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Dohasa and Durcan storm up the hill

Jebel Ali`s third meeting of the new season on Friday afternoon was arguably their best to date and Dohasa landed the official feature, a 1000m conditions race kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum`s Shadwell Farm.

Having run well at Meydan the previous week, he ran on strongly under Ted Durcan to lead close home for trainer Ismail Mohammed.
Durcan said: "That was a good run last week and we had to be hopeful of a big effort here. They went very fast which has suited him and he has responded gallantly to my urgings in the final 200m."‬‬

The following 1400m conditions race was won by Atlantic Brave for trainer Musabah Al Muhairi under stable jockey Wayne Smith. It was a career best effort from the lightly-raced four year old and Smith said: "I have to admit to being a bit surprised as we thought he would need the run. It looked a fair contest and he has done it nicely so hopefully there is more to come."‬‬

Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe was in double form with Haatheq arguably the easiest winner of the afternoon in the 1600m handicap.
This UAE debutant was ridden by Tadhg O`Shea who said: "We were always going very strongly and with luck he could turn out to be a useful horse for the Carnival."‬‬

Thirty minutes later it was stable jockey Royston Ffrench in the saddle as Palm Court recorded a second victory this season. He won comfortably in the 1800m handicap and Ffrench said: "He has two nice wins to his name now this season and that should put him in contention for the Carnival."‬‬

Racing opened with two 1200m maidens with the Thoroughbred version going to Nanni The Teaser for Satish Seemar with stable jockey Richard Mullen in the saddle.
Mullen said: "He had some good form in America and ran well at Sharjah last time so we were expecting a big run and he has not disappointed."‬‬

The Purebred Arabian race was won by the Jaci Wickham-trained A`Nnabak W`RSan under Pat Cosgrave.‬‬