Dane O’Neill hopes for more progression aboard Shaishee at Meydan

Peter Ward 4/12/2014
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Hoping for the win: O'Neill (red cap).

Only seven have been declared for the featured 1,600m conditions race at Meydan on Thursday evening, with Dane O’Neill electing to ride Shaishee. 

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Silvestre De Sousa was in the saddle four weeks ago when Shaishee pulverised nine rivals over 1,400m at Meydan’s first meeting on their new dirt surface. 

O’Neill said: “He lost his maiden tag in a Jebel Ali handicap last season and then ran some great races in defeat, including a third in the Jebel Ali Sprint.

“He kept on improving and seems to still be going the right way.”

Stable companion Modern History, making his dirt debut and the mount of De Sousa, will be a big danger.

Satish Seemar and Richard Mullen are not represented in the main race but have combined to win five of the 12 Meydan races so far this season. Having only had 11 mounts, Mullen boasts an enviable strike rate and three of their Meydan winners this season are back in action. 

These are headed by Genius Step, a 1,200m handicap winner four weeks ago who bids to repeat that feat on Thursday. 

Mullen said: “He is a horse we have always liked and we hope he is a Carnival horse. This is a tougher task than a month ago but he 
remains in good form.”

He was chased home last time by The Taj, trained by Doug Watson and the mount of O’Neill, and it would be no surprise if they fight out the finish again

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De Souza claims a brace at Al Ain meeting

Peter Ward 22/11/2014
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Double delight: Silvestre De Sousa.

Former Godolphin jockey Silvestre De Sousa, recently appointed stable jockey to Musabah Al Muhairi, was in double form at Al Ain yesterday.

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His brace was highlighted by the victory of Maltese Cat in a 1,400m handicap, the only Thoroughbred contest on the card.

De Sousa and his new boss had combined to win the concluding race at Meydan on Thursday, and the Brazilian jockey said: “It has been a good start to the new job and hopefully there is a good season ahead. We have some nice horses in the yard and hopefully there are plenty more winners to come.”

The jockey completed a double, steering Ubu Al Mels to victory in the concluding 1,000m handi­cap to the delight of trainer Mohd Ramadan.

The official feature was a 1,600m conditions race and Royston Ffrench drove Ghalib to a narrow victory for trainer Majed Al Ja­houri.

They led close home to deny Pat Dobbs aboard Haajeb, saddled by Yousif Al Bloushi.

Another trainer to saddle a one-two was Helal Al Alawi with George Buckell and Alizee Du Bibal pre­vailing in a very close photo finish from Tadhg O’Shea aboard Mazaha.

MH Lazzaz is a maiden no more, having finally won, at the 22nd attempt, in a 1,400m handicap with Xavier Ziani performing the steer­ing. It was a third UAE winner for trainer, Elise Jeanne, and a second this season.

A delighted trainer said: “We have made a good start to the sea­son and this horse deserves a win after some decent efforts in defeat.”

The meeting opened with a 1,600m handicap and Richard Mul­len continued his excellent start to the campaign with victory on Sab­baq for trainer Jaber Bittar.

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Prince Harry captains Sentebale team to glory at Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club in Abu Dhabi

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Prince Harry arrives in Abu Dhabi for his annual Sentebale Polo Cup.

Yesterday evening British Royal Prince Harry captained his Sentebale Huntsman team to victory in Abu Dhabi during a match that was held at the Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club, under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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The young prince scored a goal as his team defeated St. Regis team 5-4 under floodlights in the evening match.

The Prince's charity Sentebale, which provides healthcare and education for children affected with HIV/AIDS in the African nation of Lesotho, raises funds to help children and young people in Losotho live a better quality life with the virus.

A host of famous faces including British pop-star Geri Halliwell and her new fiancé Christian Horner of Red Bull were there to support the Prince's charity and cheer the teams on.

Harry's Sentebale Huntsman team played against Argentinean polo legend Nacho Figueras who was captain of the St. Regis team.

Despite playing against professionals Harry was named Most Valuable Player after his team galloped to victory.

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