Five Cents valuable in Jebel Ali feature

Jebel Ali`s eighth meeting of the season on Friday afternoon was highlighted by a 1400m conditions race, generously sponsored by Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum`s Shadwell breeding organisation and it produced one of the best finishes of the season.

Five of the eight runners flashed over the line separated by a length with Five Cents just prevailing in a four way photo from Escape Route, Otaared and Spirit Of Battle.

Royston Ffrench was in the saddle on the winner for his main employer, last season`s champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and Ffrench said: "The horses have been in great form all season and this fellow seems an improved performer this season and that was probably a career best against some real Jebel Ali specialists."

The trainer completed a double with Richard Hills partnering Sharaayeen, owned by his main employer His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, to victory in the 1800m handicap, denying Ffrench on stable companion Zain Shamardal.

Hills said: "The horse deserves a win after three good previous runs in his first UAE season. He is pretty versatile with regards to trip and surface and the Al Raihe horses have been in great form and we had some run really well at the [Dubai World Cup] Carnival on Thursday evening."

Doug Watson also saddled a 1-2 with Classic Blade and Ted Durcan storming to victory in the 1400m handicap, denying Hills on stable companion Daboos.

It was a first win for Classic Blade since July 2008 ad Watson said: "That is obviously a great result for the yard and I am delighted for the horse and his owners who has been running well in defeat. Ted deserves a lot of credit as he rides this horse really well and gave him the perfect ride today."

Not to be outdone, Jaci Wickham had earlier saddled Maymoun W`Rsan who narrowly denied stable companion Kareem W`Rsan in the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, the opening 1600m conditions race.

Pat Cosgrave was in the saddle on the winner and Wickham, who was saddling a third 1-2 in Purebred Arabian races on the track this season, said: "We have done well at Jebel Ali this season and it is nice to see the horses running consistently well. We have some nice horses and they seem to like the surface and hill here at Jebel Ali."

Dhruba Selvaratnam, who trains on the track for his main patron and racecourse owner His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, rarely leaves his home track without a winner but had to wait until the concluding 1950m handicap on this occasion.

William Buick was in the saddle on Tesslam who prevailed in another close finish from Amazon River.

The runner-up is trained by Rashed Bouresly who had earlier saddled Tropical Blue to win the 1200m maiden under Silvestre De Sousa to register a first career win at the 27th attempt.