Duffield mount takes Ruler of Sharjah Cup

Al Tayer Motors was the generous sponsor of Sharjah’s final meeting of the season on Saturday afternoon with the track’s main feature, the AED125,000 Ruler Of Sharjah Cup the undoubted highlight.

Knife tried to make all in the 17000m handicap as he sought a second consecutive victory in the race but he was denied close to home by AF Lafeh, trained by Gill Duffield and ridden by Tadhg O`Shea.
The combination had been denied in a photo over the same course and distance on their last visit to Sharjah and Duffield said: "It is great to win this valuable prize and more than makes up for his narrow defeat the last time he ran here. We actually won the first race today in a photo as well so it has been a good afternoon."
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum made the best possible start to the afternoon when his Tejaara just held the late challenge of the same owner’s Udjidora De Bozouls in a 1200m maiden.
Harry Bentley rode the winner for Duffield with Erwan Charpy saddling the runner-up.
Charpy soon gained ample compensation with the easy win of Versac Py and Richard Hills in the following 2700m maiden.
Hills was riding for his main patron, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, completing an early double and Charpy said: “We were perhaps a bit unlucky in the first but have made no mistake here. He is a nice little horse and clearly stays well as that was a track record.”
The 2400m Thoroughbred handicap proved another winning opportunity for the Mubarak bin Shafya-trained Bawadi who has won his previous outing over 2000m on the all-weather track at Meydan.
Prior to that he had twice been placed over 2000m at Sharjah with stable jockey Pat Cosgrave in the saddle on each occasion and the pair sat well off a fast early gallop before challenging 600m out.
The six-year-old ran on well under Cosgrave’s urgings to lead 100m out and the jockey said: “That was a good performance as he was giving weight to all his rivals. He ran well both times earlier in the season and we hoped the extra 400m would help and it has – especially with them going so fast in front early on.”
Jockey and trainer were then narrowly denied a double with their Busker just failing to catch Ana Emirati in the second Thoroughbred race, this time a handicap over 1700m.
Silvestre De Sousa rode that winner for last season`s champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe who said: "We have enjoyed a very good season so far and had a good Carnival double on Thursday. Hopefully we can continue in good form."
Jockey Adrian Nicholls deserves a lot of credit for the comfortable victory of AF Emtilaaki in the 1700m as the eventual winner, who had led in the early stages, looked reluctant to race at halfway before his jockey intervened to the delight of trainer Julio Peromingo.