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Monday, December 29, 2008


Simpson saddles 1-2-3 in feature


Englishman Rod Simpson dominated the Abu Dhabi Three-Year-Old Championship, the feature race on Sunday evening at a meeting sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

He saddled a remarkable 1-2-3 in the Listed 1600m feature with Sophie Doyle on Elmalak Elwaheed denying Daragh O’Donohoe on Men Abu Dhabi in the dying strides, with Robbie Burke’s mount, debutant Jazeerat Alsadyaat running on to take third.


An overwhelmed Simpson said: “I knew we had a good chance but never expected to achieve that. It is a great result for everyone involved at Al Asayl.”

Simpson and Doyle then doubled up with Time Out in the concluding 1600m handicap. It was a first double for the young jockey.

The Abu Dhabi Colts’ Classic, a 1600m Prestige race for three-year-old colts and geldings bred in the UAE, was won in fine style by Ibn Abeya, trained by Samir Hawaa.

Robbie Burke was in the saddle and said: “He needed his debut effort at the first meeting and has come on a lot for that. He was still green and hopefully he has more to offer.”

Jaci Wickham saddled a 1-3 in the 2200m conditions race with Richard Mullen aboard winner Dhuha W’Rsan who prevailed in a close finish.

Mullen explained: “We were outpaced briefly but she ran on strongly in the final furlong.”

William Buick picked up a spare winning ride in the opening 1600m maiden which he won on Michael Kettle’s Celtic Pearl who was originally first reserve.

The four-year-old filly showed a determined attitude having hit the front at halfway and Buick said: “She was brave and has fought well in when the challengers appeared in the final two furlongs.”

The following 2200m handicap was also won by the first reserve with Wayne Smith performing the steering on GRP Baghdad, trained by Bakhit Al Ketbi.

Smith committed his mount for home turning for home and he explained: “We had bottom weight and I was happy he would stay so it seemed the right thing to do. Luckily it worked.”


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