AF Al Lijam highlights good day for LeMartinel
Eric Lemartinel, the French trainer dominated proceedings in Abu Dhabi last night, saddling half of the six winners, including first and second in the two races over 2,200m.
However, his treble was highlighted by AF Al Lijam who won the night's feature, the 1,600m Abu Dhabi Fillies' Classic under Gerald Avranche.
The pair prevailed in a photo finish and Avranche said: "I am really enjoying my visits from Qatar and Eric's horses have been running really well all season.
"It was only this filly's second start and she has improved a lot from her debut."
Lemartinel's Chase Me had earlier registered his third consecutive 2,200m victory in a handicap, defeating stablemate Rakeel to continue the trainer's great run.
Avranche, the winning jockey, said: "The horses have been running well all season and this one keeps improving. Hopefully there is more to come."
Avranche was on the wrong one in the following 2,200m maiden in which he finished fourth on Lemartinel's Sestamania. However, it was another big result for the trainer who again saddled the 1-2 with Tadhg O'Shea's mount AF Dhaham denying stable companion BH Obayan.
Avranche then completed his own treble when winning the concluding 1,400m maiden, the only Thoroughbred race, on the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Paschendale. The jockey said: "That is the perfect end to a great evening and my 10th Abu Dhabi winner this season."
Kung Fu is in great form and he won the opening 1,400m conditions race for trainer Saifaldin Deeb under jockey Chris Taylor.
He lost his maiden tag at Sharjah eight days previously and Taylor said: "He has had little racing and would appear to be improving.
"It was a close finish but I thought we had won and the photo confirmed that."
Pat Cosgrave and Jameel Salman combined to win the 1,400m handicap with Mahalli.
Published: December 20, 2010 04:00 AM