De Vries and Bin Shafya Sign Off Domestic Season With Winning Treble

Apprentice Marc Monaghan Finishes His UAE Season With Victory

The domestic season bade farewell to Meydan on Thursday evening with a Gulf News sponsored card, dominated by trainer Mubarak bin Shafya and his stable jockey, Adrie De Vries, who combined to win half of the six races

The track will now be prepared for the Dubai World Cup which takes place on March 30.

Petty Officer led the way in the 1600m maiden, finishing fast to lead close home in a three way photo and begin a trend of thrilling finishes. With 50m to run Mutual Force was in front, only to be headed by Sowalym who just two strides from the line, before De Vries denied him victory in the shadow of the post.

He was losing his maiden tag at the 16th attempt and De Vries said: "I thought we were going to get there but it was certainly close. It was nice to see this horse finally get his head in front."

It was almost a case of deja vu after the following 1400m handicap with the jockey producing Busker to lead close home although the pair were going away at the line to win by just under a length.

“I was always travelling well and this is a great little horse who goes well here and on dirt at Sharjah. I was denied a run initially but a gap opened on the rail and he picked up in style,” said De Vries.

The treble was completed in the concluding 1900m handicap with Blue Tiger’s Eye, on whom the jockey had won in January on an evening Busker also won for him. This time they hit the front about 100m out and just had enough left to hold the late challenge of Karma Chameleon to the delight of the jockey who said: “We knew we had some good chances on the night but tow in three is brilliant. It is the perfect end to the domestic season here at Meydan.”

Irish apprentice Marc Monaghan has really impressed in his debut UAE season and registered his seventh success when leading close home on Kaiss to win a 1200m handicap for his main employer, Satish Seemar.

The young jockey, who rides this weekend and next Friday at Jebel Ali, will then return to Ireland.

"Dubai has been a great experience and I also had a winner in Bahrain and I cannot thank everyone enough for the chances and experience,” he said. "Kaiss has been consistent in defeat before winning at Jebel Ali last time and followed up nicely tonight."

Racing opened with a 1600m maiden won in determined fashion by Ramonti Flash with James Doyle in the saddle for trainer Musabah Al Muhairi.

Winning owner, Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama said: "This horse ran really well first time but not so on his other two starts so it is nice to see him bounce back and have a winner here.

"We enjoyed another great season at Jebel Ali with both Treble Jig and Russian Rock. Hopefully Russian Rock will be in action on Dubai World Cup day and there is a race for Treble Jig at Jebel Ali on Friday."