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Art Prize At Jebel Ali

Art Wave wins again
Phot0: Erika Rasmussen (www.erikarphotography.com)

In-form Al Raihe saddles three winners

Art Wave trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, ridden by Fernando Jara led all the way to post a comfortable victory in the featured Derrinstown Stud Handicap (1400m) at Jebel Ali`s Friday afternoon meeting.

At halfway three of his four opponents with the exception of Shaamal Nibras, winner of the corresponding race last year, were all in trouble with the contest soon developing into a match.

With 500m to run, Pat Dobbs riding Shamaal Nibras looked fairly confident but Art Wave showing none of the wayward tendencies on display in the earlier part his career responded to Jara’s urgings.

The writing was on the wall not long after with Art Wave pulling away in the final 100m to win in style.

“I have won twice on him now and I thought he was my best chance of a winner today,” said Jara. “We scored nicely at the previous meeting but this was a better effort in a stronger race.

“He is clearly in very good heart at the moment and, maybe, there is more to come.

“I had to keep him up to his work in the final 200m but he has responded well and he ran on strongly for a good win.”

Elsewhere on the card, trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe was in great form saddling a treble.

The lead changed hands on at least three occasions in the final 300m of the opening 1600m handicap with Albayan ultimately coming out on top nailing Periphery who led briefly after swooping past Zalzilah who plugged on gamely for third.

Trained by Al Raihe, Albayan was recording only a second career success. His first was on turf in China in April 2014.

A very creditable second on his previous start, over 1400m at Meydan, he won authoritatively to the delight of his jockey.

“He ran very well the last day and deserved another win. The step up to 1600m has really suited him and he ran on strongly.

“Looking ahead I would think he will probably have one more run here before we go back to China with him.”

Jockey and trainer wasted no time completing a double with the ultimately comfortable victory of Beachy Head in the following 1400m handicap.

Placed twice at Meydan already this season Beachy Head was dropping in trip here on his first run at Jebel Ali.

Well away, he soon led though briefly looked in trouble just after halfway when headed by Resolute Response.

However that rival failed to live up to his name and O’Shea’s mount soon led again surging clear to win in style.

“We were quite confident,” said O’Shea. “It is the first time I have ridden him in a race and he has surprised me the way he won.
“He will probably be better over 1600m so maybe another handicap and then, perhaps, a crack at the Jebel Ali Mile could be on his agenda.”

Al Raihe completed his three-timer when Mushaakis ran out the smooth winner of a 1200m handicap, providing returning jockey Paul Hanagan with his first winner of the season.

Riding locally for the first time since Dubai World Cup night Hanagan led virtually all the way on Mushaakis who was having his fourth start of the season and registering a third consecutive victory.

“Mushaakis really seems to have turned a corner this season,” said Hanagan. “I was keen to get out in front on him and he just kept finding and responding when I asked him.

“He has now won at Jebel Ali over 1000m, 1200m and 1400m so is clearly versatile and seems to love it here.”

The services of the judge were required to resolve the outcome of the earlier 1200m handicap with the fast finishing Stalactite narrowly failing to snare Just A Penny in the dying strides.

With Pat Dobbs riding for trainer Doug Watson, Just A Penny led over 200m from home and the pair valiantly held on from Stalactite. The nose margin denied Al Muhairi from what could have been the middle leg of treble.

Watson’s charge, who had chased home stable companion Tadarrok in a 1400m Jebel Ali maiden on his previous start, lost his non-winner tag at the tenth attempt

“We were pretty hopeful,” said Watson. “The 1400m maiden next week was the original plan but this looked a winnable race so we came here. Hopefully he can be a nice little handicapper for the yard.
“He ran very well last time and has tried really hard on both occasions. When they hit the line I thought we had just held on and credit to the horse, he really stuck his neck out when it mattered.”

The concluding 1600m maiden saw the Ahmad bin Harmash-trained Tides Rise, ridden by Freddie Tylicki, open his winning account at the ninth attempt.