“This horse has plenty of speed and a touch of class, so is a really nice ride for a jockey. He is a nice sort.”
Ffrench denied Mickael Barzalona in that race and repeated the trick aboard Firnas in a 1900m dirt handicap, the Jebel Ali Port, the pair denying the Frenchman aboard McFancy as the Bin Ghadayer team celebrated a second 1-2 on the card. A gelded son of Dubawi owned by Ahmad Ghalita Almheiri, the 8-year-old was posting his third consecutive victory and remains unbeaten this season after a pair of 2000m dirt Meydan victories, a handicap and, most notably, the Listed The Entisar.
“He has always worked like a good, honest horse and is really showing on a racecourse what he shows us at home," said Bin Ghadayer.
Gervais continued the fine form of Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, who celebrated a Meydan treble last Thursday, with a smooth success under stable jockey Connor Beasley, in double form seven days ago, in a 1400m dirt handicap, the P & O Marinas.
The JAFZA, a 2410m turf handicap, was won easily by Godolphin’s Global Heat, always travelling well under Pat Cosgrave riding for Saeed bin Suroor and able to record a second career success at just the eighth attempt on this, his seasonal debut.
“He is a nice horse and we were keen to try him over 2400m and there is a carnival race for him in four weeks, but he will stay further as well so we have options," said Bin Suroor.
The finale, a 1400m turf handicap, the Mina Rashid, provided the perfect opportunity for Ismail Mohammed to open his account for the season, with Wasim, who he also owns, landing the spoils despite refusing to settle for Mickael Barzalona.