Monday, March 23, 2009

Emirates Championship won in Remarkable style

Sunday’s final meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, was highlighted by the Group 1 Emirates Championship over 2200m.

It was won by the Erwan Charpy-trained Remarkable Man, opening his UAE account in the process, under Richard Hills, the retained jockey for the horse’s owner, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

He denied the same owner’s Nesnaas in a driving finish to the delight of Charpy who said: “We are getting to know this horse as he has not been here all that long; this was his fourth start for us and these conditions clearly suit.”

Hills added: “That was a good performance and I ended up left in front earlier than was probably ideal. It is a nice way to finish the season here and a great boost before Dubai World Cup night.”

The Listed Abu Dhabi Championship, over the same 2200m trip, was won by the Mike De Kock-trained Mr Brock who became the first international winner of the race.

Given an ultra confident ride by Kevin Shea, he hit the front about 200m out and won nicely. Assistant trainer Trevor Brown said: “He is a nice horse who was here a bit late and therefore rushed before the carnival. He has done that well though and Kevin gave him a great ride.”

Shea added: “That is my first ride here and it seems a nice little course. Everything went right tonight and he has done it well.”

Richard Mullen and Wayne Smith both rode doubles with Smith landing the opening 1600m maiden on Saifaldin Deeb’s Balerina, who ran on too strongly for stable companion Hayz.

The pair then combined with Chessman who won the track’s final race of the season, a 2200m handicap.

Mullen initiated his double on the Rod Simpson-trained Le Gusta Bailar who won a 1400m handicap before Muzoon De Faust led on the line under the Englishman to land the 2200m conditions race.

Lisa Jones was in the saddle on Quelian Du Croate who won the 1200m handicap for Dhruba Selvaratnam.

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