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The New Maharaja rules in Jebel Ali
January 13, 2018
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DUBAI: Debutants winning feature races are a rarity but that is exactly what happened at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon when The New Maharaja was probably never headed under Tadhg O’Shea in the 1000m conditions race for three-year-olds, the official highlight on the card.

Trained by Satish Seemar, who also purchased the son of Morning Line at Ocala last April for $70,000, the striking grey colt clearly knew what was expected of him and, having taken a few strides to get balanced, was soon at the head of affairs. At halfway, he was stalked by his stable companions, Circle Dream and J Be Space, who both looked big dangers, along with Goldenground and Arroway but, passing the 300m pole, he kicked clear, burning those rivals off in a few strides.

Always in control afterwards, he did perhaps tire close home with Waqqad and Meqdaam, both trained by Rashed Bouresly, staying on strongly on their first racecourse appearances. Seemar said: “Who knows, he may live up to his name in his category! It is particularly satisfying to see a young horse like him, who we bought ourselves, win like that, especially first time.”

The meeting concluded with a 1200m maiden and, for the vast majority of the race, it looked like a winning debutant double for Seemar with Lavaspin in front under Richard Mullen almost from the outset. However, he tired close home and was collared by Loures, opening his account at the fifth attempt and fourth locally. Ridden by Fernando Jara, he is trained by Maria Ritchie .

Fresh from a Meydan double on Thursday’s opening night of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival, trainer Salem bin Ghadayer was immediately in the Jebel Ali winner’s enclosure, saddling Bois De Boulogne to win the opening 1800m handicap under Xavier Ziani. Settled in midfield, Ziani asked his mount to close halfway up the long straight and the pair pounced on Au Coeur, who had led for most of the way under Richard Mullen, 300m from home. Ziani’s mount, Bois De Boulogne, who had finished second over the same course and distance at the previous meeting two weeks ago, behind stable companion Aslan, powered away to win comfortably from Au Coeur who stayed on well for second.

A winner once for Godolphin and John Gosden, from three starts in England, this was his fourth outing in the UAE.

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