Bochart wins Jebel Ali Racecourse final, Ffrench takes advantage of double
Bochart, ridden by Fernado Jara, races towards the finish line to win the 1600m handicap at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Saturday. Courtesy of ERA
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Jebel Ali’s penultimate game of the season was officially marked with a 1600m handicap and the admirable Bochart found his way back to victory, probably never led under Fernado Jara in the colors of the Al team. Bait Mutawahed for Bhupat Seemar.
A 9-year-old Dubawi gelding, he was winning for the ninth time, all in the United Arab Emirates and for the third time at Jebel Ali, his previous success on the course having been obtained in January 2017. He has won five times at Meydan since, the most recently over 1400m last April.
Pat Dobbs and King Of The Nite were convincing winners of a 1400m maiden for Doug Watson and Rockingham Ranch, with the 4-year-old gelding winning the fifth time but just second since joining the American handler.
With all 16 riders spread out on the track, Dobbs was able to keep pace on the furthest rail before resuming racing about 400m from home with the race soon to safety.
A field of 16 may have contested a 1400m handicap, but Honorable Justice proved far too good under Royston Ffrench, sporting Faiuz Jamil Al Turkumani’s silks for Salem bin Ghadayer.
Conceding weight to all but one of his 15 rivals, the 6-year-old full son of Majesticperfection doubled his career tally after landing a 1,200m handicap, here at Jebel Ali, in December 2020.
The trainer and jockey scored a double in the first 1950m final, November’s first for Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, soon leading and in charge throughout the final 450m to make it a third chance after two appearances at Meydan. A 3-year-old Bernardini colt, he clearly relished this endurance event.
Previously a maiden after 12 starts, Dignity Joy rectified that in style under Antonio Fresu in a 1200m handicap for Musabbeh Al Mheiri in Elbashir Salem Elhrari’s red and white stripes.
A 4-year-old colt from Kitten’s Joy, he earned second and third place on his CV, but he actually won it relatively comfortably after accelerating in style with around 400m to go.
A second, lesser 1600m handicap saw Bernardo Pinheiro and Alla Mahlak clinch the spoils for Rashed Bouresly and the Bouresly Racing Syndicate.
The pair swept forward as they entered the final 200 yards and never looked likely to be denied what was a third career success, all at Jebel Ali. for Kitten’s Joy’s entire 6 year old son. His two previous victories were over 1400m, the most recent at the start of January.
The only Purebred Arabian race on the card, the opening 1400m handicap for locally born horses, proved a straightforward task for AF Kal Noor and Tadhg O’Shea, wearing the colors of his main employer, Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and the owner’s head trainer. , Ernst Oertel.
Never far behind, O’Shea took the initiative just after halfway and his mount quickly got rid of ten hardworking rivals to win easily.