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Thursday, January 27, 2011


Snaafy bids to take Jebel Ali Mile


Friday's Jebel Ali card is highlighted by a quality renewal of the 1600m Listed Jebel Ali Mile, kindly sponsored by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm.

The sponsor also owns one of the leading fancies for the race in Snaafy, who won over course and distance in 2008 and the following year won the Group Three Burj Nahaar during the Dubai International Racing Carnival on the Nad Al Sheba dirt.


A turf winner at Meydan last year, he has been a real star for trainer Musabah Al Muhairi and jockey Richard Hills who said: "He did win on grass last season but his best form was on the Nad Al Sheba dirt so this looks a good opportunity to return to dirt on a course where he has won before."

Al Muhairi has a very strong hand as he also saddles Tayyab and Atlantic Brave. Stable jockey Wayne Smith rides the former and said: "It was a very tough choice and we know both handle the track. All three of ours should run well."

The Jebel Ali Mile prep was won by Otaared, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam and a course winner four times now. Kieren Fallon was aboard on that occasion and is again, and said: "That was a good effort last time and he had to dig deep as it was a real slog. Hopefully he can go close but this is a much better race."

Step In Line was only just caught on that occasion by Fallon's mount and will again make a bold bid from the front.

Jet Express won this last year from Golden Arrow, having chased home that same rival in 2009 and the pair are back again both seeking to become the only horse to have won this race twice.

South African Mike De Kock adds further intrigue to the contest by running Wonder Lawn who did win on the track, over 1950m, last year. With the race sure to be run at a furious gallop, he looks certain to be staying on under Kevin Shea and certainly cannot be ruled out.

With Satish Seemar leading the trainers' title his Escape Route and Tiz Now Tiz Then are others who cannot be ruled out in a cracking Jebel Ali Mile 2011.

The best of the handicaps looks to be the concluding race over 1200m. The weights are headed by course specialist Mannjal, trained by Selvaratnam and who has to give weight to the likes of Green Beret and Mahubo which will not be easy.

The second race, an 1800m handicap, looks a great opportunity for Royaaty to underline his Carnival claims for Mubarak bin Shafya.


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