Bay Willow has moved to Satish Seemar for the Dubai season, having
previously been trained by both Mark Johnston and Saeed Bin Suroor
Bay Willow makes Carnival case with win
Review: UAE, Thursday
Meydan: AW (Tapeta)
BAY WILLOW (Satish Seemar/Richard Mullen) will now be aimed at the staying races at the Meydan Carnival, which begins next Thursday, after he made virtually all the running to win the featured 1m6f handicap at Meydan on Thursday evening.
With only seven runners and no obvious pace in the race, Mullen took the bull by the horns soon after the start and was allowed to dictate a steady pace before quickening clear turning for home.
At that point, hot favourite Averroes (Ernst Oertel/Tadhg O'Shea), who won the same race last year, looked a big danger but he failed to pick up and he was reported to have bled after the race. It was left to Royaaty (Mubarak bin Shafya/Xavier Ziani) to chase the winner home - as he had done behind Averroes last year.
Mullen, who is riding in Saudi Arabia on Friday, said: "It was not particularly the plan to lead but nobody else was going to go on so we took a chance - luckily it worked!"
Bin Shafya may have been denied in the feature but combined with stable jockey Adrie De Vries to win the last two handicaps on the card. Both Busker (1m handicap) and Blue Tiger's Eye (7f handicap) looked in trouble halfway up the straight but De Vries was able to find numerous gaps on Busker to lead close home, before producing Blue Tiger's Eye with a withering straight run during which he passed all 15 of his rivals.
A delighted De Vries said: "Busker really enjoyed that hurly burly early in the straight and picked up well when the gaps opened. I rode Blue Tiger's Eye on dirt at Sharjah the other day and he produced nothing. He was a different horse today."
The first 7f handicap was won by Dan Chillingworth (Doug Watson/Ted Durcan) who denied Al Razi (Seemar/Marc Monaghan) in the final strides - although the result was initially announced the wrong way round.
Forevertheoptimist (Fawzi Nass/Kieren Fallon) and Blue Sea (Ali Rashid Al Raihe/Royston Ffrench) were the other winners in a 6f handicap and 1m maiden respectively.