March 17, 2013, Abu Dhabi ~Abu Dhabi’s final meeting of the season on Sunday was dominated by trainer Ernst Oertel and Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea, who combined to win three of six races.
Yet O’Shea, who went one better, and also won the fourth race, was unable to take out the evening’s features. That said, the Champion Jockey looks certain to defend his crown.
The main race went to trainer Majed Al Jahouri and his main patron H E Sheikh Mansour bin Zazed Al Nayhan who maintained their Abu Dhabi Purebred Arabian big-race domination with the victory of Musharab (Njewman (FR) – Koralya De Nerak (FR) by Dormane) in the Group 1 Abu Dhabi Championship, the 2200m feature at the track’s final meeting of the season. Harry Bentley rode the winner in thr 2200m feature at the track’s final meet of the season. He was followed in by Sahib du Clos with the US bred, Theoretically right behind in third.
“Obviously this a great race to win and I have enjoyed a fair bit of success for the owner and trainer this season,” said Bentley. “It is a great privilege to ride for such a powerful organisation and, hopefully, I can pick up a ride for them in the Kahayla Classic, on Dubai World Cup day.”
Abu Dhabi’s biggest Thoroughbred race of the season is the Group 3 Emirates Championship, over the same 2200m course and distance as the Purebred Arabian feature and the Doug Watson-trained Jutland led close to home to land the spoils under Pat Dobbs.
Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea will surely retain his crown after winning the first three races for trainer Ernst Oertel, who himself goes into the final two meetings of the season heading the trainers’ championship with 34 winners, two more than closest challenger Musabah Al Muhairi.
The duo started the evening in ideal fashion when O’Shea produced Bedayer Al Asayl (DJEL BON (FR) x ANSHOUDAT FARAH (AE) by Chaikh Man) to win the opening 1600m maiden, producing the filly to lead in the very closing strides and then, in basically a repeat performance, O’Shea delivered for Richlore for a last gasp win in a 1600m handicap.
In comparison, the victory of stable companion Najm Elemarat (Dormane (FR) – Fryga (US) by Wielki Raz (US) in the following 2200m handicap was pretty straightforward and O’Shea said: “Bedrayer Al Asayl was racing for the first time and it really showed; she was basically clueless until I pulled her out of traffic and once she saw daylight she picked up very well.
“She can only improve for that experience and it would be nice to think she can go on from this.
The pair then doubled up with Richlore (TH Richie (US) – Lore (US) by Wiking) in the following 1600m handicap and again the judge’s camera was required with O’Shea’s mount leading close home and then repelling the renewed challenge of runner-up MH Al Wadi.
O’Shea said: “She is a lovely filly and this is her fourth win of the season; like so many of Ernst’s horses she has just maintained her form throughout the season.”
O’Shea than made it four consecutive winners when partnering the Gill Duffield-trained AF Lafeh (Amer x HOURIYA BOUZNIKA (MA) by Bartaba) to win a 1600m conditions race. The jockey said: “What a great evening – what else can you say?”
Full Results: [gview file=”http://www.horsereporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/0317AD-Emirates-Championship_19-00.pdf” save=”1″]