Ubu Al Mels Wins Wathba Cup in Al Ain

Ubu Al Mels produced fast and late by O’Shea landed the opening 1000m handicap initiating the jockey’s evening treble

 Ubu Al Mels

O’Shea and Ubu Al Mels

12 January 2016, Al Ain, UAE ~ In a grand treble win at the Al Ain race course on 7 January, UAE Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea ensured the win in the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival’s Wathba Stud Farm Cup for Private Owners Only race.

O’Shea steered the Mohammed Ramadan-trained Ubu Al Mels (Dormane (FR) x Lhora Al Mels (FR) by Way To Go (US) to a nearly three-length win over AF Thobor under Paolo Sirigu while Richard Mullen on Extra Hope finished third.

It was a sixth career victory for Ramadan’s charge, third over 1000m but first since Boxing Day 2015 over the same course and distance as this victory.

Ubu Al Mels Connections

Ubu Al Mels Connections

It is a great start to the day,” said O’Shea who went on complete a treble and hog the limelight at the Al Ain Racecourse on Saturday evening.

After the Wathba Cup win, O’Shea acquired a double for both owner HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trainer Eric Lemartinel. The trio combined to win the last race and the official feature, a 2000m handicap aboard Hamza. Soon in front, O’Shea drove his mount for home at the top of the long straight. The pair never looked likely to be caught with the horse winning for the first time since last March when he landed Sharjah Racecourse’s biggest race, the Ruler Of Sharjah Trophy.

O’Shea had already picked the right one in the penultimate race, a 1400m maiden, partnering Joori (Mahabb), making it a third time lucky to the relief of connections. His choice was right on as he could also have ridden the third in, stable companion, Bainooni.

The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, IPIC as Strategic Partner, The National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Bloom, Petromal, Rise General Trading Co. LLC, Hayatna, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club, Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf, Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.

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