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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 9 March 2021

Satish Seemar and Salem bin Ghadayer at the double in Meydan

Twelfthofneverland won back-to-back prizes, returning to the track after 18 months

Nathan Crosse atop Twelfthofneverland is led into the paddock after winning the fifth race at Meydan. Courtesy Erika Rasmussen / Dubai Racing Club
Nathan Crosse atop Twelfthofneverland is led into the paddock after winning the fifth race at Meydan. Courtesy Erika Rasmussen / Dubai Racing Club

Trainers Satish Seemar and Salem bin Ghadayer saddled a double each at Meydan on Saturday.

Seemar rounded off the six-race card by taking the two concluding handicaps with Twelfthofneverland under Irish apprentice Nathan Cross and Moshaher with Harry Bentley in the saddle.

Twelfthofneverland was winning back-to-back prizes, returning to the track after 18 months.

“Nathan has done well after missing the break and did not panic.” Seemar said after the five-year-old came from last to first to take the dirt handicap over the mile trip.

“We were not sure dropping to 1,600 metres would suit, but they went quick which has really helped. I would imagine we will go back to 2,000m next time.”

Seemar completed the double, combining with Bentley who was never far off the speed aboard Moshaher, the pair well on top after hitting the front entering the final 200m.

“He has actually done that in good style and showed plenty of dash, as well as a liking for turf,” Bentley said.

“They went very quick, as you would expect, which has helped because we know he stays further. I was impressed.”

Bin Ghadayer and Mickael Barzalona bagged the opener and third race with Jumeirah Beach and Book Review both in the silks of Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid.

“We have always liked this filly and are delighted to see her get her head in front,"" Bin Ghadayer said of Jumeirah Beach's first win in four local starts.

“She has plenty of speed as we have seen in the past, but she stayed that longer trip well although that is probably far enough for the time being. We might go back to 1,400m even.”

Book Review completed the double by taking the 2,200m dirt handicap, turning the race into a procession.

As with their earlier winner, Barzalona was soon setting the fractions, always seemingly content out in front in an uncontested lead, before pressing the button early in the straight.

The race was soon in safekeeping with nine rivals left toiling, One Vision running on to finish a distant second ahead of Meqdam with the track record smashed.

“The team were expecting a good run today and he certainly has not disappointed,” Barzalona said of the four-year-old Dubawi gelding.

“I was always happy out in front before he quickened and then stayed on strongly.”

Updated: January 30, 2021 11:12 PM

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