x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dohasa's turn to fend off challenge this time round

Dohasa put right his defeat at the hands of Terrific Challenge in March as he came out on top in the featured Shadwell Farm conditions race at Jebel Ali Racecourse.

JEBEL ALI // Dohasa put right his defeat at the hands of Terrific Challenge in March as he came out on top in the featured Shadwell Farm conditions race at Jebel Ali Racecourse yesterday.

Terrific Challenge won when the two last met, at the Jebel Ali Sprint in March, but yesterday the roles were reversed. Dohasa raced prominently with the leading group and stayed on strongly to win by a neck from Terrific Challenge and provide Ismail Mohammed, the Emirati trainer, with his first winner of the season.

"He loves this track and stayed on strongly at the end to win very well," Ted Durcan, the winning jockey, said of Dohasa. "He had run a pretty good first race when fourth to Alo Pura at Meydan last week and seems to have benefitted from that run."

It was a highly successful evening for Emirati trainers; they claimed four of the six prizes.

Ali Rashid al Raihe, the champion trainer, saddled a superb double by claiming the last two races with Haatheq and Palm Court, with two different riders for two different owners.

Haatheq was a convincing winner under Tadgh O'Shea, who wore the silks of Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid. Royston Ffrench rode Palm Court to his second win in two weeks at Jebel Ali while Wayne Smith rode Atlantic Brave to victory in the fourth race for another Emirati trainer, Musabah al Muhairy.

Richie Mullen, denied victory on Terrific Challenge, rode the Satish Seemar-trained Nanni The Teaser to an impressive win in the second race of the evening.

Meanwhile, A'nnabak W'rsan ridden by Pat Cosgrove provided the trainer Jaci Wickham with a winner by claiming the Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid UAE Breeders Society Cup, the solitary race for Purebred Arabians in the six-race card.

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