Russian rocks Jebel Ali Sprint prep

Russian Rock won the Jebel Ali Sprint prep, the 1000m feature at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon, kindly sponsored by Shadwell, the UK arm of the breeding organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Never far off the pace under last season`s champion jockey Wayne Smith, Russian Rock was kicked clear about 300m out to record a comfortable and impressive victory.

Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, the winner is owned by Mr Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama, as is Treble Jig who has already won the Jebel Ali Stakes and Jebel Ali Mile for the same connections and Russian Rock will try to complete a memorable Listed treble for them in the Jebel Ali Sprint.

Al Muhairi said: "I was very hopeful before the race as the horse was in good form at home and we know he runs well at Jebel Ali. We will be back with him to try and win the Jebel Ali Sprint."

The owner added: "We have had a great season with Treble Jig and this horse and it would be great if one or both could run on Dubai World Cup night."

Jockey and trainer then completed a rapid double with Youm Mutamiez who landed the following 1400m handicap, repeating his course and distance victory of six weeks ago.

Smith said: "The 1200m in a better race caught him out last time but he did it again nicely today."

Local apprentice jockey Abdulla Al Masoori made a dream start to his career by partnering the Erwan Charpy-trained Aqmaar, owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to victory in a second 1400m handicap.

It was the apprentice`s first ever ride in public and he put up a polished performance to steer Aqmaar to a narrow victory and a delighted jockey, who treated the crowd to a flying dismount and was given a rousing reception by the crowd.

Al Masoori said: "It is a dream come true and I must thank my boss Mr Charpy for all his help and for this opportunity. To win first time in these famous colours is just brilliant."

Charpy added: "He joined us in November 2010 and we have taught him all we can. I am very pleased for him."

The owner was completing a double after his soon-to-retire retained jockey Richard Hills had scored an easy win on Mushreq in the 1800m handicap for trainer Doug Watson.

Hills said: "I was very hopeful before the race as he won his first two starts well and would have needed his latest run after a break. He should have more to offer."

The only Purebred Arabian race was the opening 1800m conditions race and Jaci Wickham continued her remarkable run of form at Jebel Ali by saddling Kareem W`Rsan to victory under Royston Ffrench.

It was her fourth winner on the course this campaign when she has only had runners in five races.

Racing concluded with a 1600m maiden and Moonlight Dash made his third career start a winning one in the hands of Richard Mullen for trainer Satish Seemar.