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Silver Galaxy Out of this World in Jebel Ali Conditions Race

Photo: Erika Rasmussen (www.erikarphotography.com)

Friday`s Jebel Ali card was sponsored by Emirates and Silver Galaxy produced a workmanlike performance when cruising to victory in the featured 1950m conditions race.

Third in the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes, over the same course and distance on his previous outing, four weeks earlier, the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Silver Galaxy was denied the opportunity to win the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile a fortnight ago when the race was postponed.

Unraced before late November last year, and out of luck on his first two starts, Al Muhairi’s charge is very progressive.

Silvestre De Sousa has ridden him on all six career starts and said: “He has done nothing but improve from race to race. He has had little racing and still seems to be going the right way.

“This was a great race for him after the Jebel Ali Mile was rearranged and I assume that will now be his next start in two weeks.

“He did that very nicely this afternoon and, hopefully, he has a lot more to offer.”

Though the rearranged Jebel Ali Mile, will likely be his next outing, De Sousa did say: “I would really like to try him on turf at Meydan during the Dubai World Cup Carnival but that is obviously up to the trainer.

“He is exciting – a young horse, going the right way – with low mileage.”

Elsewhere on the card, Dhruba Selvaratnam, who trains on the track for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was in double form. They, and stable jockey Oisin Murphy, combined to win the opening 1600m handicap with the aptly-named Canwinn.

“He has been around a long time now and this fellow had dropped to a good handicap mark”, said Murphy. “He does not win that often, but never runs a bad race, and has plenty of ability. He really deserved to get his head back in front."

Trainer and jockey completed their double with Gobooll who was the easy winner of a 1400m handicap in which he was third last year.

“Everything fell right for him this time,” said Murphy. “If you look at his form he has run some great races in defeat and today was his day.”

Selvartanam and Murphy were denied a treble in the concluding 1200m handicap when their Morawij, who hit the front briefly 200m from home, was unable to resist the renewed challenge of Sixty Minutes.

Ridden by Oscar Urbina for Al Muhairi, who was completing a double, the winner led most of the way before being headed for a few strides by the eventual runner-up.

Urbina’s mount fought back determinedly though to lead where it mattered.

That was a third winner on the card for Al Muhairi who also saddled Absolute Sway, a second winner for De Sousa, to land a 1600m maiden.

The other race on the card, an 1800m handicap, went to Mutual Force, ridden by apprentice, Saeed Al Mazrouei for trainer, Ali Rashid Al Raihe.