Thursday, February 25, 2010


Impenetrable to hold rivals at bay


Friday's Jebel Ali meeting is highlighted by a 1000m conditions race, kindly sponsored by the Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The maximum of 16 have been declared but only a handful would appear to hold realistic chances of winning. These include the two who head the weights and Impenetrable, a course and distance winner trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe and to be ridden by Royston Ffrench, could be hard to beat. He shares top weight with Mannjal, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam but probably better over further.


Satish Seemar trains Terrific Challenge, who is a capable sprinter on his day, while Doug Watson's Bounty Quest is not without hope.

The best of the handicaps, over 1400m, would not look out of place at the Dubai International Racing Carnival and includes Art of War, Blues And Rock and Stubbs Art who are all trained by Mike De Kock from South Africa.

Swinging Sixties, to be ridden by Wayne Smith for Musabah Al Muhairi and Ffrench's mount, the Al Raihe-trained Vito Corleone, have both caught the eye in recent weeks and can go well in a competitive looking heat.

The only Purebred Arabian race, over 1800m, opens the card and trainer Gill Duffield appears to hold all the aces with her pair As Mushrif and Af Alghabra looking the most likely winners with a strong preference for the latter, the mount of Tadhg O'Shea.


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