Double for Selvaratnam-Buick

DUBAI - Emmrooz, ridden by William Buick, claimed the 1600m Thoroughbreds Conditions Shadwell-sponsored feature race in a head-to-head battle against the mount of Richard Hills, Haatheq at the Jebel Ali Racecourse on Friday.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

Published: Sun 19 Dec 2010, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:21 AM

With a small field of six runners lining up for honours in the richest event of the afternoon, Richard Mullen showed the way aboard Tiz Now Tiz Then before the Tiznow horse ran out of gas and gave way to the heavy traffic from behind.

Richard Hills put Haatheq in the clear and hit the front in the concluding stages, but Emmrooz did the better work when the two horses went strike for strike close home to win by half a length on the line.

The partnership of Selvaratnam-Buick completed a double after Canwinn came from nowhere to beat front runner Step In Line in a spectacular finish in the fifth race, a 1400m Thoroughbreds Handicap, sponsored by Al Shafar Group.

Richard Mullen teamed up with trainer Jaci Wickham aboard Fajr W’Rsan to land the 1200m Purebred Arabians Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum UAE Breeders Society Cup UAE Bred Maiden opening race of the afternoon.

The four-year-old Nez D’Or colt broke nicely and raced from the centre of the track and kicked clear in the final stages to win by more than three lengths on the line.

Farah Ghantoot finished second under William Supple and behind them came the mount of Richard Hills, AF Tharb.

Top weight Effort got up very strongly in the hands and heels of Carlos Sanchez to land the 1000m Thoroughbreds Handicap Arabian Scandinavian Insurance trophy.

The four-year-old gelded son of Dr Fong defied the heavy odds and sprinted home impressively to beat the Satish Seemar-pair Exceedingly fast and Nanni The Teaser in fashionable style.

Trainer Abdulla bin Huzaim said was he’s pleased to see the efforts of ‘Effort’ paying off despite the 62 kilos he carried on his back.

“Effort likes the Jebel Ali surface and always runs well here,” the trainer added.

Atlantic Brave, under Wayne Smith, lived up to his name in the fourth race after producing a late speed to outpace the mount of William Buick in a thrilling finish.

The fast improving colt of Piccolo didn’t settle well during the trip but Smith changed course from the centre of the field to race against the grand stand and the brave boy forged clear of the field in the concluding stages of the race.

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