Monday, February 16, 2009


Trainer Hawaa claims UAE Arabian Derby


Sunday’s eleventh meeting of the season at Abu Dhabi, kindly sponsored by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, featured both the UAE Arabian Derby and the Emirates Fillies’ Classic.

Over 2200m, the UAE Arabian Derby was contested by a field of nine after three withdrawals and it was Ibn Abeya, trained by Samir Hawaa, who landed the spoils in good style.


Racing off the pace, he was asked to close by Robbie Burke turning for home and the pair ran on strongly to deny Jazeerat Alsadyaat, representing Rod Simpson.

Gill Duffield’s Royal Class was third.

Burke was delighted: “He is a nice colt and this step up in trip was always going to suit him. He win well last time but this was probably as good an effort as the second and third are decent.”

Simpson and O’Donohoe may have been out of luck in this but gained some compensation with the facile victory of Men Abu Dhabi in the Emirates Fillies’ Classic.

A 1600m contest, it attracted a maximum field of 16 but only one runner mattered with O’Donohoe jumping out in front on Men Abu Dhabi and they never saw another rival.

Ten lengths clear turning for home, they actually extended that margin in the straight and O’Donohoe said: “She is a lovely filly and we were always travelling strongly but I could not believe it when I looked round – we were so far clear.

“It is certainly a good performance and Rod (Simpson) has done really well this season.”

Simpson was completing a double having won the opening 1400m maiden with Kelmat Alser who was losing his maiden tag at the fourth attempt.

Sophie Doyle was in the saddle and Simpson said: “We have been having a good season and have some nice young horses, as well as the likes of Fryvolous.”

Simpson’s Aneef then chased home the Mohd Ramadan-trained King and Keagan Latham in a second 1400m maiden, before Tadhg O’Shea and Fakhruddin Nizamuddin combined with Sharudy in a 1400m handicap.

Wayne Smith and Musabah Al Muhairi won the 2200m handicap with Jaxy King before the concluding 1600m handicap, the one race for Thoroughbreds, was won by Dhruba Selvaratnam’s Jaasoos with William Buick in the saddle.


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