Farrier leads a four-win evening at Jebel Ali for Seemar
Former Champion Trainer Satish Seemar trebled his seasonal tally yesterday afternoon when saddling no less than four of the six winners at Jebel Ali, highlighted undoubtedly by the victory of Farrier in the featured 1950m conditions race.
One of three winners on the card for stable jockey Richard Mullen, who had ridden three winners in Qatar earlier in the week, Farrier was impressive, albeit only facing four rivals, on his seasonal return.
The Listed Jebel Ali Stakes, over the same course and distance, would look a realistic target and a delighted Mullen said: “We have always liked this horse and were very hopeful today.
"With no Treble Jig around this season to defend his Jebel Ali stakes crown, we are looking at that race certainly and this was a great return to action.”
Stable companion Moonlight Dash then won the following 1600m handicap with Mullen driving his mount past stable companion Royal Revival to gain a deserved second career success.
Mullen said: “He has never really run a bad race but has been a bit unlucky on occasions and deserved a change of luck. That was only his 14th start and we would like to think he is still improving.”
The jockey’s third winner came aboard local debutant Calculated, who was far too good for seven rivals in the concluding 1200m maiden. Raced once by Godolphin in the UK, Calculated is bred to be decent, especially on dirt and left a lasting impression.
Mullen added: “This is the first time I have really come racing this season expecting a good day so it is great to be vindicated. Calculated is a bit of a character, but there is ability there and hopefully plenty of improvement."
Stable apprentice Marc Monaghan was in the saddle on Seemar’s other winner, Gold Pearl, winning a 1400m handicap on the card for a second year running under the promising young jockey.
He was not the only horse to win on the card for a second year with Funon, who won over 1800m last year, dropping back successfully to 1400m 12 months later – and breaking the track record in the process.
Dane O’Neill was in the saddle for his main employer, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and it was the first of two winners on the card for trainer Musabah Al Muhairi, who combined to win the 1000m conditions race with stable jockey Wayne Smith and Jebel Ali course specialist Russian Rock.
Winner of the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, over the same course and distance, in each of the last two seasons, he was recording his eighth course win and seventh over the flying 1000m.
Smith could not hide his joy and said: “Obviously, we knew the conditions really suit him but, to be honest, I thought he would need the run as he normally does.
“We have plenty of options with him – the Jebel Ali Sprint obviously – but he has won at Meydan on Tapeta and ran a couple of great races there on turf last season.”