Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Al Raihe’s banker in Meydan feature
Commercial Bank of Dubai is the generous sponsor of a quality card at Meydan this Thursday evening highlighted by three cracking conditions races.
The feature is the 1600m Attijari Points Rewards Program and Zain Shamardal will bid to continue the amazing start made to the season by Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and stable jockey Royston Ffrench.
The three-year-olds are well represented and Musabah Al Muhairi introduces Happy Today, like Zain Shamardal owned by Jaber Abdulla, to the UAE having won of his five starts in the Great Britain.
He will be ridden by Wayne Smith who said: "He is a nice new horse in the yard who has some good form in the UK. He has not raced on [the All-Weather surface] but seems to handle it at home. He will improve from the run and we will find out a lot about him."
Doug Watson trains Famous Warrior, a course and distance winner last season who is making his seasonal return. Tadhg O'Shea, who won on him in February, retains the ride.
Canwinn won over course and distance at the last Meydan fixture and represents the Dhruba Selvaratnam/James Doyle partnership who enjoyed a treble on that evening and have remained in good form since.
Al Raihe's Happy Dubai heads the weights in the 1200m Al Dana Wealth Management after an excellent campaign last season. He looks certain to be a popular Pick Six selection with Ffrench aboard, though he does have to give weight to all his 10 rivals and Barbecue Eddie under Richard Hills looks a big danger.
Al Muhairi's Russian Rock ran well at Jebel Ali last week and is another to consider, while the Satish Seemar-trained Reynaldothewizard won over course and distance on his return to action last year and should go close under Richard Mullen.
Racing opens with the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, the Mazrat Al Ruwayah Prep Sponsored By Commercial Bank Of Dubai. Over 1600m, 11 have been declared and looks absolutely wide open with most of the field holding some kind of chance.
Watson saddles Paris Gagner and Kandar Du Falgas, both owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and retained jockey Richard Hills chooses to ride the latter.
Ernst Oertel has three in the race for His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, with Ted Durcan's mount Time Out looking the stable's first string ahead of Frysk Me Now.
His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan is also triple handed with the Eric Lemartinel-tarined Raked set to carry the first colours. That horse will be ridden by Champion Jockey Wayne Smith.
The owner's other two runners, Badad and Jarnin cannot be ruled out, along with Jinad, the mount of Royston Ffrench for Jameel Salman.
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