haatheq with the winner`s stable companion, Atlantic Brave third.

The last named had finished runner-up in the same race last year behind another Al Muhairi runner, Snaafy, who was a closing fifth this year, a place ahead of the yard`s fourth runner, Happy Today.

Smith said: "This horse has been a revelation and a great new addition to the yard. I was actually feeling very under the weather this morning but knew this fellow had a big chance and did not want to miss it. I feel a lot better now! We will have to try and find something for him at the Meydan [Dubai World Cup] Carnival now."

Al Muhairi also saddled the winner of the main support race with Tadhg O`Shea in the saddle on Kanaf who denied Kilt Rock, seeking a fifth win of the Jebel Ali season, in the last strides of the 1200m conditions race.

O`Shea said: "With 200m to go I would have settled for third as we had plenty in front of us but he really picked up on the hill and I thought I had just made it."

Mirco Demuro rode Al Muhairi`s third winner, Wadi Wanderer, in a 1200m handicap.

Racing opened with the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, a 1400m maiden and Jaci Wickham supplied a 1-2 with Pat Cosgrave winning aboard Maymoun W`Rsan who ran on too strongly for stable companion Wajfah W`Rsan.

The winner was making a belated racecourse debut at the age of six and Wickham explained: "We have always liked him but he has had so many problems with his feet and we have had to be very patient. I have to thank the farrier for even getting him here!"

Cosgrave then completed a rapid double when landing the following 1800m handicap on Izaaj for his main employer Mubarak bin Shafya. Cosgrave said: "That is a great start to the afternoon."

Moannaa, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, made a winning local debut in the 1600m maiden, providing William Buick with his first winner of the season.

Racing concluded with a 1000m handicap in which Ted Durcan partnered Firstknight to victory for Doug Watson.