Over 1200m on dirt, the surface on which the whole card was staged due to issues with the turf track caused by inclement weather, it was contested by a select sextet but, having raced in the rear, O’Shea took aim at the other five leaving the home turn and found a willing partner.
Godolphin warhorse Cascadian did what head trainer James Cummings expected when he zoomed home in the straight to win the G1 All Aged Stakes over 1,400m to cap a terrific day for Godolphin at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Saturday’s meeting at Sharjah Longines Racecourse season was a quality card with valuable races, worth Dhs200,000 apiece for both the Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians.
Saudi-based Ramos and owner Prince Saud Bin Salman Abdulaziz were jubilant afterwards as they were surrounded by fans celebrating the 1,800m race's first Saudi winner in its third edition.
The race was organised by the Emirates International Endurance Village in Al Wathba, in cooperation with the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation, and witnessed the participation of 127 jockeys representing different equestrian clubs of the country.
As it transpired, Abdul Aziz Al Balushi timed his late challenge to perfection aboard Majed El Meqirat in the colours of Ahmed Alneibi for trainer Ali Al Ameri, a first ever trip to the winner’s enclosure for the last named.