aa7284b241158210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2010-02'A super night' says Smith after riding a hat-trick of winners for trainer al Ketbi9a7284b241158210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____'A super night' says Smith after riding a hat-trick of winners for trainer al KetbiThe combination of Wayne Smith and Bakhit al Ketbi celebrated one of their best evenings in racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.<p>ABU DHABI // The combination of Wayne Smith and Bakhit al Ketbi celebrated one of their best evenings in racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club last night.
The jockey and trainer combined to complete a treble, claiming the opener, a maiden, with AF Jamer El Ouyoon and following it up by taking the two valuable handicaps with AF Amthal and GRP Baghdad.
And it could have been four had Das Enbehar not been overtaken in the last few strides by Samir Hawaa's RS Sanjar under Safwat al Reffai in the third race, the Al Wathba Stud Farm trophy.</p>
<p>GRP Baghdad's victory in the penultimate event was the icing on the cake for the Smith-al Ketbi partnership.
Earlier, AF Jamer El Ouyoon made every yard of the running to start the evening with a win over the minimum trip, AF Amthal came with a late run to take the fourth race and GRP Baghdad went clear approaching the final furlong to complete the treble.
Smith, who has ridden 24 winners this season, said: "Bakhit's horses are bang on form. GRP Baghdad is a strong local-bred horse and likes to be held. He had won quite well over the course and distance, and was strongly fancied by the trainer.</p>
<p>"AF Amthal had to overcome some traffic and once he got around the wall of horses he pulled away from the pack and AF Jamer El Ouyoon was always travelling well in front and stayed on strongly to win. Das Enbehar just missed out but we can't have everything in our favour. It was a super night for us."
Gerald Avranche rode Eric Lemartinel's Raneet to victory the second race, the five-year-old's first win in 12 starts, and Erwan Charpy's Contretemps was a convincing winner on his local debut under Pat Smullen in the concluding event, the solitary race for thoroughbreds.</p>