SOUTH African-bred seven-year-old gelding Sanshaawes posted his fourth win in Dubai with a workmanlike display in the EGA Jebel Ali Trophy over 2000m on turf at Meydan, Thursday.
Sanshaawes, who was exported to the UAE in 2013, has raced 18 times in the desert and once in Hong Kong, earning 17 cheques for Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.
He also had his turn in the Dubai World Cup, where he finished seventh of 16 in the 2014 renewal to African Story with big names like Prince Bishop, Military Attack and Ruler Of The World behind him.
Winning trainer Mike de Kock commented: “Sanshaawes is an old soldier, I wish we had more game handicappers like him in the yard. Well done to Barbara Sanne, who bred Sanshaawes at Oldlands Stud. He’s been in very good form this season, we are all proud of him. This was no surprise, we expected him to go close and he’s not done yet!”
Jockey Christophe Soumillon rode a well-timed finish and said: “Sanshaawes is a tough horse who always gives his best but not one you want to hit the front on too soon.”
Photo: Andrew Watkins.
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