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Monday, January 10, 2011


Al Muhairi nabs first round of Arabian Triple Crown


The Listed Arabian Triple Crown Round I was the feature at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening and Tadhg O'Shea was in the saddle on Musabah Al Muhairi’s Tenor Des Vialettes who made virtually every yard of the running. It was only his second career start and he was able to reverse form with both Aqmaar and Frynchman who finished in front of him on that occasion.

O'Shea was delighted: "He learned an awful lot from that first run and has come on a lot from it. Hopefully he can improve again."


It was a double for the trainer who had earlier won the prep race for HH The President's Cup, over 2200m, which produced a thrilling finish with Wayne Smith and Vite Royale landing the spoils in a photo. Jumped out in front by Smith, Vite Royale, was never headed and had to battle to hold his advantage all the way to the line.

Smith said: "We tried different tactics with him today and he has enjoyed it out in front."

Smith was then denied a quick double when his mount Ghazal Al-Dhaid was headed close home by Harry Bentley on Magroom in the 1600m maiden. Trained by Bakhit Al Ketbi, the winner was having only his second career start and Bentley said: "That was a big improvement from his first run and he stuck his head out gamely where it mattered."

Gill Duffield trains Af Alghabra who won her sixth race in succession when prevailing in a dramatic finish to the 1600m handicap. With three in a line 50m out, the gutsy mare struck her head out bravely under Willie Supple to win for the second time this season.

She won on her seasonal return at Meydan and is also a winner at Jebel Ali and Supple was full of praise: "She really is a brave mare and just did not want to be beaten. All credit to her because she has really had to dig deep and she is a credit to all involved."

The opening 1600m conditions was won by the Jaber Bittar-trained RS Khaan under Chris Taylor who always had his mount close to the pace and kicked him clear in the final 200m. Taylor said: "He has done that nicely in what was a decent little contest."

Racing concluded with the only Thoroughbred race on the card, a 1400m handicap, which was won by the Satish Seemar-trained Montmorency who made every yard of the running under Richard Mullen after a fast start from a good draw. A winner at Meydan and Sharjah on his previous two outings, he was winning at Abu Dhabi for a second time and should be seen at the upcoming 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Mullen said: "That was a good effort as we went pretty fast. He stays well though and, like so many of our horses, is in great form at the moment. Long may it continue."


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