Watson-Dobbs double highlights final meeting at Jebel Ali

Watson-Dobbs double highlights final meeting at Jebel Ali
Shamaal Nibras, ridden by Patrick Dobbs, win the feature race at Jebel Ali. (Supplied photo)

Dubai - Earlier, action began with six-time UAE Champion Jockey O'Shea bringing up win No.508 in his 4080th run in the UAE

By James Jose

Published: Fri 22 Mar 2019, 5:54 PM

Last updated: Fri 22 Mar 2019, 7:57 PM

UAE Champion Trainer Doug Watson and jockey Patrick Dobbs brought the curtains down on Jebel Ali Racecourse's final race meeting of the season by notching a double.
The American, a six-time winner of the UAE Trainers' Championship, saddled Shamaal Nibras to a fine victory in the Jebel Ali Classic (Silver Jubilee), the feature race on Friday afternoon.
The 10-year-old veteran from First Samurai won the seven-furlong contest by 2.25 lengths over Bochart, trained by Satish Seemar and the mount of Richard Mullen.
Seemar saw Ode To Autumn, ridden by UAE Champion Jockey Tadhg O'Shea, finish third. 
Watson and Dobbs then completed a double with Habah winning the Derrinstown Stud Conditions, an eight-furlong affair for fillies. The three-year-old Habah from Twirling Candy won by a length over Starry Eyes, the charge of Crisford and the ride of Cosgrave.
Bachalard and O'Shea combined to bring home Salayel in third, 1.75 lengths behind Starry Eyes.
Earlier, action began with six-time UAE Champion Jockey O'Shea bringing up win No.508 in his 4080th run in the UAE. The 37-year-old Irishman, who became the most successful jockey of all-time in the UAE after breaking Englishman Richard Hills' mark of 504 wins, led AF Al Jahed to victory in the Al Sahel Contracting Co Rated Conditions over nine furlongs.
The charge of Ernst Oertel, who leads the UAE Trainers' Championship this season, AF Al Jahed won by a short head over Magic Number, trained by Abdallah Al Hammadi and the ride of Fernando Jara. It was the seven-year-old AF Al Jahed's seventh victory in 21 starts.
Meanwhile, Craving, saddled by Simon Crisford and ridden by Patrick Cosgrave, won the School Transport Services Handicap by 2.25 lengths over Almoreb, trained by Ali Rashid Al Rayhi and the mount of Dane O'Neill. Spirit Of Scotland, who had won over Heraldic at Meydan last Thursday, finished third with new jockey Sandro Paiva.
Musabbeh Al Mheiri Gavroche beat Cape Of Eagles by 1.5 lengths to win the Beam Group Of Companies Handicap, run over 10 furlongs. 
Meanwhile, High On Life, trained by Salem bin Ghadayer and the ride of Royston Ffrench, won the Commercial Bank Of Dubai Rated Conditions. The eight-year-old from Invincible Spirit, High On Life won by 2.25 lengths over Call Of War, the charge of resident Jebel Ali trainer Nicholas Bachalard.
Al Rayhi wrapped up the evening with Raafid winning the Roma Capannelle Racecourse Handicap. 

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