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Jig bounces back to winning ways at Jebel Ali
Report: UAE, Friday
Jebel Ali: Jebel Ali Stakes (Listed), 1m2f, dirt, 3yo+
TREBLE JIG (Musabah Al Muhairi/Wayne Smith) bounced back to winning ways when causing a 25-1 upset in Friday afternoon's Jebel Ali Stakes. An impressive winner on the Abu Dhabi turf on his UAE debut, Treble Jig returned to winning ways having disappointed at Meydan on Tapeta on his last start.
The firstof three Listed races on the track each season was turned into a procession by Smith's mount, who is proving a bargain 11,000gns purchase out of Sir Michael Stoute's yard with this race alone was worth £44,092 to the winner.
A five-year-old Juddmonte-bred son of Gone West, this was only his 11th career start and his first on dirt. As he had done at Abu Dhabi, he made virtually every yard of the running under Smith who did not move on him until Emmrooz, bidding to become the first horse to win this race twice having won it last year, loomed up going well under William Buick two furlongs out.
Smith shook the reins at Treble Jig bounded clear to win by 10 lengths. Smith said: "His pedigreeoffered every hope he would like the dirt and he has. You could ignore his Meydan effort when he was far too keen over a trip probably too far and he was impressive at Abu Dhabi before that.
"Our horses are running into form and we were hopeful coming into the race but I don't think we could have expected him to win like that.
"He was only rated 89 going into the race so we will have to see what the handicapper does but hopefully, as he seems very versatile with regards to ground conditions, there should be plenty of options for him."
Trainer and jockey and completed a double when Youm Mutamiez won the concluding 7f handicap, denying UAE debutant Steed (DougWatson/Tadhg O'Shea).
Watson and O'Shea had earlier combined to land a double with Kilt Rock, completing a four-timer on the track this season, in the opening 6f handicap before Fares made a winning return to action in the 1mhandicap.
O'Shea said: "I have made a great start to the season and hopefully can continue throughout the campaign. Doug's horses have been running well from November and he has always done well at Jebel Ali.
"Kilt Rock has been a revelation this season - that is actually my first win on him, while Fares has been a great servant to the yard over many years.
Satish Seemar and Richard Mullen were also in double form and the Jebel Ali Mile in a fortnight awaits He'sminenotyours who won the 1m prep race from Happy Today (Al Muhairi/Smith).
Mullen said: "He was very impressive here last time over 7f and we knew if he stayed he would go close. He has certainly stayed well as they went quick and he has had to fight hard to hold off the runner-up. Hopefully we will be back for the Mile itself in a fortnight."
On War initiated their double when outstaying his rivals in a 1m2f maiden.