Banner day for Interpret as Musabah Al Muhairi tallies four wins at Jebel Ali Racecourse

Muarrab ‘certainly delivered’ in his return after a year off with the help from stable jockey Silvestre De Sousa at Jebel Ali Racecourse in Dubai.
With jockey Silvestre De Sousa aboard, Interpret, left, runs away from the competition in the Jebel Ali Stakes Prep in Dubai on Friday. Antonie Robertson / The National
With jockey Silvestre De Sousa aboard, Interpret, left, runs away from the competition in the Jebel Ali Stakes Prep in Dubai on Friday. Antonie Robertson / The National

Jebel Ali // Trainer Musabah Al Muhairi has trained plenty of Jebel Ali winners in recent years and added four more to his tally on Friday afternoon, highlighted by the victories of Interpret and Muarrab in the two main races.

Stable jockey Silvestre De Sousa was aboard three of them and he also visited the winner’s enclosure on four occasions.

The official feature, the 1,800 metres Jebel Ali Stakes Prep, was won by Interpret, winner of last year’s Listed Jebel Ali Stakes, over 1,950m, for the same pair.

The horse had hardly raised a gallop at Meydan on his seasonal return last week but clearly relishes the Jebel Ali hill.

De Sousa said: “He really goes well here and that was a good performance. He badly needed his run last week and was a fitter horse today.

“We will be back in two weeks to defend our crown in the Jebel Ali Stakes itself.”

Big race aspirations were dashed last season for stable companion Muarrab who returned after 12 months off to win the main support race, a 1,200m conditions event he also won last year.

The Dubai Carnival and Jebel Ali Sprint later in the season look tailor made for Al Muhairi’s charge – but he will rarely have the assistance of De Sousa as he is owned by Sheikh Hamdan who retains both Paul Hanagan (injured) and Dane O’Neill (third here on Fityaan, also trained by Al Muhairi).

De Sousa said: “Muarrab looked a really exciting sprinter here last season but sadly missed the last three months of the season. He was in good form at home and we hoped for a big run. He certainly delivered.”

De Sousa was also in the saddle on Silver Galaxy, the wide margin winner of an 1,800m handicap who was following up his 1,600m maiden victory of two weeks earlier. The Brazilian jockey said: “He ran well in both his first two starts before winning well last time. This was a better race and he was impressive.”

Apprentice George Buckell was aboard Al Muhairi’s fourth winner, Daar Rashid, who showed a tenacious attitude to land the concluding 1,200m handicap. In front most of the way, the pair were headed 300m from home, only to fight back and lead again in the final 100m.

Buckell said: “Full credit to the horse as he has really had to battle to get back in front where it mattered.”

De Sousa and Dere’A Al Jazeera had earlier landed the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, a 1,400m conditions contest, for trainer Saifaldin Deeb.

Doug Watson’s string have been in great form all season and his Okimono ws far too good for seven rivals in a 1400m maiden. Pat Dobbs was in the saddle on the horse who had been off the track since September 2011 when second in a Goodwood maiden for Godolphin.

Watson said: “He is a horse we like but has had a few niggling problems. It would be nice to think he has more to offer down the line.”

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Published: December 26, 2014 04:00 AM

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