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Thursday, November 17, 2011


Al Muhairi braves Jebel Ali feature


Dubai, UAE, November 15 2011 – His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Stud, the UK arm of his breeding empire, sponsor the featured race on Jebel Ali's Friday afternoon card, a conditions race run over 1400m.

Eleven have been declared with the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Atlantic Brave set to concede weight to his rivals having won an identical race on his comeback last season. He then went on to be second in the Jebel Ali Mile and jockey Wayne Smith is certainly looking forward to getting the lightly-raced horse back on the track.


Smith said: "This horse really improved last season and is definitely one of our main hopes this season. He loves it at Jebel Ali and goes well fresh so that bodes well for a good run. Giving weight away is never ideal but he runs well fresh and really pleased us with his last bit of work on Tuesday."

Satish Seemar has made a bright start to the season and his Ibn Al Nafis puts his unbeaten record on the line in by far the stiffest task he has faced to date. A five-year-old with only three career runs to his name he has clearly had problems and is returning to action having been off since February 2010 but did win on debut and has only ever run at Jebel Ali.

Stable jockey Richard Mullen has always liked him and said: "It is great to get him back on the track and he has been working well enough but is entitled to need the run having been off so long."

Trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam, Laa Rayb is another interesting contender as he races at Jebel Ali for the first time. Very talented when trained in the UK, he too has obviously had a few problems but his trainer has a great record with this type of horse and with Laa Rayb's siblings.

James Doyle rides and Laa Rayb is one of several chances they appear to have on the afternoon for racecourse patron His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Tadhg O'Shea, retained jockey for race sponsor His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, elects to ride Mujaazef for his main employer leaving Pat Cosgrave to pick up a plum spare ride on the Doug Watson-trained Finjaan.

It is a six race, all Thoroughbred card and Emirates generously sponsor the main support race, a 1800m handicap which has only attracted six runners but looks a top quality affair.

The weights are headed by Al Raihe's Monte Alto, the mount of O'Shea and one of three in the line-up who contested the Meydan race won last week by stable companion Rochdale.

Monte Alto was fourth and it is hard to see why either Mojave Moon or Highland Glen should reverse form with him, though he is conceding weight to his five rivals.

Selvaratnam's Swinging Sixties looks a far more serious rival on his seasonal bow and it would be no surprise to see he, Monte Alto and Al Raihe's second runner, Glen Nevis, dominate proceedings.


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