Home Team in Double Form at Final Jebel Ali Meet of Season

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Dormello and Roicead in the Money for Selvaratnam

Jebel Ali’s final meeting of the season on Friday afternoon was a productive one for ‘home trainer’ Dhruba Selvaratnam who won the featured 1800m conditions race with Dormello, as well as the concluding 1200m handicap with Roicead. Both were ridden by stable jockey, James Doyle, and winning on dirt for the first time.

Selvaratnam trains on the track for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and they combined with Dormello who surged clear in the official highlight.

Doyle was content to take his time throughout the first half of the race before closing on the leaders early in the straight. They hit the front 600m out and out won easily.

Doyle said: “He has run some good races in defeat this season, especially when fourth in the Abu Dhabi Championship on Sunday and we had hoped to win at the Dubai World Cup Carnival with him.

“He also works well on the dirt here but this is the first time he really showed that kind of form in a race.”

The 1200m handicap was the final race of the Jebel Ali season and trainer and jockey doubled up with Roicead who was far too good for 11 rivals, headed by Kilt Rock.

Never far off the pace, Roicead shot clear 400m out and they were never going to be caught.

Doyle said: “He has been running well all season with a win earlier this year at Meydan the highlight. He deserved another victory and, like Dormello, has now proved himself on the dirt.”

Kilt Rock’s jockey, Pat Dobbs may have been out of luck in the finale but he too was in double form, riding two winners for Musabah Al Muhairi and owner Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama.

The brace was initiated by Canary Wharf who made virtually every yard of the running in the opening 1600m handicap, fighting off several challengers to land a brave victory.

Dobbs said: “He did not want to get beaten and just kept battling. It was a very game performance.”
Connections later combined to win a 1400m maiden with Bismark, a half-brother to stable star and dual Jebel Ali Sprint winner Russian Rock (who was only seventh in the race won by Roicead). Having his third UAE start, Bismark won a weak-looking contest comfortably.

Dobbs said: “It was probably not a great race but he won well.”

In doing so Dobbs, looking forward to five rides on Dubai World Cup night, clinched the seasonal Jebel Ali jockeys’ title, along with Al Muhairi romping away with the trainers’ version.

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was by far the most successful owner and Selvaratnam’s Jebel Ali Mile winner, Forjatt, was the Jebel Ali Horse Of The Year.

The Ahmad bin Harmash-trained Zurbriggen looks a horse with a big future after an impressive win in a 1400m conditions race, given a supremely confident ride by stable jockey, Adrie De Vries.

The Dutch jockey said: “He is a horse we have always liked and we should have won at Abu Dhabi last time when we just could not get a run. He is young, improving and a horse to really look forward to next season.”

Richard Mullen, riding for his main employer, Satish Seemar, landed the other race, a 1950m handicap, on Toolain, described by his trainer as ‘a real character.’

This was the penultimate fixture of the UAE season with only next Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting to follow.