Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum owned four of the six winners on Friday at Jebel Ali, trained by three different conditioners, leading the way home up the hill. Enery got the day start for William Twiston-Davies, the first win in the UAE for the UK-based rider. The colt was our on-top selection in his prior run at Abu Dhabi, but the son of Teofilo, bred by Ceka Ireland Ltd., landed the spoils over Touch Gold. Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, Enery was put up six pounds for the narrow win.
Lathkaf earned his fourth win of 2013 from eight starts in the second event, defeating a well-matched field by a length. An unrated maiden this time last year, the Darley-bred Pivotal gelding was promoted to a mark of 85 following Friday’s tally.
Formerly with Godolphin, Yaa Wayl made his ninth start in the UAE his first winning one, off top weights and a 101 rating, taking Friday’s third race by an extended length for the Jebel Ali home team of Dhruba Selvaratnam and jockey James Doyle. Bred in Ireland by Ballylinch Stud, the son of Whipper seems aimed at the Dubai World Cup Carnival off this success, pushed up to a 106 rating.
Apprentice Noel Garbutt earned his first win in the UAE aboard Erwan Charpy trainee Crackdown in the fourth, the first of three consecutive wins for the owner. Amazingly, it was the only success for the Irish-bred son of Refuse To Bend since 2009 at Ripon.
Storm Belt is now Carnival eligible after winning the fifth race handicap over Izaaj. Pushed to a rating of 97, up from 91, this son of More Than Ready, bred in America by Darley, was in a tough spot last time when trapped on the outside rail by Mutajare, who came back to run third in this spot. That win was followed by Doug Watson’s ninth of the season, with Henry Clay. The master at Red Stables had only 17 wins last season, but a host of placings, and is now more than half-way to that number. Both horses are pictured below.
Racing resumes in the UAE on Sunday at Abu Dhabi.