Friday, December 19, 2008

Arqaam spearheads Watson double

Arqaam won the featured 2400m handicap at Nad Al Sheba’s seventh meeting of the season, kindly sponsored by Al Nasr Leisureland, on Thursday evening.

Trained by Champion Trainer Doug Watson, he was partnered by Richard Hills, retained jockey to the horse’s owner His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and was produced to lead in the dying strides to deny Hawks Home.

Watson said: “We will put him away for the Carnival now and that is a real credit to the whole team as he has had his problems, especially with the starting stalls, but we have all worked hard and that is just reward.”

Watson completed a double in the concluding 1400m Al Nasr Leisureland 14 handicap when Ragad made virtually all under Fernando Jara.

The high quality 1600m Al Nasr Leisureland Mile provided the perfect opportunity for the Erwan Charpy-trained Golden Arrow to open his UAE account in the hands of Tadhg O’Shea.

Five-years-old, the son of Danehill was third in Maktoum Challenge I in 2007 and second in last season’s Jebel Ali Mile and deserved a change of luck.

He will be back at Nad Al Sheba on the first night of the Carnival according to Charpy: “The Maktoum Challenge is the obvious race for him and hopefully he is coming back to his very best.”

Ali Rashid Al Raihe has his string in fine form and Amoking ran out the cosy winner of the Al Nasr Leisureland Trophy, the opening 1400m Purebred Arabian handicap in the hands of stable jockey Royston Ffrench who said: “I gave him a reminder at halfway and he has run on really strongly in the last two furlongs.”

South African Mike De Kock trained his first winner of the new campaign when Tayyab comfortably landed the 1600m novice stakes in the hands of Keagan Latham who said: “He has won well and could be a decent little horse in his own grade.”

The 2000m Al Nasr Leisureland 2K handicap was won easily by the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Dig Gold who relished a step up in trip having run over 1500m on the previous occasion. William Buick was in the saddle and said: “That was a pleasing performance and he will hopefully improve again.”

Pick Six & Tri-Cast Results – Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, December 18, 2008

Tri-Cast for Races
Early Tricast – AED5,000 to one winner
Middle Tricast – no winners
Late Tricast – no winners

Pick Six Winners
5x6 = AED7,020 to four winners
4x6 = AED500 to 12 winners
3x6 = AED500 to eight winners

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