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Chevalier and Durcan Lando first win of the season

Meydan`s third meeting of the new season was highlighted by the concluding 1900m Meydan “Farriers” and Frenchman Stephane Chevalier opened his account for the season, as did former Champion Jockey Ted Durcan, when Lando Junior led close home to deny Swinging Sixties.

Chevalier was delighted: "I have had many good times in Dubai as assistant to Ian Jory and Jerry Barton and it is great to have a winner myself. I must thank the owners and Ted who has given him a great ride."

Wayne Smith and the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Always Emirates won the 1200m Meydan “Prime” to follow-up their first night victory over 1400m. Drawn one, Smith was able to track the pace before kicking for home 400m out. They fought out a finish with AB Include but just prevailed to Smith`s delight.

He said: "It was a brave effort and he is a nice horse in this grade. He has had a few problems but is running well."

Trainer and jockey doubled up when Maath Gool ran out the convincing winner of the 1400m maiden, the Meydan “Shiba”. Having only his second start, the three year-old son of Dubawi was always travelling nicely and quickened clear 200m out. Smith said: "He is a nice young horse with very low mileage. Hopefully he can progress."

The pair were narrowly denied a treble when Tayyab was caught on the line in the 1600m Meydan Golf Course handicap by the fast finishing Game Stalker. He is trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe and ridden by Ahmed Ajtebi and the Emirati pair were delighted to combine for a victory when celebrating National Day.

Ajtebi said: "It is great to win for Ali at this time of year. We finished very quickly and I was hopeful we had just prevailed."

Satish Seemar has made a flying start to the season and stable jockey Richard Mullen was in the saddle on Montmorency who won the 1400m Meydan “Fizzy Nigghts” in good style. Always handy, Mullen kicked his charge clear turning for home and they were never going to be caught.

Mullen said: "He is a nice horse and was always going well in front. I knew he would stay all the way to the line and it has been a good start to the season.

Racing opened with the only Purebred Arabian race on the night, a 1600m Meydan Business Park, and the Gill Duffield-trained AF Alghabra won her fifth race on the trot – all under Tadhg O`Shea.

Unbeaten in four starts last season, she opened her seasonal and Meydan account in style and the jockey said: "She is a bonny mare and a real credit to everyone concerned. She is hopefully still improving."