Al Muhairi, Hanagan and De Sousa strike double form

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Al Muhairi, Hanagan and De Sousa strike double form

In the owners championship, Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance is a clear cut leader in the overall and the Jebel Ali competitions and should hold on.

By Hisham Al Gizouli ( Chief Reporter)

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Published: Sat 21 Mar 2015, 2:58 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:34 PM

Interpret, ridden by Silvestre De Sousa, on way to winning the third race at the Jebel Ali racecourse on Friday. — KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd

Interpret, ridden by Silvestre De Sousa, on way to winning the third race at the Jebel Ali racecourse on Friday. — KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd

UAE trainer Musabah Al Muhairi cemented his position at the top of the trainers’ table after the Oasis-1 handler captured both the overall and Jebel Ali championships’ titles. The ex-police officer saddled a double in the final meeting of the Jebel Ali season, including the highlight of the six-race card, the 1,800m Shadwell TB Rated Conditions, the third event of the Friday’s afternoon.

Raced by Shaikh Majid bin Moahmmed Al Maktoum and trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, Interpret made all the running under Silvestre De Sousa to put the eight runners of the small field behind his back and held on very strongly to prevail by a neck when attacked pit stop on the line.

“He’s a course and distance winner and has surprised me when he beat Haatheq by more than four lengths. He was just beaten by a better horse last time out and bounced very quickly to win this race,” De Sousa said.

However, the Brazilian brilliant jockey admitted to have spent a lovely season and enjoyed every moment of it, but he has no plan to return to Dubai next season.“I didn’t plan anything as regards my return to the UAE next season, but I’m happy with my stay here,” he said.

De Sousa teamed up with Al Asfa Racing Stables handler Ahmed bin Harmash to steer Ormindo home in the second race, an 1,800m Derrinstown TB Rated Conditions. Meanwhile, Al Muhairi’s completed a double in the fifth race with Rafeej to win the 1,200m Derrinstown Stud TB Rated Conditions hands and heels under Paul Hanagan who has also rode Insaany to victory in the opening race for the Red Stables’ trainer Doug Watson.

“It’s great to end the season in a good style with 44 winners and to have equally landed the Jebel Ali Trainers’ Championship,” the ex-police officer said. Speaking about the chances of his hope Tamarkuz to win the Godolphin Mile Gr-2 on the Dubai World Cup night, Al Muhairi said the only worry would be from the overseas horses. “Tamarkuz proved to be the top miler in the local season and was eased to three wins over course and distance over course and distance. His only defeat was over a shorter distance,” he added. Regarding the decision of the boss to keep him in the mile distance, Al Muhairi said Tamrkus is not good enough for the extra two furlongs and it is far better to keep him in a race which he could win. The Dubai World Cup Gr-1 is very tough at this stage and we will work on him to get ready for the big race next season,” he confirmed.

Richard Mullen, riding Al Razi denied the mount of Oisin Murphy Gobool in the 1400m Shadwell TB Rated Conditions to extend his lead in the overall jockeys’ championship to four winners in front of defending champion Tadhg O’Shea and have virtually captured the title with only Dubai World Cup night remaining.

O’Shea, however, made his mark in the final race with Brazen in the silks of the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trainer Salem Al Ketbi. Brazen left the machines very quickly and led from the wire to the wire to win by nearly two lengths.

In the owners championship, Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance is a clear cut leader in the overall and the Jebel Ali competitions and should hold on.



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