Sharjah: Bin Shamardal recorded his second successive victory at the Sharjah Equestrian Club when he put in an impressive display to win the feature race of the day yesterday — the Rajsaman Cup sponsored by Cassells Real Estate.
The four-year-old son of Shamardal looks like a horse on the rise after sweeping home by a length and three quarters in the 2000 metre contest for thoroughbreds under champion jockey Wayne Smith.
Musabah Al Muhairi's colt won over course and distance two weeks ago and replicated the feat to beat the Pat Cosgrave-ridden Bawadi, while fancied Florentine Ruler was narrowly touched off in a three-horse scramble to the line.
"He's a really nice horse who seems to have come on this season," said Al Muhairi. "He's run some good races, but this was perhaps his best. He clearly likes the track here but we will have to see if he can reproduce this form on the Tapeta at Meydan."
Smith was completing a double having won the opener, a Purebred Arabian contest over 1700m aboard the
Julio Peromingo-trained AF Beladi. The duo scored by a length and a half from Ghateef W'Rsan, trained in Abu Dhabi by Jaci Wickham. It was Tunisian handler Peromingo's third win of the season.
One of the most impressive winners on the day was the Doug Watson-trained Redden who streaked home six lengths clear of the runner-up Pasquino, to land the Big Easy Cup for maidens.