Pink Polo Day signalled the return of exciting polo action to the magnificent Ghantoot Racing and Polo Club's grounds as Ghantoot A and Ghantoot B teams locked horns in a pulsating clash on Friday.
A Doug Watson-trained Galvanize sprinted to a facile victory under jockey Nathan Crosse at the Dhs200,000 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Cup, a 1700m handicap and the only Thoroughbred race on the six-card meeting.
The third fixture of the Jebel Ali season on Friday afternoon officially featured a 1000m conditions contest for 3-year-olds and it proved the perfect opportunity for Raahy to double his career tally and open his local account in the process.
He captioned the photos, “With the champions Ghaiyyath 🐎 and Pinatubo🐎 💙 @godolphin 💙…”
The race is held with the support of the Sharjah Sports Council with Longines as the official sponsor and media sponsorship of Sharjah TV, with the strong participation of purebred Arabian horses, local production horses and purebred hybrid horses, with a total of 75 horses.
A 9yo Dubawi gelding, he was winning for the ninth time, all in the UAE and for a third time at Jebel Ali, his previous course success having been achieved in January 2017. He has won five times at Meydan since, most recently over 1400m last April.
Having just his fifth career start, in a contest restricted to 4yos and 5yos born in the UAE, the Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda homebred trained by Ernst Oertel, hit the front in the final 200m but had to dig deep to deny challenges from Yas Xmnsor and Hakaam.
Prepared by this season’s UAE champion trainer-to-be Bhupat Seemar, Switzerland recorded one of the most popular victories of the night — at least judging by the Meydan crowd reaction — with a roar erupting when Tadhg O’Shea pulled the local hope out to the centre of the track.
“This was his first time running this well on firm ground and in the past he’s run well on softer ground, so taking him over to Europe is high on his to-do list. We’d like to head to Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.”