William Buick: heads towards Carnival in good form after treblePICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
William Buick in treble triumph at Jebel Ali
Report, UAE, Friday
WITH just under three weeks to the 2010 Dubai International Racing Carnival and the opening of Meydan, plenty of clues were offered at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon by the UAE-based trainers.
Proceedings were dominated by the 'home team', with William Buick partnering half of the six winners for trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam in the famous yellow colours of their main patron Sheikh Ahmed.
Pride of place went to Otaared, who won the featured 7f conditions race in impressive fashion and was able to concede weight to all 11 rivals in the process, including stable companion Law Lord, who chased him home to give the yard a one-two.
Thirty minutes later it was Mofarij who easily landed the spoils in a 6f handicap, before Airbuss made it three races on the bounce in a 1m handicap.
The first pair will be Carnival bound and Buick said: "Otaared is a horse I have always really liked and was able to bounce back here after disappointing slightly last time. He was always travelling strongly today and can hopefully carry on improving.
"We though Mofarij would win last season, but he has taken a while to reacclimatise, so that was pleasing. He was a Godolphin winner in the past and now he has won again hopefully he can go on."
Also heading for the Carnival is Blues Ballad (Satish Seemar/Richard Mullen), who won the 1m1f handicap in good style, as he had done over 1m at the previous meeting.
Mullen said: "He was a horse we had high hopes for last season but, after a winning debut, he struggled a little bit.
"He has progressed nicely over the summer, though, and there could be more to come."
Happy Dubai (Ali Rashid Al Raihe/Royston Ffrench) and Atlantic Brave (Musabah Al Muhairi/Wayne Smith) won a conditions race and maiden, both over 6f.