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Jockey Tadhg O'Shea says Rabah De Carrere has ability and by winning on Sunday has gained confidence.
Jockey Tadhg O'Shea says Rabah De Carrere has ability and by winning on Sunday has gained confidence.

Rabah De Carrere ends his winless streak by taking Wathba Stud Farm Cup

Rabah De Carrere took a step down in class to race into President's Cup contention with his first win in the UAE in 12 starts in two years.

ABU DHABI // Rabah De Carrere took a step down in class to race into President's Cup contention with his first win in the UAE in two years.

The Gillian Duffield-trained seven year old came with a late run to claim the Wathba Stud Farm Cup, a Conditions race over 2,200 metres, at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club Sunday night.

"He is a highly rated horse at 106 and just needed the confidence," said Duffield.

"He can now go back to compete at his own level and possibly return in two weeks for the President's Cup over this course and distance."

Tadhg O'Shea had Rabah De Carrere tucked on the rails and then moved through an opening as they swept past the final bend to win by one-and-a-half lengths from the Eric Lemartinel-trained pair Chase Me and AF Qamoos, for his first victory in the UAE in 12 starts.

"He has not won for a long time but this was the right race for him to get his confidence back" said O'Shea, the leading jockey this season with 28 winners.

Rabah De Carrere was runner-up to Seraphin Du Paon in the President's Cup last year.

"He is a horse with a lot of ability," O'Shea said.

"He is not the easiest to win with, but when a horse gets their head in front they grow in confidence and he got that tonight. Hopefully he will continue winning."

Mohammed Al Ketbi scored a double with two different riders.

The Emirati trainer took the opener with Bango, ridden by Ted Durcan, the former UAE champion jockey, and Jesus Rosales rode Mudallal Al Reef to victory in the feature contest of the seven-race card, a handicap rated 0-85.

The UAE-bred six year old showed a superb turn of foot to win the mile race by more than two lengths from Omayyade Thabet.

"He is a good horse and when asked for an effort he moved very quickly," Rosales said.

"I haven't ridden for Al Ketbi for a long time and it was just the right kind of result you would like to give the trainer."

Doug Watson won the solitary prize for thoroughbreds with Cinderkamp to take his tally to 23 winners, four behind Ali Rashid Al Raihe, the UAE champion trainer.

Pat Dobbs came with a strong late run on the Kylachy colt to deny O'Shea on Fityaan.

apassela@thenational.ae

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