Al Jahouri`s Naseem takes UAE Arabian Derby

Trainer Majed Al Jahouri saddled a memorable 1-2 in the UAE Arabian Derby, the 2200m feature at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.

Last season`s champion jockey Wayne Smith was in the saddle on the impressive winner Naseem who has now won both his starts in the UAE.

He was chased home by stable companion Areem, making his local debut, but the result was not in doubt once Smith`s mount hit the front.

The jockey said: "I did say after his first win here that he was one of the best Purebred Arabians I have ridden, and I have sat on a few nice ones, so I am delighted he has won again and in such good style. There is no telling how good he may turn out to be and, who knows, he may even be a [Dubai] Kahayla Classic horse and it was nice to have a winner as I had been enduring a bit of a quiet spell."

Smith`s brother, David, was in the saddle on Naseem Al Reef who won the penultimate race, a 1400m handicap, for trainer Eric Lemartinel.

Manisha, a 1400m maiden winner last Sunday on her debut, followed up in great style when running out the easy winner of the 1600m Emirates Fillies` Classic.

Trained by Ernst Oertel, she was ridden by Mirco Demuro who was clearly impressed by the filly and said: "She clearly learned a lot from that first run last week and seems to have improved a lot for that run and the experience. She has won very well tonight and she seems a nice young horse who can hopefully progress."

Young jockey Harry Bentley rode the first two winners, partnering Bibi Basha to win the opening 1600m maiden for Mohamed Al Ketbi before denying the trainer a double by driving home Raeaa W`Rsan to score a narrow success over Al Ketbi`s Al Hamra.

Jaci Wickham trains Raeaa W`Rsan and has her team in great form with this six-year-old digging deep to win the 1600m conditions race to the delight of Bentley who said: "That has been a great start to the evening and both have won well enough. I was third on Bibi Basha on his last start. He was actually the first reserve after declarations so I was very pleased when he got in. He probably has more to offer as he was stopping in front. You always know you have a chance on Jaci`s runners as she does so well with her string and they have been in really good form."

The following 1400m handicap was won comfortably by MH Wafi with Tadhg O`Shea in the saddle for Doug Watson.

O`Shea said: "That is only the second time I have ridden him and he did it nicely in what had looked a competitive heat."

Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe remains in tremendous form and supplied the 1-2 in the only Thoroughbred race, a 2200m maiden. Stable jockey Royston Ffrench was on Maali but the pair were unable to catch stable companion Jamhoori who led for the last 1600m under apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei.