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Thursday, December 01, 2011


Mujaazef top of the pops


His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell breeding empire generously sponsor three of the races at Jebel Ali's third meeting of the season this Friday.

The featured 1000m conditions race carries the name of Shadwell itself and the sponsor's Mujaazef will be a popular selection with Pick Six players.


Trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, the four-year-old has won at both previous Jebel Ali meetings this season. He is the first mount of the UAE season for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan's number one jockey Richard Hills.

Satish Seemar saddles three in the race, including the last two winners of the Jebel Ali Sprint, Terrific Challenge and Spin Cycle who landed the prize last March under Frankie Dettori.

Stable jockey Richard Mullen is in the saddle on this occasion and he explained: "It was a very hard choice as they are both working well and both go well at Jebel Ali. Spin Cycle is only five though and hopefully has more to come."

Mannjal is trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam and the nine-year-old is seeking his ninth course win but he has yet to win over the 1000m minimum trip.

Selvaratnam said: "He has been a great servant over many years but is nine now and the trip is probably going to be on the sharp side especially first time out."

However he gets on, his full-brother Otaared should go very close in the following 1400m conditions race, sponsored by Derrinstown Stud.

Making his seasonal return also, the six-year-old has won on his first start in each of the last two seasons so the lack of a run is not a concern.

However, Selvaratnam offers a note of caution and said: "He is working well and we know conditions suit him but he has to give weight away and Atlantic Brave is a very useful performer."

Musabah Al Muhairi owns and trains Atlantic Brave who won this same race last year from Otaared.

It would be no surprise to see them fight out the finish again with Kaiss perhaps best of the rest.

Shadwell Farm sponsor the best of the handicaps, over 1600m and Selvaratnam's Swinging Sixties again clashes with Al Raihe's Glen Nevis who beat him over 1800m a fortnight ago.

There should be little between them again and Selvaratnam said: "I think the drop in trip will suit Swinging Sixties and hopefully he can go close."

Mubarak bin Shafya trains top-weight My Indy who won the first and second rounds of the Al Maktoum Challenge for Saeed bin Suroor back in 2009.

He has not won since the second of those wins, in February 2009, but ran well enough on his sole previous visit to Jebel Ali.

Blues Ballad, trained by Satish Seemar, certainly cannot be ruled out and his jockey, Richard Mullen, said: "He seems in great form at home and goes well at Jebel Ali so he should not be far away but it does look a competitive race."


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