Thursday, December 16, 2010


Strong field in hand for Jebel Ali feature on Friday


The Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum again sponsor Jebel Ali's feature race which, this Friday afternoon, is a 1600m conditions race. Only six have been declared but the weights are headed by last season's Jebel Ali Mile winner Jet Express for Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and jockey Royston Ffrench.

He should be cherry ripe for this after a run at Meydan last week and Ffrench said: "These are his optimum conditions and he loves Jebel Ali. He is penalised for his big race win but bounced back after a defeat first time last season and should run well."


Al Raihe appears to have a strong hand in the race with Haatheq a course and distance winner at the last meeting under Tadhg O'Shea. Owned by the sponsor, his first jockey Richard Hills is in the saddle on this occasion and said: "Tadhg and everyone was really pleased with that win and he clearly handles the surface. This is a much tougher ask but he is young and, hopefully, progressive. I won on him in the UK and he can hopefully prove himself a Dubai International Racing Carnival horse."

Emmrooz is trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam and reunited with jockey William Buick for whom he won a course and distance conditions race last march on his most recent course outing. He was a good fourth at Meydan on his return and the trainers said: "That was a pleasing run at Meydan and we know he is capable of winning on this course. It looks a hot little race but he is in good form."

Tiz Now Tiz Then has been off the track since Dubai World Cup night 2009 but Liberation looks capable of building on his seasonal return for Ismail Mohammed and Ted Durcan.

Selvaratnam rarely leaves his own course empty handed and veteran Remaadd looks an interesting runner for him in the concluding 1800m handicap. He ran very well for a long way on his return to action, after virtually a year off. Now nine, he invariably improves an awful lot from his first run and today could be the day he returns to winning form. He faces 15 rivals though and will certainly not have things all his own way with Azizi, Dynamic Saint, Mutajammel and Estihdaaf just a few to consider.

Dahteer, who contests the first of two 1400m handicaps, is another Selvaratnam runner who has to be respected but Atlantic Brave could be hard to beat in that particular contest. A course and distance winner last time for Musabah Al Muhairi, who both owns and trains him, he will again be ridden by Wayne Smith who said: "He has had little racing and really pleased us last time as we thought he was badly in need of the outing. This is going to be tough under top-weight but we have to be hopeful he can give the weight away."

Course and distance hat-trick seeker Rochefort looks a big danger for Satish Seemar.


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