Russian Rock scores again at favourite track
Report: UAE, Friday
RUSSIAN ROCK (Musabah Al Muhairi/Wayne Smith), winner of the two most recent renewals of the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, recorded his eighth course win and seventh at the minimum 5f when proving too good for six rivals in a conditions race.
Making his seasonal debut and conceding weight all round he won well and will be targeted at an unprecedented third Jebel Ali Sprint in March - he is only the second horse to have won it twice.
Smith said: "That was a nice surprise really as he normally needs that first run back and was giving weight to some decent sprinters. The Jebel Ali Sprint is the obvious one but he has good form at Meydan on turf and Tapeta so the carnival will provide options."
Earlier, stable companion Funon (Dane O'Neill) broke the track record in a 7f handicap, having won on this day last year over 1m1f.
Farrier (Satish Seemar/Richard Mullen) won the official feature, a conditions race over an extended 1m1f, the highlight of a treble for the jockey and four for trainer.
In-form Mullen, who rode a double in Qatar on Thursday and won on his sole mount there on Wednesday, said: "We have always liked Farrier and the Jebel Ali Stakes, over today's course and distance, has to be his first big target - especially with Treble Jig in Saudi Arabia and not able to defend his title."
Moonlight Dahs, in a 1m handicap, and Calculated, in the concluding 6f maiden, were the jockeys other two winners, with apprentice Marc Monaghan aboard Gold Pearl, winning a 7f handicap on the card for a second year running.