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Flawless Dobbs Steers Jutland to Battling Jebel Ali Stakes Victory

Photo: Erika Rasmussen (www.erikarphotography.com)

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The Listed Jebel Ali Stakes was the highlight at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon and the 1950m feature provided a battle royale between Jutland, who tried to make all and Mawhub.

Trained by Doug Watson and ridden by stable jockey, Pat Dobbs, Jutland, second in the same race two years ago, had intentionally been freshened up since winning his only previous start this season late in November, over the same course and distance.

Meanwhile, the Satish Seemar-trained Mawhub was having his third run of the season and arrived here on the back of two course wins over 1800m. If this race had been over that trip, he and Richard Mullen may well have prevailed because they definitely led 200m from home, but Jutland was not to be denied.

Under an immaculate ride from Dobbs, Jutland led again close home to give Watson a second win in the race having landed the 2003 renewal with Dubai Honor.

The front two were chased home by the fast finishing Silver Galaxy, like Mawhub, seeking a third straight course victory.

“We made a conscious decision to give him a nice break between races,” explained Watson. “He is so tough and battles so hard he takes a lot out of himself so we wanted to come here fresh.

“Pat has given him a great ride and it has been a great team effort. We will have to look back towards Meydan and the Dubai World Cup Carnival now – hopefully ending in the Dubai Gold Cup on World Cup night.”

The main support race, the Jebel Ali Mile Prep over the same 1600m as the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile in two weeks time, produced something of a surprise with rank outsider, Jayed Jidan proving too good for his four opponents.

In doing so he provided Spanish jockey, Oscar Urbina, a first winner in the UAE and trainer, Rashed Bourely, his first local success since February 2012.

“He ran very well on his first start for us,” said Urbina. “The yard have some nice new horses, including this one and hopefully we can get a few more winners.”

The Musabah Al Muhairi and Silvestre De Sousa combination have been providing winners on a regular basis and hit the score sheet with Art Wave in a 1400m handicap. It looked like being a smooth success until the horse, who managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on his penultimate start, started to look all around him in the final 200m.

“He is a bit tricky and once we went to the front he wandered about a bit and had a bit of think,” said De Sousa. “It is nice to get his head back in front and hopefully this will help him concentrate. ”

A second 1400m handicap, 30 minutes later, was turned into something of a procession by Mushaakis, ridden by Royston Ffrench for his main employer, trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe.
The pair were never far off the pace before quickening clear 400m from home.

“He did that well,” said Ffrench. “It looked a very competitive heat on paper but everything went right for him today.”

The meeting opened with a 1600m conditions contest, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card and Richard Mullen produced the Jaber Bittar-trained Dig Dagon to lead close home.

It was a second career win and first on dirt for Bittar’s charge, ridden patiently by Mullen before being asked for his challenge 500m from home.

His mount responded well, hitting the front well inside the final 100m.

“He has been running well on the whole,” said Mullen. “I was always pretty happy as they went a decent gallop and my fellow picked up nicely when I asked him.”

The meeting finished with a good quality 1200m conditions race in which Satish Seemar saddled a 1-2 – with stable jockey, Mullen aboard Al Razi just prevailing from stable companion, Spin Cycle, and apprentice Marc Monaghan.

The jockey was completing a first and last race double in the process.