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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

Mickael Barzalona rides two winners for Salem bin Ghadayer at Meydan

Three wins in all for the Emirati trainer in Saturday's meeting.

Pirate's Cove, ridden by Mickael Barzalona, won Saturday's second race at Meydan. Erika Rasmussen for The National
Pirate's Cove, ridden by Mickael Barzalona, won Saturday's second race at Meydan. Erika Rasmussen for The National

Salem bin Ghadayer saddled a treble at Saturday's Meydan meeting with the French jockey Mickael Barzalona guiding home two of his winners

Barzalona made all the running from the front on Pirate’s Cove to take the second race, a handicap over 1,200m on the dirt, and came with a late run on Mail Shot to claim the concluding turf handicap over 1,600m.

The other victory for the Emirati trainer had seen Aslan, ridden by Xavier Ziani, win the sixth race, another handicap over 2,200m on dirt.

Elsewhere at the meeting, Rashed Bouresly followed up his first win of the season in Abu Dhabi last week with a double under two different jockeys.

Dane O’Neill rode Waqqad to victory in the third race over 1,400m on turf in only his second career start.

The Kuwaiti trainer was in the winner’s enclosure again 35 minutes later after the South African apprentice Liam Tarentaal steered Murrayfield to victory in a handicap rated for horses 60-75 over 2,000m on the dirt.

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Tadhg O’Shea piloted Mears to win the opening prize for his Grandstand Stables trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and O’Neill completed his own personal double on the UAE champion trainer Doug Watson’s Ejaaby in the fifth race.

Meanwhile, the President’s Cup Prep for Purebred Arabians takes centre stage as another busy weekend of racing action in the UAE concludes on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club.

O’Shea, the leading jockey this season, resume his partnership with the Eric Lemartinel-trained Mahbooba, winner of the Group 1 Emirates Championship last year.

“The conditions are probably her optimum and, despite the fact she carries a penalty, she looks to have very strong claims,” said O’Shea of the six-year-old mare.

“Looking at the field, I would say Loraa is probably the main danger given her proven course and distance form in illustrious company.”

Loraa trained in Al Ain by Jean de Roualle was third in this Prep 12 months ago before going on to claim The President's Cup last February.

The chestnut mare may also need this comeback run, but under the UAE champion jockey Richard Mullen, she certainly cannot be safely ruled out given her undoubted class.

“She is a very good mare,” said Mullen. “She should run well but will certainly improve for the run with bigger targets down the line.”

De Roualle is double handed with Ziyadd, a newcomer with some good form in Europe, making his first local start. Lemartinel has also runs Abu Alabyad and Shaheer.