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The home straight of the UAE season

Saturday 28th of March 2015

We are heading into the last two weeks of the UAE season with a meeting at Al Ain, Jebel Ali and then it's down to the big one, World Cup night at Meydan on Saturday the 28th.

Since my last blog I have been kept busy and I am sat on the 28 winner mark at the moment from a total of 293 rides, so I have to say thank you to all the owners and trainers that have supported me over the past five months.

Le Bernadin was a big winner for me as it came during the carnival at Meydan, it is always nice to ride a winner for the boss Ali Rashid Al Raithe and this was a very nice one to have as he did it in such good fashion and also broke the track record. Unfortunately he has not managed to follow that win up as yet, but he has shown a consistent level of form.

A couple of days later I returned to Meydan and landed another winner, this time it came on Not A Given, again for the boss and this time I spearheaded a 1-2 for the stable. I then had a run of seconds with Encipher, Burj Khalifa and Mudahesh all being just ran out of the winners spot.

We also lost a number of race meetings, firstly due to the death of King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and then to some really bad sand storms. We resumed the winning thread in February when landing the President's Cup at Abu Dhabi aboard Ertijaal for the boss, beating the Mike De Kock trained Johann Strauss by a nose! Many of you will remember Johann Strauss from his days at Ballydoyle when trained by Aidan O'Brien. Ertijaal was an excellent winner for the team and he also followed up on his next run at Meydan under Paul Hanagan.

I started March with a winner at Abu Dhabi when winning on the Mohammed Ramadan trained Ubu Al Mels, we teamed up a week later but unfortunately on that occasion we could only manage second. I did leave Abu Dhabi with a winner though when winning the lucky last on Dameer W'Rsan for Bakhit Al Ketbi, getting up on the line to beat a stable mate to make it a 1-2 for Bakhit.

On leaving the UAE I will be heading to China before flying back home for the start of the turf season. I say start and as we all know, the Lincoln Handicap meeting at Doncaster has always been looked as the start of the turf season (the same weekend as World Cup night), but now the powers that be have decided that regards the jockeys championship, the season starts at the Guineas meeting in May and ends on Champions Day in October.

Regardless of when it starts and finishes, I will be back in action in the UK in mid April and I look forward to seeing you all then.

See you soon

Royston