Meydan Jockey’s Challenge and Arabian card

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Friday 18 Dubai, UAE – During the Friday night edition of the Dubai International Racing Carnival, Dariya raced to the win in the the Group Two Bani Yas, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card. The 1400m All-Weather Tapeta track contest was ridden by Ted Durcan for Saifaldin Deeb. Short of room turning for home, Durcan waited for a gap and his mount powered home to deny Kandar Du Falgas his moment.

Durcan said: “He is a nice horse with plenty of ability. I won on him over 1000m last time and he is pretty versatile and will stay further”

Doug Watson then opened his account for the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival with Famous Warrior in the 1600m Private Banking, and then doubled his tally with War Monger in the following 1800m Priority Banking, the final leg of the Meydan Masters’ International Jockeys’ Challenge.

It was Olivier Peslier who was able to get War Monger to the front after about 300m and he never saw another rival. In doing so, the jockey propelled himself from last to second in the Jockey’s Challenge – a place behind Calvin Borel, who finished with 86 points to Peslier’s 81.

Watson said: “That was a great hour and two great rides. Famous Warrior has taken a while to settle in and we have schooled him in the paddock and stalls. He is a nice young horse and hopefully can improve like Green Coast did.”

Peslier said: “The jockeys’ challenge is a great initiative and it is nice to win a race – seeing as I was last before this one. Doug was very bullish before the race and I can see why because he won that well.”

Top-weight War Artist landed the 1200m Corporate Banking to follow up his win in last year’s Al Shindagha Sprint over the same trip but on the All-Weather track. Now trained by Robert Collet he was again partnered by Olivier Peslier who said: “On his day he is a very good sprinter as he has shown on many occasions. It all went right today with a good fast gallop suiting him.”

2011 Meydan Masters International Jockey’s Challenge tally:

Calvin Borel 75 10 1 86
William Buick 5 4 4 13
Frankie Dettori 15 8 15 38
Maxime Guyon 8 7 8 23
Richard Hills 6 6 20 32
Richard Hughes 20 2 5 27
Ryan Moore 1 75 3 79
Gerald Mosse 2 20 2 24
John Murtagh 7 5 10 22
Tiago Perreira 10 1 7 18
Olivier Peslier 3 3 75 81
Hiroyuki Uchida 4 15 6 35

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