Monday, March 16, 2009

Classy filly crowned at Abu Dhabi

Sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, the penultimate meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi featured the third round of the Arabian Triple Crown, a Group 3 event over 2200m and, like Round 2, it was the Rod Simpson-trained pair of Jazeerat Alsadyaat and Elmalak Elwaheed who fought out the finish.

However, the filly Elmalak Elwaheed was to gain her revenge over the colt after her defeat last time with Richard Mullen driving her to lead well inside the final furlong from her stable companion who had steered an erratic path throughout the final two furlongs.

Simpson was delighted: “They are two nice young horses, hopefully with big futures. They will improve with age and time and that is another great result for the whole team.”

The trainer was to double up when Daragh O’Donohoe won the concluding 1600m Maiden, restricted to fillies and mares, on Le Gusta Bailar.

Also in double form were Eric Lemartinel and Tadhg O’Shea who won two 2200m maidens with Mazoof II and Rakeel, while the first race was also a maiden over the same trip and was won by William Buick on the Jaci Wickham-trained Al Sha’yet W’Rsan.

Ahmad Ajtebi has enjoyed a great season and won the sole Thoroughbred race, a 1300m handicap, on the Mubarak Bin Shafya-trained Stalking Shadow.

Settled in last, it was only turning for home that Ajtebi asked his mount to close – producing a sweeping run down the outside to win going away.

The jockey said: “We nearly won at Jebel Ali the other day and we were very hopeful coming into the race.”

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