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Interpret Claims Jebel Ali Stakes Prep

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Oasis Stables Duo De Sousa and Al Muhairi Combine For a Treble

Trainer Musabah Al Muhairi and stable jockey, Silvestre De Sousa, were the pair to follow at Jebel Ali’s final meeting of the 2104 season on Friday afternoon.

The Oasis Stable team combined for a treble but also both landed one additional win for four victories apiece during the afternoon. Their treble was instigated by Interpret who registered a smooth success in the fixture’s official highlight, the 1800m Jebel Ali Stakes Prep.

Winner of last year’s Listed Jebel Ali Stakes, over 1950m, Interpret was penalised for that victory but bounced back from a disappointing end to last season and a lacklustre return this campaign at Meydan last week.

Reluctant to load, as always, he was ridden positively by De Sousa. The pair tracked the early pace, dictated by Jalaa, before hitting the front fully 500m from home. They were soon clear to register a decisive victory.

“He needed his comeback run last week,” said De Sousa. “I was hoping for a much improved display today and he has certainly delivered. Hopefully he can defend his crown in the Jebel Ali Stakes itself.”

The pair also combined to land the main support race, this time with the ultra impressive Muarrab who won the 1200m conditions race for the second year running.

Winner of all three outings last season, Muarrab had not been seen since his victory in this 12months ago.

“He is a very nice sprinter,” said De Sousa. “He had a setback after his win in this last year but had been working well and we were very hopeful.

“The Jebel Ali Sprint is an obvious option and hopefully we can find something for him at the Dubai World Cup Carnival.”

Those two victories were achieved either side of a facile victory for Silver Galaxy who turned the 1800m handicap into a procession. A 1600m Jebel Ali maiden winner on his previous start, the horse has now won on half of his four career outings.
De Sousa had begun quartet in the opening 1400m conditions race, partnering Dere’A Al Jazeera to victory for Saifaldin Deeb. He too was an easy winner.

Meanwhile, Al Muhairi’s fourth success was achieved when Daar Rashid, the mount of apprentice George Buckell, buckled down gamely to score in the concluding1200m handicap.

The pair looked in trouble when headed 200m from the line but Buckell’s mount responded gamely to lead again close home.

The 1400m maiden also produced a comfortable victory with Pat Dobbs always oozing confidence on Okimono, having only his second career start. Runner-up on his one outing in England, in September 2011, he was having his first start since and looks a nice prospect.

“He had been working well and we were very hopeful,” said winning trainer, Doug Watson. “He has had a few problems but is a horse we have always liked.

“We could not be more pleased with him today and will try and find another race for him.

“Obviously it will depend on what the handicapper does with him.”