Paul Hanagan: made virtually every yard of the running on NawwaarPICTURE: Getty Images
Hanagan on the mark again with Nawwaar
Report: Meydan, Saturday
THE only turf race, a 1m handicap, was the feature at Meydan on Saturday evening and Paul Hanagan made virtually every yard of the running on Nawwaar, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, who opened his UAE account at the second attempt.
Hanagan explained: "I liked this horse in England and he broke well and was keen to get on with it so I was happy to go to the front and we enjoyed an easy lead. He then quickened well and did it nicely."
First reserve Maltese Cat took advantage of two non-runners to open his account at the sixth time of asking with Dane O'Neill in the saddle for Musabah Al Muhairi in the opening 7f maiden and they combined to win the concluding handicap over the same distance with Discoverer, who prevailed in a blanket finish.
That was a treble for the jockey after Doug Watson supplied the 1-2-3 in the 1m3f handicap, with O'Neill and Udabaa denying stable companion Storm Belt close home with Mark To Market running on to complete the tricast for the trainer.
O'Neill said: "Obviously it has been a good evening and the season as a whole has gone well."
Of his trifecta, Watson added: "That is actually the second time we have managed that in a handicap here this year and we knew all three had chances. It is a shame in some ways but it looked the right race for all of them."
Irish apprentice Marc Monaghan continues to impress and produced Al Razi to lead close home in the following 6f handicap for his main local employer Satish Seemar ann Monaghan said: "This horse seems to be improving and can hopefully do so again. I am enjoying this opportunity and need to thank everyone who has made it possible."
Former champion jockey Ted Durcan was at his very best on Rebel Song, who made all in a handicap over an extended 1m1f for trainer Mubarak bin Shafya.