UAE Race Report w/c 21 November

Posted on: 22nd Nov 2016

Trained by Doug Watson and ridden by Dane O’Neill, the four-year-old Purebred Arabian, on just his third start, won the 1600metre handicap by eight and a half lengths, and now looks set for a step up in grade.

“I hadn’t ridden him in a race before, but I’d ridden him work,” said O’Neill. “We added the visor today which has helped and he’s a nice prospect.”

The same jockey was in the plate a day later, when Alraased won for the Ali Rashid Al Rayhi team at Sharjah. Taking a drop down in trip and in grade, the homebred son of Exchange Rate beat another Shadwell runner, Tajheez, by two lengths.

There are just two meetings in the UAE this weekend, and the blue and white silks will be well represented at both, starting with 11 runners at Jebel Ali on Friday.

Qannaas, trained by Al Rashid Al Rayhi and ridden by Dane O’Neill, starts us off in the opening 1400metre handicap, chasing his first win since February 2013. He’s been consistent lately though, collecting a second and a third so far this season, and can make the frame again.

In the second race, a 1600metre handicap, O’Neill rides Shaakis for Erwan Charpy as the gelding looks for a breakthrough win in the Emirates at the fourth attempt. A stronger chance lies in the featured Shadwell Handicap, over 1800metres, however, where the team runs Ostaad and Kanaf. A three-time course winner, O’Neill has opted to partner Doug Watson’s Ostaad, leaving Adrie de Vries on Kanaf, who tries this trip for the first time.

There is just one Shadwell representative in the 1400metre maiden, where two-year-old Al Barez makes his debut for Ahmed bin Harmash. Taking on his elders, this looks a tough spot for the son of Big Brown.

Sheikh Hamdan runs four in the competitive 1200metre handicap, with O’Neill picking Mushir, a good winner last time over 1000metres. Penalized 7lbs for that success, he can go well again, although stablemate Ajraam, a winner last time at Meydan, also has big claims under apprentice George Buckell.  Mushaakis, a three-time winner at the track last season, is another who can feature, under Tadhg O’Shea, while Greeb, fourth behind Mushir last time, completes the quartet.

The closing 1000metre handicap sees two carry the blue and white, with O’Neill onboard Dairam, a dual course winner, who looks to bounce back from a below-par run at Meydan last time. Back at his favourite track, he has every chance. Fernando Jara partners Mooqtar, who is still looking for his first UAE win and who makes his seasonal bow here.

On to Sharjah on Saturday, where Sheikh Hamdan runs just two, starting with Zaffaan in the featured 2000metre Arabian handicap. Sixth last time over an inadequate 1700metres, he will appreciate the extra trip here. The team has a better chance in the Thoroughbred race, however, with course specialist Watheeq. Well-held at Meydan last week, he will relish a return to Sharjah where he has won three times, including in this race last year.

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