Treble delight for Satish Seemar at Meydan as he moves level with Ernst Oertel for most wins
Mullen made all on Beachcomber Bay to win the fourth race while his stable companion O’Shea rounded off the proceedings with the last two races on Mazeed and Riflescope
Satish Seemar scooped a treble with Tadhg O’Shea riding two of his horses to victory at Meydan on Saturday.
Richard Mullen made all on Beachcomber Bay to win the fourth race while his stable companion O’Shea rounded off the proceedings with the last two races on Mazeed and Riflescope.
Seemar’s three winners took his tally to 26 for the season, two behind Ernst Oertel in the UAE trainers' championship. O’Shea joined Mullen on 26 winnersin the UAE jockeys’ championship.
“It’s great to win for the owner, who’s been here since Race 1 today, and I’m sure there will be a good celebration tonight,” said O’Shea after completing winning the seventh and final race on Riflescope.
Of his winning ride, O'Shea said of Riflescope: “He is a horse who acts well on both surfaces, but sometimes they really like when you put them back on grass.
"He’s a very genuine horse who was drawn well and it’s a big team effort at Zabeel Stables and a pleasure to give them a winner.”
Solar Shower returned after a tow-month break to register his first win in five career starts.
William Lee had the five year old out in front from the start to win the 1,400m first race by more than eight lengths and provide the Emirati trainer Helal Al Alawi his first thoroughbred success for the season at Meydan.
“Obviously it is nice to get that first Meydan winner out of the way after a few close shouts,” Lee said.
“We probably won too easily in the end, but I was able to get to the front, give him a breather and then he quickened nicely when I asked.
“This is a horse who almost tries too hard, even at home in the mornings, and makes life harder for himself. But this should do his confidence a lot of good.”
The Erwan Charpy-trained Thaaqib won his first race in 10 local starts by claiming the second race.
Antonio Fresu atop the gelded son of Invincible Spirit tracked the leaders before taking over the running from the 400m mark to win from Sea Skimmer and deny the trainer-jockey combination of Al Alawi and Lee from completing a double.
“He was twice withdrawn at the start at Jebel Ali last season, so we needed to iron that out,” Charpy said.
“That is one reason we have kept him quite busy at different tracks and, to be honest, we really wanted to run him at Abu Dhabi tomorrow, but he did not get in.
“We had a good low draw here, as well as a low weight, so were keen to utilise that by racing close to the pace and being positive. Luckily it has all worked out.”
Updated: February 2, 2019 09:58 PM