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Seemar Sees Winner`s Circle Four Times at Jebel Ali

Photo: Cedric Lane (UAEracingpics@gmail.com)

Russian Rock Wins on Seasonal Debut at Dirt Track

Satish Seemar dominated at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon, saddling four of the six winners, including the impressive Farrier who won the featured 1950m Conditions race under stable jockey, Richard Mullen, himself in treble form.

However, the best reception of the afternoon was saved for course specialist, Russian Rock, winner of a Conditions race over the same 1000m as the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint he has won in each of the last two seasons.

He was recording a seventh Jebel Ali victory and sixth over this minimum trip. Owned by Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama, he is trained by Musabah Al Muhairi and, as for all his UAE victories (including one at Meydan), partnered by Wayne Smith.

Smith almost seemed a bit surprised.

“We thought he would need that run to be honest,” he said. “At halfway I knew I was in with a big chance as Kilt Rock looked in trouble and my fellow took me to the front easily.

“He runs all the way to the line up that hill but, first time out and giving weight away, I was a bit concerned but he just kept going. The Jebel Ali Sprint has to be the main target but he showed last season the Meydan turf track suits him, and he has won on the all-weather there.

“Hopefully this is the start of a good season for him.”
Al Muhairi was actually completing a double, having saddled Funon, a winner over 1800m on this card last year, to break the track record in the opening 1400m handicap.

Dane O’Neill was in the saddle for his main employer HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who sponsored three of the six races through his Shadwell breeding empire.

O’Neill said: “He was carrying 60kgs there so that was a big effort. They went quick early on and Dohasa looked to have stolen it but we just managed to collar him.”

Seemar’s quartet was highlighted by Farrier in a Shadwell-sponsored Conditions race over the same 1950m as the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes, an obvious target for him after this performance.

“He is a horse we have always liked,” explained Seemar. “We identified this race for him as a good starting point and we have to be delighted with that which was a good win from some decent rivals.”

Trainer and jockey were back in the winner’s enclosure just 30 minutes later when Moonlight Dash collared stable companion Royal Revival in a 1600m handicap.

The pair were not represented in the race won by Russian Rock but combined again in the concluding 1200m handicap with Calculated, making a winning local debut in the concluding 1200m maiden.

Raced once in the UK, he won easily here and Mullen said: “Coming racing today I actually thought we had good chances and it is great when it works out as we hope!

“That was probably a poor maiden but Calculated did it nicely and can only improve, while Farrier we have always liked and, with no Treble Jig this season, the Jebel Ali Stakes is hopefully his race.

“Moonlight Dash deserved that as he has been very consistent and run some good runs in defeat.”

Seemar’s quartet was initiated by Gold Pearl, ridden by Marc Monaghan to win the second 1400m handicap, repeating their victory in a similar race on the card 12 months ago.