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photo of the month: Salateen winning at the Dubai Carnival

ThIS great action shot shows the David O’Meara-trained Salateen just getting his head in front in a four-way photo to win a 7f handicap, sponsored by Range Rover, at the Dubai Carnival on February 9. It was a British trainers one-two-three, the five-year-old son of Dutch Art beating Charlie Appleby’s Flash Fire (Shamardal) and Oh This Is Us, trained by Richard Hannon and by Acclamation. It was better luck for Salateen, a 103-rated gelding. On his first start in the Emirate he finished 16th of 16 after he was twice squeezed for room early and couldn’t dominate through the race as he likes. Jockey Pat Dobbs reported that the horse received a heavy bump early on, and from the grandstand, it appeared that he lost his action. Things went according to plan on this start and Salateen, a usual front-runner, tracked the leader, went to the lead 2f out and ran on well. As the photo shows, he bravely saw off the closing pack on the line. He was ridden here by Adrian De Vries, who rode a treble on the night. The jockey said: “I looked at the videos of his races in England and could see he was a tough, genuine, type. He likes to race on the pace and everything went well for him this evening. “On this evidence, he should stay a bit further and it has been a great evening.” Salateen picked up £85,365 taking his prize-money earnings into six figures. He has now won six races and won this off a rating of 103.

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