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It's very rare that a horse wins two back to back races but in Abu Dhabi Oertel has managed to do what is nearly unheard of. Out of four races he participated in he managed to come away with a 100% win record. Yes he won all four races and now he has positioned himself at the top of the standings.
Abu Dhabi: Ernst Oertel enjoyed a four-out-of-four success rate at Abu Dhabi Racecourse on Sunday to move to the top of the UAE trainers’ championship, reflecting the resounding success of the local breeding operations of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Helping the Al Asayl trainer to three of the four winners was jockey Tadhg O’Shea, whose treble lifted him to the top of the jockeys’ championship standings.
Oertel and O’Shea combined to win the two feature races — the UAE Arabian Derby with UAE debutant Skoop and the Emirates Fillies Classic with Shayel Aldhabi. And the Derby even produced a one-two finish for Oertel, with Najm Alemarat coming second behind Skoop.
The Oertel-O’Shea partnership started the evening with a superb win on Heb Nessnas in a maidens race and Oertel’s other victory came when he registered another one-two in the Al Khubairat-rated conditions race. James Doyle on Chick Flick was too good for O’Shea on Richlore, but it was still the now familiar colours of the President that came out on top.
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