Bigg N Rich Puts Abu Dhabi in the Money at Meydan

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Abu Dhabi raider, Bigg N Rich landed the featured Mazrat Al Ruwayah Prep, the only Purebred Arabian race at Meydan’s third meeting of the season on Thursday evening.

Over the same 1600m all-weather course and distance as the Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah itself, Frenchman, Gerald Avranche traveled to Dubai from his Qatar base to ride the winner for compatriot, Eric Lemartinel.

Avranche always looked to be going well during the race and fended off competition from trainer, Majed al Jahouri’s powerful pair of Awam and Laama.

“That was impressive and a great way to start this important weekend with the National Day meeting upcoming on Sunday,” said Avranche.
"I was always happy and he picked up nicely when I asked him.”

It was not the only victory on the card for a French trainer, with Julio Peromingo opening both his Meydan and UAE Thoroughbred accounts courtesy of Alnashmy in a 1400m handicap.

He led close home under Pat Cosgrave. "This is a nice horse," said the trainer. "He has not always been the easiest to train but the ability is there and it is great to win a valuable prize here at Meydan.

"We will look for a Dubai World Cup Carnival race hopefully.”

Satish Seemar saddled four winners at Jebel Ali last Friday and was back in the winner`s enclosure after the hard-fought debut victory of Puzzlemaker in the 1600m maiden.

Mullen said: "That was a nice surprise as we really thought he would need that as he big and raw. He has shown a great attitude though and should build on this."

The pair doubled up with Genius Step, who prevailed in a thrilling finish in the 1200m handicap, denying Innocuous in a desperately close photograph.

Mullen said: "We really fancied him last time when he ran well but we decided to ride him more patiently today. He quickened to lead and has then dug very deep to hold on grimly."

That was a close finish, as was the following 1400m handicap with Adrie de Vries producing Ormindo to lead close home, losing his maiden tag in the process and supplying trainer, Ahmed bin Harmash his first winner with only his second ever runner.

De Vries said: "He has not had many runs this horse and that was a good run against much more experienced rivals. We tried new tactics here and they worked well."

Wayne Smith, just touched off on Innocuous in the 1200m handicap and Comicality in the 1400m handicap, gained some compensation on Interpret in the concluding 1900m handicap.

Never far off the pace, Smith sent his mount, trained by his main employer Musabah Al Muhairi, for home early in the straight in what was to prove a race winning move.

A relieved jockey said: “I arrived with plenty of good chances so it is great to get one on the board after a couple of close shaves. If Interpret learns to relax he has plenty of ability and could be a very good horse.

“Comicality will improve with more experience as that was only his second career start and Innocuous could not have gone closer without dead-heating.

“The yard remain in good form at least which is always good.”