The race, named after His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s 2007 Dubai World Cup winner Invasor, Green Coast was ridden to a convincing victory by Fernando Jara – who was in the saddle when Invasor won the Dubai World Cup.
“Fernando (Jara) has done everything right and hopefully the horse can win again at the Carnival – like he did last season.”
The concluding event, an equally valuable 1100m Shadwell Farm Daaher Handicap, saw the Satish Seemar-trained Terrific Challenge land the spoils and return to something like the form he showed when winning the 2007 Mahab Al Shimaal on his UAE debut – when trained by Watson.
Champion Jockey Ted Durcan was in the saddle and said: “He has run on well and shown a good turn of foot. He was tiring at the end but battled on gamely.”
Durcan was completing a double, having earlier won the 1500m Shadwell Farm Jazil Handicap on Dhruba Selvaratnam’s Jaasoos.
Rod Simpson saddled a memorable 1-2 in the opening 1200m Shadwell Farm Swain Maiden with apprentice Sophie Doyle, riding her first local winner, denying veteran jockey John McGinn on Shahin Shah.
Doyle’s mount, Surprise Package, had finished runner-up at Jebel Ali last week and Simpson said: “That was a very pleasing result as I only have a handful of Thoroughbreds. Sophie (Doyle) deserves that as she is a good kid.”
The sole Purebred Arabian race, the Shadwell Farm Intidab Handicap run over 2000m, was won by Richard Hills on His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Sharakka.
Trained by Gill Duffield, he had to battle bravely and Hills said: “He has shown a great attitude as the runner-up has probably headed him.”
Dubai Dreamer and Royston Ffrench registered their third win of the season when making all in the first 1400m handicap and the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained grey is building quite a following at Nad Al Sheba.
Mubarak Bin Shafya saddled his fourth winner with his sixth runner; Ahmad Ajtebi made all on Emirates Line in the 1800m Shadwell Farm Dayjur handicap to repeat his course and distance victory of the previous week.
Pick Seven & Tri-Cast Results – Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, December 11, 2008
Tri-Cast for Races
Early Tricast – AED1,250 to four winners
Middle Tricast – AED7,500 to two winners
Late Tricast – no winners
Pick Six Winners
6x7 = AED9,705 to three winners
5x7 = AED500 to 12 winners
4x7 = AED500 to eight winners