Thursday, February 11, 2010
International flavour at Jebel Ali on Friday
Racing returns to Jebel Ali on Friday for a six race card highlighted by a 1600m handicap sponsored by the Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. A competitive race has attracted the maximum field of 16 with Ryan Moore taking the ride on Satish Seemar's Ibn Al Nafis who is bidding to remain unbeaten having won both his first two starts.
Moore said: 'This looks a lot harder than the races he has won but he is clearly progressive and it is a nice spare ride."
My Verse, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam, made a pleasing impression winning on her local debut and is another to consider in an open contest.
The 1200m handicap could end up as a match between Selvaratnam's Borehan, whom the handicapper appears to have given a chance and Silaah, trained by Doug Watson. The trainer said: "We like the horse and he ran very well first time. Conditions should suit and we expect a big run."
Oman joins the Jebel Ali party and Rise View carries the Royal Cavalry Oman colours in the same race, while Olympic City represents them in the 1800m handicap. This looks at the mercy of Watson's Numair who said: "He has run very green both times and did well to win last time. Hopefully he has improved and learned."
A second win for Numair would advertise the form of De Kock's Boss Professor who chased him home on that occasion and has stable companion Jodi and Mubarak Bin Shafya's Al Wasl to beat in the 1200m maiden.
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