Thursday, December 29, 2011


Seemar and Al Raihe both double handed in Jebel Ali Stakes Prep


Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of the breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will sponsor the 1800m Jebel Ali Stakes Prep, the highlight of Friday's final Jebel Ali fixture of 2011.

Ibn Al Nafis looks an interesting contender for trainer Satish Seemar, who also has Eddie Jock among the eight declared, but stable jockey Richard Mullen has chosen Ibn Al Nafis, explaining: "Eddie Jock will run his usual solid race but Ibn Al Nafis is a horse we have always thought a lot of. He won his first three ever starts, all at Jebel Ali, but then missed last season. He has needed his two runs so far this season and hopefully the trip will suit as he was staying on last time."


That was in a 1600m conditions race won by Atlantic Brave from Yirga who is again in opposition for Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe, whose second runner, Glen Nevis, is a course and distance winner already this season.

Stable jockey Royston Ffrench partners Yirga with Ahmad Ajtebi on Glen Nevis. Ffrench said: "Conditions suit them both but Yirga's comeback was very pleasing and he was only just touched off over 1600m. This extra 200m should really suit him and, with that run under his belt, we have to be very hopeful. We have made such a good start to the season at Grandstand Stables that it would be lovely to think we can keep it going. We have some nice chances this weekend and hopefully Yirga is one of the best ones."

Mulaqat, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for his main patron and racecourse owner His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum certainly cannot be ruled out, while Oroveso provides some international flavour. Most recently campaigned in Scandinavia, he represents Brazil and trainer Fabricio Borges and regular jockey Valmir De Azeredo is in the saddle.

The seven race card, which starts at 1:55pm, concludes with a 1200m conditions race and again Al Raihe appears to hold a live chance with Mujaazef. Already a winner three times this season, twice over 1000m either side of a win over 1400m, he has actually never won over today's trip but that does not concern jockey Richard Hills who said: "He has been in a amazing form this season but does have to give weight to his rivals after his winning streak. Jebel Ali is not always the easiest place to give weight away but he loves the surface and seems in great form. He has to go close."

Satish Seemar prepares Terrific Challenge who chased Al Raihe's charge home on their most recent outings. Richard Mullen rides Seemar's runner and said: "The 1000m is probably my fellow's optimum trip but he stays the extra 200m well enough. Mujaazef had the advantage of race fitness last time so hopefully we can give him plenty to think about as my horse will have come on from that outing."

Seemar's second runner, Seachantach, was a close third in that same race and should again go close, while Selvaratnam saddles a big danger, in the shape of Alo Pura. This is her first start since January though so she is entitled to benefit from the outing.


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