More Midde East Magic For Saffie

Gr1 Sprint Cup winner finds best form

Jockey Saffie Osborne has enjoyed a fabulous 24 hours in the Middle East – the rider winning the Dukhan Sprint on board Emaraaty Ana, trained by her father Jamie Osborne for the Barratt family’s Barratt Racing.

This victory came a day after she became the first female rider to win at Meydan when riding Ouzo, also trained by her father.

Her mother Katie O’Sullivan was in Doha and Dubai to watch her daughter’s ground-breaking success.

Katie O’Sullivan, wife of Jamie Osborne and mother of the jockey, said:

“We have had an unbelievable 24 hours, and so has that young girl there!  Saffie and I got the 5.20am this morning. We have just been floating through life, it is incredible and so exciting. It was solid run last time. Owners Ian and Claire Barrett have reinvested in these kind of horses, and what a success it’s been for them! Saffi is doing what she loves and it is a pleasure to watch her.”

Emaraaty Ana has always up with the pace, and even ran a bit keen, but when the jockey angled out on the bend the son of Shamardal put his head down and battled to the victory.

“He’s got so much ability this horse, I was able to get a breather into him around the bend and turning in he’s ultra-tough. I would ideally have been a bit further back, but he’s a really classy horse and I’m lucky to be onboard him. It’s my first time riding here, I’ve tried to do as much research as possible and talk to people about the track – he’s a horse who’s nearly won two Breeders’ Cup Sprints, he has plenty of pace and I was able to use that to our advantage,” added the elated jockey.

Emaraaty Ana has now won seven races, with his biggest success coming in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock in September 2021 for previous trainer Kevin Ryan.

The horse was bought by Osborne at last autumn’s Tattersalls Horse-In-Training Sale for 160,000gns. Before today he had run once for Osborne, with a prep race in Dubai in January finishing fifth.

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