December 19, Abu Dhabi ~ The main Purebred Arabian race of the evening at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club was the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship, one of three 1600m races restricted to three-year-olds.
It was won comfortably by Mestor (Mahabb (AE) – Mendra (FR) by Sousse (FR) – posting his third course victory of the season for Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and his stable jockey Royston Ffrench in the time of 1:46:21. The colt, owned by the Royal Cavalry Of Oman, ran away with the race and Ffrench said: “He is a really nice young horse who hopefully has plenty of scope to continue progressing. From the moment he walked in the yard we have always liked him and he has now won three without being seriously challenged. It would be nice to think he is a horse with a future.”
Race night opened with the Abu Dhabi Fillies’ Classic which was won by AF Al Hemah (Al Kesbe (FR) – AF Malika (AE) by Oh By Gosh (US) – in 1:46:45 under Tadhg O’Shea. Trained by Eric Lemartinel, she was having her second career start and O’Shea said: “I rode her first time and she was very green. Clearly she has learned a lot and won very nicely tonight.”
Okba (Bibi De Carrere (FR) – AF Yasater(AE) by Amer – slightly improved on the Fillies’ winning time with 01:46:11 under O’Shea, doubling his wins for the evening in the 1600m Abu Dhabi Colts’ Classic. The jockey said of his ride on the Al Ketbi trained colt, “He has had to work a bit harder than the filly but is a nice horse and still learning.”
Apprentice Salima Al Taleei opened her account for the season on Maram Nez D’or (FR) – Mannnar (FR) by Djelfor (FR)- for trainer Mohammed Al Shamsi in the 1200m Wathba Stud Farm Cup handicap. The jockey said: “It is nice to get a winner on the board but it has taken a while this season.”
Racing concluded with a 2200m maiden in which Nawasi Alkeer (Drug (RU) – AF Mirath (AE) by Chaikh Man (FR)- won in 2:35:36 for trainer Jameel Salman with Carlos Sanchez in the saddle.
Second was Raad W’Rsan under Richard Mullen, trained by Jaci Wickham, and third was Keep Er Keen with Patrick Dobbs in the saddle.