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New Year`s Eve Meet Reaps Rewards for Musabah Al Muhairi & Birthday Boy, De Sousa

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Oasis Stables Team Claims Winning Double While Doug Watson Lands Eighth and Ninth Meydan Winners of Season

Musabah Al Muhairi and stable jockey, Silvestre De Sousa, continued their recent great form into the New Year with the AED140,000 feature-race victory of Atlantic Brave over 1400m and the earlier win of Daar Zayed.

On an evening of racing which featured the closing #DXBNYE Pharrell Williams concert, Atlantic Brave claimed his first victory since November 2012.

De Sousa, who was celebrating his birthday on the evening, was happy to take his time in a race that several were keen to lead and it was not until early in the straight that he really asked for an effort. The pair finished strongly down the outside, leading about 100m from home.

They then had to see off the late challenges of both Bannock and Yaa Wayl.

“This horse is a real favourite in the yard,” said De Sousa. “We were actually quite hopeful coming into this race as he had been working well. It is nice he has managed to get his head back in front.

“We could go back to Jebel Ali with him or try and find another race for him here.”

Trainer and jockey were completing a course and distance double having earlier combined to win with Daar Zayed who made virtually every yard of the running in a 1400m handicap.

One of only two fillies in the race, she was forced to battle hard to deny stable companion, Mooqtar.

“The horses are running really well,” said De Sousa. “She was perhaps a little keen early on but, once she settled, I was always happy. When the other horse came to challenge she responded well.”

South African Mike De Kock wasted no time opening his account for the season saddling Mubtaahij, his first runner of the season, to win the opening 1600m maiden.

One of two juveniles among the 13 runners, he was ridden by Dane O’Neill and, having been slowly into stride, was soon stalking the pace.

O’Neill asked for an effort 400m from home and they led within the final 200m to win going away.

“He is a nice horse,” said De Kock. “It is never easy for a two-year-old against their elders and we have to be very pleased with him.”

It was a 150th UAE winner for De Kock.

The Doug Watson-trained Muaanid, under Sam Hitchcott, was the impressive winner of a 1200m handicap, doubling his career tally in the process and making a winning return to action having been off since February.

That was his only previous start in the UAE.

“He is a nice sprinter,” said Hitchcott. “He has not been the easiest to trainer and has had a few problems but Doug and the team have done well with him and been very patient.

“It would be nice to think he could be a Dubai World Cup Carnival horse.”

The meeting concluded with a 2200m handicap and Watson completed a rapid double with stable jockey, Pat Dobbs, and Diwaan registering a hard-fought success from Cry Joy.

It was a third consecutive win for the horse after two Sharjah victories.

Satish Seemar and Richard Mullen have been in good form all season and combined with Filfil to record a smooth victory in a 1600m handicap. A winner over the same course and distance at the beginning of the month, when ridden by Tadhg O’Shea, he repeated the trick to the delight of Mullen.

“This horse needs to be held up,” said Mullen. “The good gallop has really helped him and he is one of those horses who likes to be in traffic and does not mind the kickback.

“It has been a good start to our season and the yard continue in good form.”