Life's a beach for Seemar

  • Last Updated: December 20 2013, 0:04 GMT

Surfer, a 1400m winner on this card 12 months ago, followed up this term in a 1600m conditions race to spearhead a double for Satish Seemar.

Tadgh O'Shea: Rode Ralston Road
Tadgh O'Shea: Rode Ralston Road

Ridden by Richard Mullen, the pair led on the turn for home and were able to open up a decisive gap before fending off the late challenge of Mufarrh.

Mullen told www.emiratesracing.com: "Other than the Godolphin Mile he just kept on improving last season and this was another good performance because there were plenty of good horses in behind.

"Hopefully he can win something at the Dubai World Cup Carnival."

St Leger seventh Ralston Road, making his debut for new connections, scored a thrilling victory in the 2000m conditions race, getting up on the line under Tadhg O'Shea to bring up the double.

O'Shea said: "I would have settled for a dead-heat but I knew I was hitting the line the stronger of the pair.

"We hope he is a Dubai World Cup night horse and this is a great start to his UAE career. He is a lazy work horse so will probably have needed that and he stays a lot further."

The 1200m conditions event was a productive one for owner HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who owned the first three home, headed by the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Rafeej.

He was ridden by the owner's second jockey, Dane O'Neill, to a narrow victory over Paul Hanagan in the first colours on Tamaathul, with Mujaazef completing the trio.

The winner, who broke the 1200m track record at Sharjah on his penultimate start, was narrowly beaten in a Meydan handicap last time but made no mistake here.

O'Neill said: "I knew Tamaathul was going to be a big threat and when I realised it was him chasing me I was worried but we had race fitness and a better draw on our side."

Adrie De Vries won the opening 2000m maiden on Tarbawi while Thomas Brown secured the 70th success of his career aboard Parvaaz. The victory means he is no longer entitled to claim a weight allowance in the UAE.

There was also a notable success for champion jockey Richard Hughes made his first local ride in a Purebred Arabian race a winning one when steering Rabbah De Carrere to victory in the Group Two Mazrat Al Ruwayah.


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