December 23, 2012, Abu Dhabi ~ News Release -The best of the Purebred Arabian action at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club Sunday evening was the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship, a 1600m contest restricted to the three-year-old generation. It was won by Magik Du Paon, with Wayne Smith in the saddle for trainer Eric Lemartinel. Smith said, “These are the spare rides we like. That was a nice effort in a decent race. I was always going well and was pretty confident from a fair way out. I reckon the first three home will turn out to be nice horses.”
Racing opened with the Abu Dhabi Fillies’ Classic over 1600m and was won impressively by Shayel Aldhabi, ridden by Tadhg O’Shea for trainer Ernst Oertel. O’Shea said, “She is a nice filly and you would hope will improve again from this. Ernst has his horses in great shape and it has been a great start to the season for us all. ”
The colts’ equivalent was then won by Monawer, ridden by Pat Cograve for trainer Jaber Bittar and like Shayel Aldhabi winning for a second time this season. Cosgrave said: “I did not ride him the last time but he won well enough and I was hopeful coming into the race and he certainly has not let me down although we did miss the break which was a bit of a concern.
“Then he carried me nicely into the race and quickened well when I asked him.”
Victor Adam opened his account in a 1200m handicap with jockey Saber Trabelsi riding his first winner locally. It was a second winner for trainer Ibrahim Al Hadhrami. A seven-year-old, Victor Adam is out of the legendary Kahayla, one of the best Purebred Arabian racehorses ever and after whom the opening race on Dubai World Cup night is named.
The concluding 2200m maiden went to Maharani, ridden by Royston Ffrench for trainer Ernst Oertel and owner HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.