Monday, November 24, 2008

Abu Alemarat the star at Abu Dhabi

Last season’s Abu Dhabi Triple Crown winner Abu Alemarat made a winning return to action on Sunday evening when landing the featured 2200m conditions race at the Capital’s third meeting of the season.

Now trained by Englishman Rod Simpson, the four-year-old, who carries the colours of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was sent to the front at the two furlong pole by Daragh O’Donohoe and never looked likely to be caught.

Given the quality of opposition behind him, to whom he was conceding weight, it was a massive performance and Simpson was over the moon: “That really was a great performance because I thought he was badly in need of a race.

“The President’s Cup will be top of his agenda now and he looks an exciting prospect.

“I am so grateful to His Highness and everyone involved at Al Asayl for this opportunity.”

Elsewhere on the card there was a double for French pair Eric Lemartinel and Gerald Avranche who combined with Remal to win a 2200m handicap and Alama the 1600m maiden.

Jockey Avranche, based in Bahrain, said: “I like Abu Dhabi as it has always been lucky for me.”

The blue and white silks of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum were carried to victory by Muntaliq in the other 2200m conditions race with trainer Gill Duffield and jockey Ted Durcan combining to land the spoils.

Tony Manuel saddled his first winner of the season when stable jockey Adrian Nicholls, also opening his seasonal tally, landed the concluding 2200m maiden with Dorfol De Brugere, while CS Patriarch doubled trainer Nizamuddin Fakhruddin’s UAE tally.

A first winner for the handler last week, the horse followed up in the 1600m handicap with Chris Taylor in the saddle on both occasions.

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