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Monday, January 23, 2012


Double for Al Ketbi in Abu Dhabi


Trainer Mohamed Al Ketbi was the man in form at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening when saddling a double, including Mudallal Al Reef who won the featured 1600m handicap under Jesus Rosales.

It was third win from eight career starts for the six-year-old and Rosales said: "It looked a hot race so we have to be delighted with the outcome. The trainer has some nice horses and it is nice to ride him a winner."


Al Ketbi initiated his double in the opening 1200m maiden which was won by stable companion Bango, having only his second career start and the four-year-old won nicely under Ted Durcan from stable companion Dig Dagon.

Durcan said: "He is a nice young horse and that was only his second start. He has clearly improved a lot from the first one and showed a nice turn of foot when I asked him. Hopefully he can build on that."

The Ernst Oertel-trained Marjan Al Asayl then made nearly all the running in the 1200m handicap under 2011 Dubai World Cup winning jockey Mirco Demuro who said: "We had a good low draw and once he broke well I was happy to go to the front on him. The Oertel yard have some very nice horses and it is great to be associated with such a powerful team."

Trainer and jockey were then thwarted a quick double when their Noor Einy was denied close home in a 1400m handicap by Kareem W'Rsan who was produced with a telling late challenge by Richard Mullen.

It was a second win of the campaign for Jaci Wickham's horse and Mullen said: "He was a horse we thought a lot of but missed a year through injury before winning at Jebel Ali when Jaci had the 1-2-3. He ran well enough in a conditions race here last time and has run on strongly to win this evening. It was only his fifth start and it would be nice to think he can improve again."

Rabah De Carrere has taken a massive drop in class on this and his last start to contest conditions races, and took full advantage this time to win the 2200m event for trainer Gill Duffield with Tadhg O'Shea in the saddle.

O'Shea said: "He has a lot of ability this horse but it was a long time since he had won having contested some very good races and Gill found a good race for him to get his head back in front. Hopefully that will do his confidence the power of good and I am sure Gill be trying to find another good opportunity for him."

Taiseer looks a nice prospect after his winning debut in the 1600m maiden. He is trained by Julio Peromingo and was ridden by Wayne Smith who was impressed and said: "I thought we were flat out at halfway and going to really struggle but Julio said he was a nice horse and has been proved right. He really picked up well in the straight and was stopping at the line to look at the winning post."

The only Thoroughbred race on the card was the concluding 1200m handicap and Pat Dobbs drove Cinderkamp to a narrow victory for trainer Doug Watson. Having his second UAE start, the four-year-old led close home under Dobbs who said: "He ran on well to get there close home and is a nice new young horse in the yard."


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