RACING at Jebel Ali last Friday was highlighted by a seven-furlong conditions race in which the Irish-bred Tadbir, a £150,000 Goffs UK yearling, produced a gutsy performance under Dane O’Neill, riding for Sheikh Hamdan.

A four-year-old gelded son of Kodiac, it was a second career victory for the horse, adding to his all-weather victory over six furlongs at Chelmsford for Brian Meehan when also partnered by O’Neill. He has since joined Erwan Charpy who said: “To be honest, we expected a much better effort last time, but he was never really able to get into the race. We decided, with the benefit of that race under his belt, to be positive on him. He is a decent little horse, but definitely is happier here on the straight course, so we will stick to what he does best and come back here.”