Remorse lands Jebel Ali feature to delight connections

Friday afternoon’s second Jebel Ali fixture of the new season, a seven race card, was officially highlighted by a 1600m handicap which developed into a duel throughout the final 300m, the point at which Remorse grabbed the lead from Tenbury Wells.

Tadhg O’Shea had not moved a muscle on Remorse who looked likely to win going away but Royston Ffrench was able to galvanise Tenbury Wells who fought back, forcing O’Shea to get serious with his mount.

Both jockeys found willing partners with Remorse always seemingly just doing enough in front to land the spoils for Satish Seemar and Al Rashid Stables.

A 4yo Dubawi gelding, he was posting a third career victory and second from just four starts for current connections. A winner once for Godolphin and Andre Fabre in France, he also won a 2000m Meydan dirt handicap on the middle of three UAE outings for Seemar last season.

O’Shea, completing a double on the card, said: “This is a very nice young horse and that was a good performance from a nice type under a big weight.
“He will improve from that outing fitness wise and there is a nice race for him at Meydan next month so I imagine he will go there next.”

A lesser 1600m handicap followed, contested by a capacity field of 14 but very few were ever actively involved with Pat Dobbs trying make every post a winning one on Torno Subito, stalked throughout by Final Rock.

The latter, under Adrie de Vries, was able to take over with less than 150m remaining, the pair pulling away to win comfortably for Rashed Bouresly and the Bouresly Racing Syndicate.

A 6yo gelded son of Rock Of Gibraltar, he was winning for the first time since leaving Sir Mark Prescott in Britain with this being a fourth career success. It was fifth outing for Bouresly after four runs last season, the best being a close second, under De Vries, in a handicap over this Jebel Ali 1600m.

De Vries said: “The horse worked well at Meydan the other day so we were expecting a good run and he has a bit of class for this grade.”

The first juvenile race of the new UAE season, a 1200m maiden for 2yo fillies, was won in tidy fashion by Little Afrodite, a first UAE winner for promising young jockey Ray Dawson, riding in the colours of Abdullah Menahi for Ahmad bin Harmash, his main employer locally.

One of the fastest away, Dawson was content to bide his time in about third as firstly Dilmunia and then Shadzadi cut out the early running. With about 200m remaining, Dawason asked his filly for a challenge and she responded well, quickening to the front and pulling clear.

A daughter of Shackleford, she was purchased at Ocala as recently as June for $50,000 and made a very pleasing start to her career.

Dawson said: “Obviously I am delighted to get that first winner and it being for the boss makes it that bit more special.
“It was actually the first time I had sat on this filly but she apparently went very well in a trial so the yard were quietly confident.”

A tardy start was not enough to thwart Law Of Nature in a 1400m maiden for 3yos, the gelded son of Siyouni soon in contention under Omani jockey Al Moatasem Al Balushi, riding for his main local employer, Helal Alalawi in the colours of Rashid Al Shehhi & Tawfiq Mohd.

Thrice raced in late 2020 for Godolphin by Charlie Appleby when a close sixth on the Kempton all-weather was his bset effort, he made his stable debut in a 1600m Jebel Ali maiden a fortnight ago, finishing a well beaten third of five runners.

That Jebel Ali experience, race fitness gained and probably the 200m shorter trip all appear to have worked the oracle as this was a relatively smooth success.

Seven went to post for a 1000m maiden but six may as well have stayed at home with Royal Appointment storming clear once he hit the front passing the 400m marker.

Confidently ridden by Pat Dobbs for Doug Watson, Mohd Khalifa Al Basti’s 4yo Povotal gelding was a promising third on his UAE bow in February, over this 1000m course and distance but disappointed a month later stepped up to 1200m here at Jebel Ali.

Watson said: “He has been working well over sprint trips at home and that was very pleasing. He has benefitted from a summer here and you would hope he can build on that.
“We will have to see what there is for him but he clearly has the toe for 1000m but should stay 1200m, though probably not any further.”

The opening 1200m maiden, the only Purebred Arabian race on the card and restricted to 3yos foaled in the UAE, like so many races of its ilk, was won by a Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda homebred, partnered by the owner’s retained jockey, Tadhg O’Shea and saddled by Ernst Oertel.

They combined with AF Maqam, a colt having just his second career start and building on his debut fifth over 1000m at Sharjah just 13 days earlier.

Never far off the pace, O’Shea, initiating his double, grabbed the lead about halfway and the pair always looked to have matters under control thereafter.

The finale, a 1950m handicap, provided the perfect opportunity for Seemar to complete a double, this time combining with Antonio Fresu who kicked Dubai Canal clear in the final 250m.

A 6yo entire son of Nayef raced by Ailan Hamad Kadfoor Al Mehairi who was also a course and distance winner at the first Jebel Ali meeting of the season a fortnight ago.