Thursday, January 08, 2009
Alo Pura to win as Jebel Ali rearranges fixture
There is racing at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon with the course having rescheduled the meeting called off last week after the sad death of His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Ahmad Al Mualla, the ruler of Umm Al Quwain.
The Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum again sponsor the feature race with the name of Kingwood House Stables attached to the main 1600m handicap.
The race has attracted a quality entry with Sheikh Hamdan’s Great Plains heading the weights but overlooked by his retained jockey, Richard Hills, who rides the Doug Watson-trained Mostashaar who is returning from a long lay-off.
Watson said: “He will come on for the run but is ready for an outing and hopefully will go on the dirt.”
Dhruba Selvaratnam, who trains on the track, saddles Mulaqat who could go close but the trainer looks more likely to have a winner with Alo Pura who will be hard to beat in the following 1600m handicap which is confined to fillies and mares.
She will be ridden by Willie Supple who said: “She won well last time but has been penalised severely for that win. Hopefully the step up in trip can bring about the necessary improvement.”
South African Mike De Kock returns to Jebel Ali action and, a regular visitor to the track, he saddles Musaytir in the concluding 1000m handicap but is a bit concerned about the trip: “It is certainly his minimum requirement but the hill should help negate that.
“He has been off a while and will certainly come on for the run but he is ready for an outing.”
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