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Thursday, January 12, 2012


Emmrooz looks for consecutive Jebel Ali Stakes wins


Shadwell, the breeding empire of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, sponsors three of the six races at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon, including the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes over 1950m.

The feature carries the name of Shadwell itself and Emmrooz bids to become the first horse to win the race twice after a comfortable victory last year. He is trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam for his main patron and the racecourse owner His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and will be partnered by William Buick.


Selvaratnam said: "This has been his target since he won the race last year and he badly needed his first run over a trip that was on the short side for him. He had a setback after his Meydan run last year so he was given plenty of time so he was a bit behind in his preparation compared to last year. He ran well enough in that comeback and will appreciate the return to 1950m. we also have Mulaqat in the race and he is capable of running well also. I do think Yirga is the big danger."

Last season’s champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe will saddle both Yirga and Glen Nevis in the race with stable jockey Royston Ffrench on the former who won the prep race for the Jebel Ali Stakes a fortnight ago.

Ffrench said: "We have to be hopeful as he has done nothing wrong this season at all. His second over 1600m was a narrow defeat to a good horse running under his optimum conditions and then we won the 1800m prep well. The 1950m will suit him and he should go close."

Ibn Al Nafis and Oroveso were second and third respectively in the prep race and both were staying on well.

Satish Seemar saddles Ibn Al Nafis and jockey Richard Mullen said: "Having missed last season he has improved with each run this year as we have stepped up in trip. Obviously we have ground to make up on Yirga but hopefully the extra distance will help."

The following race is the 1600m Jebel Ali Mile prep and it has attracted a quality field of 14.

Haatheq, runner-up in last year's Jebel Ali Stakes, makes his seasonal return for Al Raihe and jockey Richard Hills said: "He has been off since March when beaten by Otaared, so is entitled to need a run but the trainer and his team report him in good shape and we know he likes Jebel Ali."

Otaared is trained by Selvaratnam and is seeking a seventh win at Jebel Ali, though only one of his previous course wins was over the 1600m.

Buick is in the saddle on this horse who he gets on particularly well with and Selvaratnam said: "Otaared has done well for us in the last few years and this is the obvious race for him ahead of the Jebel Ali Mile. We have freshened him up since his last win and he should go close."

Seemar and Mullen again combine, this time with He'sminenotyours who won well over 1400m here a month ago.

Mulllen said: "We were very hopeful last time and he did it nicely. This is a better race but if he is to have a realistic chance in the Jebel Ali Mile he needs to prove himself on Friday."


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