Al Raihe`s string quintet

Gulf News, one of Meydan’s pillar partners, sponsored Saturday`s penultimate meeting of the 2012 Dubai World Cup Carnival and it was last season’s UAE champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe who provided all the headlines, saddling the last five winners on the six racecard.

All run on the all-weather, the pride of place went to Rutland Boy who won the concluding 1600m Gulf News handicap to register his third consecutive win with Kevin Shea a late jockey replacement for the horse`s regular pilot Jamie Spencer who was ill.

Never far off the pace, Shea was able to take his mount to the front 200m out and they always looked likely to withstand the challenge of Markazzi who made a very pleasing local debut.

Shea said: "It was a nice spare ride and he is a very progressive young horse. Jamie was very helpful with instructions as how to ride him and his advice was perfect. I just needed to get after him 200m out and I was always confident we would hold on and I was able to put my stick down close home. He may yet improve again."

The preceding 2200m GNB handicap was won by stable companion Sharayeen who was produced with a telling late challenge by Richard Hills. The jockey said: "It is nice to get another Meydan winner and Sharayeen has been a really tough horse all season and deserved another win."

Silvestre De Sousa was in double form for the trainer, winning the 1900m handicap on Hadba before taking the 1200m Friday handicap on Garbah. Both fillies won well and carry the colours of Saeed Mananah whose El Wasmi had started the ball rolling for the trainer in the 1400m handicap.

Apprentice Saeed Al Mazrooei was in the saddle on that one and assistant trainer Jilani Siddiqui, in the absence of Al Raihe, said: "Obviously it has been a very good evening for all of us; we have had four winners before but never five and the whole team deserve a lot of credit on a remarkable night. Hadba is tiny but has a big heart and battled well, while we hoped Garbah could bounce back because she was beaten by a bad draw last time. Saeed did well on El Wadba and it is good to have a treble for the owner who has been very supportive. And then to win the two biggest races was the icing on the cake and we were particularly delighted with Sharayeen who has been so consistent all season. Rutland Boy has been improving with his races and he has done well to complete his own hat-trick and our five winners on the night."

Racing opened with a 1400m maiden and Pat Cosgrave was in the saddle on Al Naouwee who won for Satish Seemar, denying Darbandikhan in a driving finish.

Cosgrave said: "He has battled hard to win that and showed a great attitude."

Al Raihe`s quintet is not a unique achievement as Ismail Mohammed saddled five winners at a meeting in 2007.