Feature Race Success For Tailor's Row Highlights Bin Ghadayer's Jebel Ali Treble

A handicap over 1800m was the official highlight of racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon and was won in gutsy fashion by Tailor’s Row who arrived in the race on a roll which he maintained, ultimately, in some style.

Royston Ffrench probably had to wait about 150m before he could get to the front on the 7-year-old Street Cry gelding who is associated with such positive tactics, often delivered to maximum effect. Halfway up the long Jebel Ali straight Ffrench’s mount was being challenged on all sides by stable companion Untold Secret, progressive Dark Of Night and Shanty Star. However, once the quartet hit the steepest part of the Jebel Ali hill incline, Tailor’s Row powered clear to record a career best effort. A course and distance winner on his penultimate start, he had subsequently landed a valuable 2000m handicap at Sharjah and was recording an eighth career success, sixth locally and fourth at Jebel Ali. This may well prove the most important though as it almost but certainly secured him a berth at the Dubai World Cup Carnival for Salem bin Ghadayer, completing a double on the card, and owner Musab Abdulqader Mohd Al Rais.

A delighted Ffrench said: “Hopefully that was enough to get him in the carnival and it would be worth a shot with the form that he is in. He is just a horse who keeps surprising us and a great asset to the yard. He is so honest and tries his best, but we have learned, does not respond to the whip, so we just keep pushing and kicking away on him.”

The longest race on the card, a 1950m handicap, proved a very straightforward assignment for Miracle Maker who was soon in front under Xavier Ziani and stayed there, the race seemingly in safekeeping from a long way out. Trained by Salem bin Ghadayer for Faiuz Jamil Al Turkumani, the 4-year-old Paynter colt was doubling both his career and seasonal tally having opened his account in a 2000m Al Ain maiden in November under Ziani who has ridden him in all bar one of his 11 racecourse appearances.

Ziani said: “I was happy to be positive him because we know he stays further and won very well at Al Ain over 2000m before chasing home stablemate Tailor’s Row who is very hard to beat here at Jebel Ali.

“He is actually a very nice little horse who was just a big baby last season, but has thrived over the summer as we have seen. I actually think he will be better next season, but would not be surprised if he wins again this year.”

Bin Ghadayer completed a treble and Ffrench a double with the smooth success of Hurry Up in a 1200m maiden for 3-year-olds. A colt by Blame owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum, he had made a more than promising start to his career when second on debut, over this course and distance, three weeks ago and could be called the winner a long way out on this occasion.

Ffrench said: “The front two went very hard in front of us which really suited me. He ran very well behind a good horse last time, so we were pretty confident coming here today.”

Another prominent throughout, this time in a 1600m maiden, was Mazagran, initially the second reserve, but drafted into the field, who soon led under Tadhg O’Shea and had his nine rivals in trouble soon after halfway. A 4-year-old War Front colt, saddled by Satish Seemar for Ailan Hamad Kadfoor Al Mehairi, this was just his third start and he was building on a very promising third in an identical race on his second local outing three weeks ago.

Seemar said: “This has always been impressive, strong, looking horse but only recently has he really started training well and, we hope, he is better than this.”

O’Shea added: “That was a great effort and I was delighted when he made the final field. He has been a slow learner, but is now really progressing and hopefully there is a lot more to come from him.”

A decent quality 1400m handicap turned into something of a strange affair with 13 of the 16 runners racing centre to far side, but the finish eventually dominated on the nearside. It was here that Adrie de Vries, drawn high, decided to keep straight on seasonal debutant Alla Mahlak and was rewarded with a smooth success, taking the lead entering the final 200m and always winning from there on, chased home by Top Clearance who steered a similar path having been drawn next to the winner. Owned and trained by Rashed Bouresly, the winner, a 5-year-old entire son of Kitten’s Joy was doubling his career tally, his previous success also achieved over this course and distance on his penultimate start in early March.

De Vries said: “I think the track is even all the way across, so I was happy to stay there and, happily, I was not alone, so I had something to race with which is a massive help.”

Bouresly’s winner was actually third reserve whereas stable companion Imprison was first on the standby list before landing the concluding 1200m handicap under Fabrice Veron. Now an 8-year-old, the gelded son of Sea The Stars was also drawn high, but in his case, had to overcome a tardy start before storming to the front passing the 200m pole after which he was always in control. In doing so he doubled his tally, supplementing a course and handicap victory just last November, the only previous occasion he was partnered by Veron.

The meeting kicked off with the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, a 1400m handicap for horses foaled locally in which very few of the 12 runners were ever able to get involved. Bernardo Pinheiro and JAP Hadad were soon in front, tracked by eventual runner-up AF Musannef and, at halfway, the race looked likely to develop into a duel. However, shortly afterwards handicap debutant Al Suhooj and Omani apprentice Saif Al Balushi emerged from the remainder to throw down a challenge. Just as AF Musannef managed to pass JAP Hadad, Al Balushi’s mount loomed large, hitting the front inside the final 150m and staying on strongly. It was a first career success for the 5-year-old entire, owned and trained by Khalifa Al Neyadi, having his seventh start and whose best previous efforts had been a trio of thirds.

Al Neyadi said: “We were keen to try him here as we hoped the hill would suit and we also took him out of maiden company for the first time. That was very pleasing.”