Friday, December 05, 2008

Mandobi the star on an afternoon of doubles

Jebel Ali’s bumper seven race card on Friday afternoon was highlighted by a quality 1600m conditions race in which Mandobi, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam, posted an impressive victory.

Sporting the famous yellow silks of Selvaratnam’s main patron, Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the seven-year-old was produced with a perfectly-timed challenge by William Buick to land the spoils.

Buick explained: “He is a talented horse with a lot of ability; he actually won at Royal Ascot a few years ago and hopefully can be a serious Carnival horse this season.”

Owner, trainer and jockey completed a double when Alo Pura comfortably landed the concluding 1200m handicap.

Jockey Wayne Smith was also in double form and made the perfect start to the afternoon when Hilal Al Eid, trained by Saifaldin Deeb, landed the opening 1200m Purebred Arabian maiden.

He completed his brace with the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Change Alley who ran out the facile winner of the 1400m maiden and Smith said: “Change Alley was fully entitled to win easily and has done everything I asked.

“The other one (Hilal Al Eid) has had to work harder but has shown a determined attitude and would probably stay further.”

Fernando Jara was the third jockey to partner a double with the second leg achieved on his main employer Doug Watson’s Jackson in the 1950m handicap.

That was half an hour after he steered the Adi Selvaratnam-trained Secret Place to victory in the 1000m handicap.

David Badel was in the saddle on Aqmaar for trainer Erwan Charpy who won the 1400m handicap.

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