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Musabah Al Muhairi and Satish Seemar claim two wins each at Meydan

Al Muhairi won with Harbour Dance and Tashweeq, while Seemar bagged victories with Emblem Storm and Pop The Hood

Tadhg O’Shea rides Pop The Hood to win the third horse race at the Meydan Racecourse. Pawan Singh / The National 
Tadhg O’Shea rides Pop The Hood to win the third horse race at the Meydan Racecourse. Pawan Singh / The National 

Trainers Musabah Al Muhairi and Satish Seemar won two prizes each while the UAE champion jockey Tadhg O’Shea was on the double at Meydan on Thursday.

Al Muhairi took the first and last races, with Harbour Dance and Tashweeq respectively, while Seemar bagged victories in the second and third races with Emblem Storm and Pop The Hood.

O’Shea steered Harbour Dance to a convincing nine and-a-half lengths triumph from Seemar’s Lady Snazz in the opener.

“I didn’t know much about this horse riding for the first time, but he broke well and got into a nice rhythm to win quite well,” O’Shea said.

“He likes the distance. He liked the surface. He had a couple of runs here but his form in Ireland was good [fifth, second and third in three starts]. This win should give him a lot of confidence and hopefully he’ll win again.”

Seemar’s Pop The Hood was another easy winner for the champion jockey. He won by more than four lengths from Important Mission to take O’Shea’s tally to 21 for the season, one more than Antonio Fresu.

“He’s run two good races for Satish this season, second twice [over the 1,200m course and distance] but I nearly cried when I saw him drawn 14 [in the widest gate],” O’Shea said.

“But you have to run whatever it is. He’s an ex-American horse and has lot of gate speed to do his thing to go in front. He quickened up well as we turned for home and it was a really good win for him.”

Seemar’s first of the two winners on the night came courtesy of Fresu on Emblem Storm.

“Satish told me he’s a good horse but try to keep him out of the kick-back as much as possible,” Fresu said.

“Anyway he was at the back of the field and wasn’t travelling well because of the kick-back. But when I put him in the clear in the final two furlongs he quickened up really well.”

Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor took the fourth race - with Beauvais under Kevin Stott - and Doug Watson’s Illusional made all under Sam Hitchcott to take the next race.

Szczepan Mazur completed the double for Al Muhairi from Seemar’s pair Speedy Move and Kinver Edge.

“It was a pretty good night for us,” Al Muhairi said. “Tashweeq was returning to the racetrack in more than 700 days and he didn’t show any rustiness of the long lay-off. He’s got class and it showed tonight.”

Updated: January 18, 2020 09:06 PM

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