Dubai: Treble Jig claimed another significant piece of UAE racing history on Friday when he won the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, the first ever Group race staged at the course in its 21-year history.
The Musabah Al Muhairi-trained six-year-old was already responsible for re-writing records at the track last season where he became the first horse to complete the Jebel Ali Stakes and Jebel Ali Mile double.
And now, Treble Jig can boast of being the first horse to complete the unique racecourse double in successive years following his heart-stopping win over traditional rival Haatheq on Friday.
Formerly trained by Sir Michael Stoute in the UK for owner by Jaber Abdulla, Treble Jig was acquired by Dubai-based Libyan businessman Fathi Esaed Mohammad Egziama at the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales in 2011 for just £11,000 (Dh61,919). He has since earned a whopping Dh 1,483.002 primarily due to the five victories he has stockpiled at Jebel Ali Racecourse.
“He’s been a really special horse as as everyone knows he hasn’t been all that easy to train, but now he’s more the finished article,” said jockey Wayne Smith who has partnered Treble Jig in all his victories. “We don’t have too many Carnival horses but to have a horse of his capability who can come and set track records, it’s very special for us. “Obviously he’s a local hero for the crowds and he’s great for racing.”
“It’s great to see owners like Fathi come racing and hopefully we can get others to follow. You need to have a good horse but it encourages them to go on and buy some more.”
While Smith also revealed that the Carnival was the next likely target for Treble Jig he also indicated that they might attempt an audacious clean sweep of all the three major races run at Jebel Ali by taking in the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint next month.
“We’re looking at the Firebreak Stakes or a handicap at Meydan, but we’re also playing with the idea of coming back here for the five furlong sprint. We’ll do some testing at home but even if we do come back we’ve got nothing to loose. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him. So if he does turn up don’t be surprised.”
Treble Jig’s win provided the icing on the cake for Al Muhairi who was a quadruple winning form at Jebel Ali on Friday. The Oasis Stable-based handler also scored wins with Special Boy in a 1200m handicap, Youm Mutamiez in a 1400m Conditions event and with Suited And Booted in a 1400m handicap.
“It’s a great feeling to win four races and particularly the Jebel Ali Mile with Treble Jig,” said the Emirati handler. “And to do it in front of a record crowd at Jebel Ali makes it even more special.”