Bouresly takes out Meydan feature
Ajwad, ridden by Bernardo Pinheiro, wins the 1,600-metre Zabeel Trophy, sponsored by Emirates airline. Image Credit: Dubai Racing Club

Dubai: Trainer-owner Rashed Bouresly’s best ever UAE racing season continued unabated when the enthusiastic Kuwaiti took out the Zabeel Trophy sponsored by Emirates Airline, the feature event at Meydan’s first post Dubai World Cup race meeting on Friday evening.

Bouresly sent out his 11th winner of the term when Ajwad, ridden confidently by Bernardo Pinheiro made all to win the 1,600 metre turf event in convincing fashion.

Favourite Above N Beyond was 4½ lengths back in third under Connor Beasley with Almoreb, the mount of Fernando Jar, a short-head third.

Pinheiro, who was riding his 10th winner of the season. said: “He is a super horse and definitely a favourite of mine who I have now won on twice from just three efforts and, if Super Saturday was a week later, he would have been third behind Blue Point with a bit more time between races.

“He had enjoyed a nice break before today and I was always confident because I knew I was travelling strongly,” he added.

“This is a (Dubai World Cup) Carnival horse for next year.”

Beasely, who has enjoyed a profitable season with Emirati handler Ahmad Bin Harmas, rode a blinder aboard Rockey Power to deny Richard Mullen and Riflescore in the Emirates Skywards. The six-year-old gelded son of Kyllachy was registering his fifth victory of the season.

Beasley said: “He has just been brilliant this season and all credit to both the horse and the yard because he has been on the go since the start of November and had already run ten times before tonight,” Beasley said. “He was a 1,200m winner at Jebel Ali last year and has plenty of speed. Once we hit the front, I knew he would run all the way to the line, as he stays further.”