Apprentice Harry Bentley reaches double figures
Report: UAE, Thursday
APPRENTICE Harry Bentley made it ten for the campaign in the 1m6f handicap, the longest ever race on the Meydan Tapeta.
With Kerashan setting a scorching pace, Bentley was happy to take his time and eased Achill Bay, trained by Satish Seemar, to the front a furlong out.
Harry Bentley: double figuresPICTURE: Getty
The jockey said: "The good gallop really suited him and the field really strung out. I won on him on the Abu Dhabi turf last time and he stays well and is versatile."
Those at the bottom of the weights dominated the second 1m handicap in which veryfew were ever able to land a blow.
Bentley tried to make all on Seemar's Stalking Shadow, only to be denied close home by Jesus Rosales on the Abdulla bin Huzaim-trained Saboteur. Rosales said: "We went a good gallop and he picked up nicely close home."
Seemar was not to be denied a brace though and stable jockey Richard Mullen was in the saddle on Radegund Abbey who won the concluding 1m2f handicap.
Also in double form was Stephane Chevalier who may only have a small string here in the UAE but provided the opening two winners courtesy of Strecker in the opening maiden and Ceedwell in the following handicap.
Both races were over 6f and Gregory Benoist partnered both, his first and second winners in the UAE and giving him a 50% strike rate having only ridden twice here before.
Chevalier was delighted: "We put the visor on Ceedwell and dropped her back to sprinting and it has worked perfectly. Strecker will be better over further and hopefully we can find another race for him."
Ceedwell had finished third in the 2009 Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes when trained by Bryan Smart. Wayne Smith is clearly hopeful Zafeen Speed has a big future after his win in the 1m handicap from stable companion Fantastic Dubai, riddenby his brother David.
Both are trained by Musabah Al Muhairi and Wayne Smith said: "Hopefully this is one of our Carnival horses for next year. He is still a big baby and learning all the time."