Friday’s Jebel Ali meeting is a seven race card highlighted by an 1800m handicap, kindly sponsored by Shadwell Farms, the American arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding operation.

It has attracted a maximum field of 16 with last year’s Godolphin Carnival winner Igor Protti, now trained by Abdulla Bin Huzaim, heading the weights.

Erwan Charpy saddles four runners, with Tadhg O’Shea electing to ride Spring City and Richard Hills on Sheikh Hamdan’s Morghim.

Doug Watson is also well represented with five runners and Fernando Jara chooses Lover Boy with course specialist Tri Another Cat perhaps most likely of the others.

Watson said: “All five have some kind of chance and we must be hopeful in an open race.”

Dhruba Selvaratnam saddles Dig Gold in that race but he looks to hold stronger chances on the remainder of the card with For Once in a 1400m handicap and Mofarij in a 1400m conditions race both looking hard to beat for the ‘home’ trainer.

Alo Pura and Meeriss also hold great chances for the local trainer, whose brother Adi, may take the 1200m handicap with Sama Dubai.