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Business graduate Al Mazroui seeks results.

Up-and-coming UAE apprentice jockey has five chances at Jebel Ali to get his career off the blocks

Dubai Emirati jockey Saeed Al Mazroui has picked up a promising book of rides at today's Jebel Ali race meeting in his quest to notch his first first-ever win as an apprentice.

The 23-year-old business school graduate made his debut at this course in December and has had nine rides since then with a third-place finish aboard Game Stalker being his best result so far.

Although victory has eluded Al Mazroui, he said he remained hopeful and committed.

"I always knew that it was going to be difficult as there are so many good jockeys currently based in the UAE, but I'm patient and I hope that with a little bit of luck I can get that first win," he said.

Distinguished mentors

"I am expanding my knowledge with every race and my confidence is also improving," he added.

"I'm also very thankful for the support of trainers like Ali Rashid Al Raihe, Abdullah Bin Huzzaim and Mohammad Ramdan and I really want to prove myself," he says.

Al Mazroui will be on duty in five of the six races at Jebel Ali where he rides Habalwatan, Vito Corleone and Palm Court for Al Raihe, Cat Mimoso for Mohammad Ramdan and Spice Souk for Bin Huzzaim.

Yasir Mabrouk, the Emirates Racing Authority's Clerk of the Scales who also heads their apprentice programme where he helped anchor Ahmad Ajtebi's career remains hopeful.

"Saeed has a good attitude and is determined to succeed," he said. "Perhaps he has not had the results everybody is looking for, but we are confident that he can make his mark, given a little more time."

Ajtebi, who is closely monitoring Al Mazroui's progress had some advice to offer.

"Nothing happens overnight, you have to be patient. It took a lot of hard work on my part to get those first winners, and it can be frustrating. But you have to be at it and give it your best shot, and it will happen."

Could it be today?

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Not losing track

A victory has eluded Saeed Al Mazroui since his debut in December but the youngster is determined to prove himself.

I always knew that it was going to be difficult, but I hope with a little bit of luck I can get that first win."

Saeed Al Mazrooei

Apprentice jockey

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Feb 25, 2011
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