Monday, February 01, 2010
Royal shows his Class
Gill Duffield saddled the first ever winner at Meydan with No Risk Al Maury and her string remain in good form as illustrated by Royal Class who landed the 1600m handicap.
Given a patient ride by Tadhg O'Shea, who clearly did not want to hit the front too soon, Royal Class collared perennial bridesmaid close home to the delight of his jockey who said: "He is a nice horse and can hopefully build on this. His best form is very good but he is just a bit tricky."
The other 1600m maiden went the way of No Limit Del Ma, trained by Rod Simpson and given a very confident ride by Daragh O'Donohoe who said: "He made a pleasing debut and learned from that. He was still 'babyish' tonight so can improve with luck."
Wayne Smith is enjoying a good season at Abu Dhabi and was again on the mark with Af Asasi in the 1400m handicap.
Trained by Bakhit Al Ketbi, the six-year-old has now on two of his last three starts and Smith said: "He has done that nicely under a big weight. He is tough and rarely runs a bad race."
Eric Lemartinel and Gerald Avranche rarely leave Abu Dhabi empty handed and combined with Albar Lotois to win the 2200m handicap, while the only Thoroughbred race on the card was over the same distance.
Antioco Murgia, who replaced the injured Ahmed Ajtebi, made every yard of the running on Kerashan, trained by the season's leading trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe.
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