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Thursday, March 12, 2009


Jebel Ali Sprint highlights Friday’s racecard


His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell organisation will sponsor the Jebel Ali meeting this Friday afternoon with the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint the highlight of the track’s penultimate meeting of the season.

The 1000m dash was won in 2003 by subsequent Dubai Golden Shaheen winner State City, who landed the Dubai World Cup night sprint for Paddy Rudkin, and this year’s victor will be hoping to get an invite for the big night and a maximum field of 16 will face the starter.


The likely Pick Six favourite is Alo Pura, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam and the winner of her last two starts, both over today’s course and distance under stable jockey William Buick.

South Africa provides the international flavour and Mike De Kock, who won the race last year with Drift Ice, saddles three, headed by 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival winner Warsaw, the mount of Kevin Shea.

Frankie Dettori partners stable companion Frosty Secret and the trainer is hopeful: “They both certainly have a chance though would probably prefer further. They have been running well at the carnival and deserve this last opportunity.”

Doug Watson’s Hammadi, Mubarak Bin Shafya’s Furnace and Erwan Charpy’s Tawaassol, owned by the sponsor, look others to keep a close eye on.

Selvaratnam’s Airbuss will be hard to beat in the opening 1950m handicap, while Charpy’s Mister Fasliyev is entitled to go close in the following 1800m handicap after his staying on effort over 1600m last time.

Brett Doyle visits from Hong Kong to ride for Rashed Bouresly, including League Champion in the feature, but their best chance could rest with Rawalbandie in the 1000m maiden.

Watson’s Roman’s Run may have most to fear from Ali Rashid Al Raihe’s Jet Express in the 1400m handicap, while Selvaratnam’s Zoom One looks the one to beat in the concluding 1600m handicap.


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