Antinori holds off Malekov at the line to win feature at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club

The thoroughbred feature race at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday night was won by Antinori, who triumphed in a photo finish from Malekov.
Trainer Ernst Oertel saddled a pair of winners on December 14 at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. Christopher Pike / The National
Trainer Ernst Oertel saddled a pair of winners on December 14 at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. Christopher Pike / The National

Abu Dhabi // The thoroughbred feature race at Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday night was won by Antinori, who triumphed in a photo finish from Malekov.

Antinori, trained by Satish Seemar and ridden by stable jockey Richard Mullen, doubled his UAE tally, having also won over 1,900 metres at Meydan Racecourse last season.

“He ran really well here two weeks ago when he was just denied, perhaps without the best luck in running at the time,” Mullen said. “Things worked out better today, and I think he deserved that win.”

Having suffered a perhaps surprising defeat at Al Ain three weeks ago, the Ernst Oertel-trained Molahen El Alhan bounced back to winning ways in the 1,600m handicap, ridden confidently by Tadhg O’ Shea.

Champion trainer Oertel wasted little time in registering a double, but this time it was Royston Ffrench in the saddle aboard Richly Blessed.

“Any chance to ride for this team is a good one,” Ffrench said. “Connections were reasonably positive coming into the race, and that confidence has been justified.”

The opening 1,400m maiden was won convincingly by Nizam Al Ghariba.

Haanoof, a 1,600m winner in November for trainer Yousif Al Bloushi, doubled his career tally when finishing first in the 2,200m conditions contest.

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Published: December 14, 2014 04:00 AM

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