UAE Race Report w/c 26th December 2016

Posted on: 29th Dec 2016

The first of the team’s representatives is Al Abyad, who makes his third start in the opening juvenile maiden, over 1400metres. The mount of Dane O’Neill for Ahmad Bin Harmash, he was third, against his elders, at Sharjah last time and can play a part here.

Bin Harmash is also responsible for Al Madam, who also makes her third start, in the 1600metre maiden. One of just three juveniles in the field, she finished third behind stablemate Nomorerichblondes last time and might appreciate the extra furlong here.

O’Neill had a choice of two in the 1400metre handicap, electing to partner the Mike De Kock-trained Alareef. A winner here over 1200metres when last seen in March, he is consistent but might just need this first run, having finished eighth on his comeback last season. Lack of race fitness won’t be an issue for Sheikh Hamdan’s other runner, Ajraam, however, although Mussabeh Al Mheiri’s charge needs to bounce back from a disappointing run at Jebel Ali last time out.

Shadwell have three runners in the 1600metre handicap, with O’Neill picking Moosir over Ehtedaam and Jaaref. The former, trained by Doug Watson, was just touched off by the re-opposing Muhratam here over course and distance a fortnight ago and is a kilo better off with that rival this time.

The Ali Al Rayhi-trained pair of Ehtedaam and Jaaref are yet to really settle into UAE racing, but the latter, a beautifully-bred homebred son of Sea The Stars, tries Meydan for the first time and is the pick of stable jockey Tadhg O’Shea.

The team also sends out Amaan, who lines up for in-form trainer Erwan Charpy in the penultimate race, a 2200metre handicap. Seventh on turf at Abu Dhabi last time, he has been well-held since his last success, at Jebel Ali in October 2015.

The final runner on the card is the two-year-old Big Brown colt Al Barez, who faces older horses once again in the closing 1600metre handicap. A winner at Jebel Ali on debut, he did well to succeed on that occasion after missing the break and there should be plenty more to come from him. 

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