Thursday, December 02, 2010


Seemar eyes challenge at Jebel Ali


Friday's third meeting of the season at Jebel Ali is surely the best meeting of the season to date with the official feature, a 1000m conditions race, sponsored by Shadwell Farm, the American division of the breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Nine have been declared, including the last two winners of the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, over the same course and distance.

Terrific Challenge won the race last season for trainer Satish Seemar and Richard Mullen is again in the saddle this afternoon.


He said: "The horse has been working really nicely and loves Jebel Ali and that hill. It is a tough task but he will run well."

He has to concede weight to all his rivals as a result of that victory in March when chased home by Dohasa who re-opposes and looked in good shape when running at Meydan on his seasonal return.

Hammadi was fourth in the 2010 Jebel Ali Sprint having won it in 2009. To be ridden by Doug Watson, he also loves the course and the trainer said: "We decided to run him here and not Alsadeek who would have had a good chance also. Hammadi is going well at home and we expect him to go close."

A fast and furious gallop is guaranteed with trailblazer Planetary Motion in the field.

Mofarij, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam, is the other looking to hold a big chance and the trainer said: "He is going nicely but Terrific Challenge, Dohasa and Hammadi are serious rivals."

Selvaratnam's Otaared is the one to beat in the following 1400m conditions race having already won three times over the course and distance.

Kieren Fallon replaces absent stable jockey William Buick and the trainer sounds hopeful: "He loves the conditions and has come out of his comeback win well. Hopefully he is the one they have to beat."

Wayne Smith partners Atlantic Brave for Musabah Al Muhairi and said: "He is going well at home but this is a lot tougher than the races he ran so well in last year. He is young and open to progress though so we have to be hopeful."

Watson's Classic Blade and Ali Rashid Al Raihe's Yirga are others to consider.

The following 1600m handicap looks exceptionally competitive and Selvaratnam's Meeriss, Watson's Lucky Ray, Seemar's Blues Ballad and Okean Mor, trained by Eduardo Martins, all look to hold leading chances.

Racing concludes with an equally hard to fathom 1800m handicap in which Watson's Arqaam will be a major factor if able to break on terms. Stable companion Dynamic Saint can never be ruled out on this course, while Selvaratnam's Remaadd has been a grand servant but is likely to need the run.

Palm Court won well for Al Raihe and Royston Ffrench on his last start and is another who has to be given a chance, along with King Charles for Abdullah bin Huzaim.


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