Jet Express Maintains Unbeaten Run
DUBAI — Jet Express, ridden by Royston Ffrench, maintained his unbeaten run to dethrone holder Golden Arrow under Pat Smullen in a close finish in the Jebel Ali Mile up the hill here on Friday afternoon.
By Hisham Al Gizouli
Published: Sun 31 Jan 2010, 12:02 AM
Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:22 AM
“He’s a true champion and I was confident beyond that he would deliver,” said a delighted trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe who saddled the Jet Master horse to its fourth straight victory of the season.
“He stayed very well despite leading early. The two horses which chased him home are very strong (Golden Arrow and Ibn Battuta), but Royston Ffrench held on very courageously under pressure in the concluding stages,” he said.
Al Raihe said Jet Express next target would be the Dubai International Racing Carnival. Argentinian jockey Carlos Sanchez was the first to cross the finish line early in the afternoon aboard Step In Line trained by Abdullah bin Huzaim. The Giant’s Causway six-year-old gelding jumped very quickly out of the machine looking for lead and stormed home unchallenged in the 1600m Al Hai Group of Companies TB Handicap opening race on the card. Top weight Mutajammel under Ricahrd Hills and the mount of William Buick Ebn Malik took the second and third spots respectively.
Numair, ridden by Tadhg O’Shea loomed up in the home straight to land the Newbury The Racecourse Maiden in the 1600m second race of the afternoon.
The six-year-old son of Cozzene is trained by the Bahrain-based owner and trainer Fawzi Abdulla Nass.
The fourth race Emirates NBD TB Handicap over 1400m was won by Atlantic Brave for the yard of local trainer Musabah Al Muhairi with a great ride by Ted Durcan.
William Buick rode My Verse to victory in the yellow silks of Shaikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum fifth race, a 1200m TB Handicap sponsored by Emirates Equestrian Federation.
The partnership of Al Raihe-Ffrench completed a double in the sixth and final race of the day astride Impenetrable, the easiest of winners of the 1000m dash Emirates Airline trophy.