Monday, March 15, 2010

Kerbelle Lotoise steals final round Arabian Triple Crown jewels

The Oman Royal Cavalry have enjoyed plenty of success in Abu Dhabi in recent times and Kerbelle Lotoise became their latest big race winner when landing Sunday's Group 3 concluding third round of the Arabian Triple Crown.

Saddled by Frenchman Philippe Barbe and ridden by his compatriot David Badel, the filly was bouncing back to form after a disappointing local debut a fortnight previously behind stable companion Al Charif.

The 2200m trip proved ideal and Barbe said: "She was a bit disappointing last time but we knew she was better than that and she has bounced right back tonight. Her European form was good and we were hoping for a big run."‬‬‪‪

The only Thoroughbred race on the card, a 1400m maiden, was won by Ali Rashid Al Raihe's regally-bred Ramadi who was winning at the fourth time of asking.

He was ridden by Tadhg O'Shea who said: "That was a nice performance and he should be able to build on that."‬‬‪‪

O'Shea was completing a double having earlier won the 1600m maiden on Af Raad, trained by Mahmood Hussain.‬‬‪‪

Jockey Wayne Smith was also in double form and won the 2200m handicap on Bareq for his main employer Musabah Al Muhairi, having earlier won the 1400m handicap on Bakhit Al Ketbi's Grp Baghdad.‬‬‪‪

Smith said: "It has been a good season and I do seem to have done particularly well here at Abu Dhabi. Bareq deserved a win after some great runs in defeat and Grp Baghdad has been in good form."‬‬‪‪

Pat Dobbs and Tony Manuel combined to win the 1600m handicap with Mh Wafi. ‬

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