TREBLES were the order of the day at Meydan on Thursday, and less than 24 hours later Salem bin Ghadayer was recording yet another when racing resumed for 2021 at Jebel Ali.
The nine-furlong Derrinstown Stud-sponsored handicap was the official highlight on the card and was won in gutsy fashion by Tailor’s Row who is on a roll. Winning rider Royston Ffrench had to wait until inside the final furlong before he could get to the front on the seven-year-old Street Cry gelding who is associated with such positive tactics, often delivered to maximum effect.
A course and distance winner on his penultimate start, Tailor’s Row had subsequently landed a valuable 10-furlong handicap at Sharjah and was recording an eighth career success, sixth locally and fourth at Jebel Ali.
This may well prove the most important though as it almost but certainly secured a berth at the Dubai World Cup Carnival for the gelding, trained by Salem bin Ghadayer for owner Musab Abdulqader Mohd Al Rais.
A delighted Ffrench said: “Hopefully that was enough to get him in the Carnival and it would be worth a shot with the form that he is in. He is just a horse who keeps surprising us and is a great asset to the yard. He is so honest and tries his best, but we have learned, does not respond to the whip, so we just keep pushing and kicking away on him.”
The longest race on the card, a near 10-furlong handicap, proved a straightforward assignment for Miracle Maker who was soon in front under Xavier Ziani and stayed there, the race in safekeeping from a long way out. Trained by Salem bin Ghadayer for Faiuz Jamil Al Turkumani, the four-year-old Paynter colt was doubling both his career and seasonal tally having opened his account in an Al Ain maiden in November.
Ziani said: “I was happy to be positive on him because we know he stays further and won very well at Al Ain over 10 furlongs, before chasing home stablemate Tailor’s Row who is very hard to beat here at Jebel Ali. He is a very nice little horse who was just a big baby last season, but has thrived over the summer as we have seen. I actually think he will be better next season, but would not be surprised if he wins again this year.”
Bin Ghadayer completed a treble, and Royston Ffrench a double, with the smooth success of Hurry Up in a six-furlong maiden for three-year-olds. A colt by Blame owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum, he had made a promising start to his career when second on his debut, over this course and distance, three weeks ago and could be called the winner a long way out on this occasion.
Ffrench said: “He ran very well behind a good horse last time, so we were pretty confident coming here.”
Another who raced prominently, this time in a mile maiden, was Mazagran. Initially the second reserve, he soon led under Tadhg O’Shea and had his nine rivals in trouble after halfway. A four-year-old War Front colt, saddled by Satish Seemar for Ailan Hamad Kadfoor Al Mehairi, this was just his third start.
Seemar said: “This has always been an impressive, strong horse but only recently has he really started training well and, we hope, he is better than this.” O’Shea added: “That was a great effort and I was delighted when he made the final field. He has been a slow learner, but is now really progressing and hopefully there is a lot more to come from him.”
A decent seven-furlong handicap turned into something of a strange affair, with 13 of the 16 runners racing towards the far side, but the finish was eventually dominated by those on the nearside. Adrie de Vries, drawn high, decided to keep straight on Alla Mahlak and was rewarded with a smooth success, taking the lead entering the final furlong. He was chased home by Top Clearance who steered a similar path having been drawn next to the winner. Owned and trained by Rashed Bouresly, the winner, a five-year-old entire son of Kitten’s Joy was doubling his career tally, his previous success also achieved over this course and distance in early March.
De Vries said: “I think the track is even all the way across, so I was happy to stay there and, happily, I was not alone, so I had something to race with which is a massive help.”
Bouresly’s winner was actually third reserve, whereas stable companion Imprison was first on the standby list before landing the concluding six-furlong handicap under Fabrice Veron. Now an eight-year-old, the gelded son of Sea The Stars was also drawn high, but in his case, had to overcome a tardy start before storming to the front passing the furlong pole after which he was always in control.