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Sunday, January 25, 2009


Aqmaar claims feature at Abu Dhabi


Richard Hills may only have had three rides on Sunday evening’s Abu Dhabi card, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, but he won on two of them, including Aqmaar in the featured 1400m handicap.

The only race for Thoroughbreds, it produced the best finish of the night with Hill’s mount prevailing in a driving finish from Ans Bach, winner of the 2007 HH The President’s Cup over course and distance.


Hills said: “He has done that well enough and after a good couple of runs he deserved to get his head back in front.”

Owned by Hills’ main employer, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he is trained by Erwan Charpy who has won four of the five Abu Dhabi Thoroughbred races this season.

Hills and the owner promptly doubled up with the Gill Duffield-trainer Bustan who won the following 1500m handicap. As Meat Loaf once said ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’.

Richard Mullen produced Jaci Wickham’s Al Sha’Yet W’Rsan with a perfectly timed challenge to win the opening 1600m maiden.

Mullen said: “He has come on a lot for his first run of the season and Jaci (Wickham) thought he would go close. I had to take my time from an average draw but it worked out well in the end.”

Mullen wasted little time completing his double when partnering Muzoon De Faust to win the following 1600m maiden.

Always looking confident, Mullen’s mount, trained by Satish Seemar, was short of room 400m out but once in the clear she picked up nicely to win going away.

Mullen explained: “She is a nice filly and that was a good debut she made last time from a bad draw. She quickened nicely when I asked her.”

David Smith made virtually all in the 1400m conditions race on the Samir Hawaa-trained Bint Shagra who was losing her maiden tag at the third time of asking.

Smith explained: “She was dropping 200m in trip from her last start so I was hapy to use her stamina and she has done that well.”

The penultimate event, another 1600m handicap was won by David Badel on the Saifaldin Deeb-trained Hilal Al Eid who were repeating their victory of a fortnight ago – over 2200m.

Rod Simpson’s Jazeerat Alsadyaat under Daragh O’Donohoe won the concluding 2200m conditions race.


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