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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 17 January 2021

'Phenomenal' Tailor’s Row is pick of Salem bin Ghadayer's hat-trick at Jebel Ali

Jockey Ffrench takes charge from start to seal most valuable handicap prize of the seven-race card

Royston Ffrench guides Tailor’s Row to victory at Jebel Ali. Courtesy Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre
Royston Ffrench guides Tailor’s Row to victory at Jebel Ali. Courtesy Dubai Horse Racing Information Centre

Salem bin Ghadayer took the spotlight at the Jebel Ali meeting on Friday by saddling three winners.

The pick of them for the Emirati trainer was Tailor’s Row in the most valuable handicap prize of the seven-race card.

The stable jockey Royston Ffrench took the lead with his familiar front-running and held on to that lead gamely to win from Dark Of Night by two and-a-quarter lengths.

“He’s is an old boy in the stables but one of the most consistent horses when it comes to racing,” Bin Ghadayer said of the seven-year-old Street Cry gelding.

“He has now won six times and finished runner-up six times in 16 local starts. He has been phenomenal this season with three wins after finishing runner-up on his reappearance.”

Ffrench completed bin Ghadayer's treble on Hurry Up, with the three-year-old colt by Blame breaking his maiden tag in his second start.

Miracle Maker was the first of the three wins for Bin Ghadayer. The three-year-old Paynter colt made it two wins in four starts for the season under Xavier Ziani.

He raced prominently throughout the 1,950-metre sprint to win by five lengths from Cranesbill with Al Barez a further neck behind in third.

“He definitely is a better horse this season,” Ziani said. “His entire body has changed this season. He won very easily in Al Ain, and after that, he was second here behind Tailor’s Row.

“Today, it was an easy race for him and proved even with a top weight of 61.5kg he could do it. He is a progressive horse and I don’t know where he would end up. After this win, I’m sure he will be even better next season.

“He can have a long career if everything goes well. He loves this track and loves the track in Al Ain. I’m sure he will do well at Meydan too.”

Tadhg O’Shea dominated on Satish Seemar’s Mazagran to take the next. The UAE champion jockey was quickly out of gate 11 and raced along the near rails to come home three lengths clear of Arabian Moon.

“He was bought at the Dubai Sales and he always been a very impressive-looking, nice big strong horse,” Seemar said of the War Front colt.

“Of late, he has been training forward. He’s shown his true work and slightly better than that too.”

Updated: January 8, 2021 05:13 PM

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