x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Double tops in capital for Lemartinel

The trainer started 2011 in the same rich vein of form he finished 2010 with a double at Abu Dhabi last night, taking his seasonal tally to 14.

Eric Lemartinel, the trainer, started 2011 in the same rich vein of form he finished 2010 with a double at Abu Dhabi last night, taking his seasonal tally to 14.

Tadhg O'Shea was also in double form and began his brace on Lemartinel's Af Dhaham in the fourth race, a 1,400m conditions race.

David Smith rode Lemartinel's earlier winner, Naseem Al Reef who denied stable companion AF Maqam Alezz in the second race, a 1,600m handicap.

Smith said: "He stayed on really strongly and I thought we would get there. It is great to get a ride for Lemartinel who does so well."

O'Shea completed his double by landing the concluding 2,200m conditions race on Takaamul, beating Bareq into second while Menwaal was third.

RESULTS

Race 1 – 1,600m

Winner: Mahalli (1:47.67)

Jockey: Patrick Cosgrave

Trainer: Jameel Salman

Race 2 – 1,600m

Winner: Naseem Al Reef (1:45.28)

Jockey: David Smith

Trainer: Eric Lemartinel

Race 3 – 1,600m

Winner Jibril (1:48.89)

Jockey: Rory Cleary

Trainer: R ben Attia

Race 4 – 1,400m

Winner: Af Dhaham (1:34.41)

Jockey: Tadhg O’Shea

Trainer: Eric Lemartinel

Race 5 – 1,600m

Winner: Warriors Key (1:36.22)

Jockey: Harry Bentley

Trainer: Satish Seemar

Race 6 – 2,200m

Winner: Takaamul (2:30.80)

Jockey: Tadhg O’Shea

Trainer: Gillian Duffield