Jebel Ali: Treble Jig wins at his favourite racecourse againPICTURE: directoryoftheturf.com
Treble Jig wins another race on the Jebel Ali dirt
Report: UAE, Friday
Jebel Ali, Jebel Ali Stakes (Listed), 1m2f, 3yo+ dirt
Treble Jig (Musabah Al Muhairi/Wayne Smith) continued his Jebel Ali love affair with an emphatic victory in Friday's Jebel Ali Stakes - making it four wins from four starts at the track and a record- breaking second victory in the Listed race.
Having entered the record books last year by winning this race and completing an unprecedented double in the Jebel Ali Mile, he is now also the only horse to have won this race twice.
Having won the race by ten lengths last year, he just failed to emulate the winning distance but was still almost nine lengths clear at the line to the delight of Smith who said: "As I said two weeks ago when he won the prep race, he is just a completely different horse here at Jebel Ali; he just loves the dirt and when he hits that hill he just powers up it.
"We will be back in two weeks to try and win the Mile again before looking for something at the Meydan Carnival."
Connections later doubled up with their 2012 Jebel Ali Sprint winner Russian Rock an easy winner in the concluding 5f handicap.
Haatheq (Ali Rashid Al Raihe/Paul Hanagan) will renew rivalry with Treble Jig in a fortnight after his win in the prep race for the Jebel Ali Mile, a race he chased him home in last year, as well as finishing second to him in the prep race for the Jebel Ali Stakes a fortnight ago.
He was made to work hard and Hanagan said: "He did it well enough in the end and responded well when the runner-up came to us. We will be back in a fortnight for the Mile."
Tadhg O'Shea rode the other two thoroughbred winners with Al Razi (Satish Seemar) and Capital Attraction easy winners of a 6f and 7f handicap respectively.