Shadwell UAE Season Preview - Week 16

Posted on: 11th Feb 2020

Taamol: leading home a Shadwell 1-2-3 in the President's Cup at Abu Dhabi

Shadwell enjoyed a fantastic weekend in the UAE, with another victory at the Carnival courtesy of Rusumaat, who claimed the Listed Dubai Sprint for Musabbeh Al Mheiri and Dane O’Neill. Making his third start of the season, the six-year-old was a length too good for his rivals and now has a turf mark of 109, which could see him invited to the G1 Al Quoz Sprint at the World Cup meeting in March.

 There was another notable Listed success for the team on Sunday, when Taamol led home a 1-2-3 for Sheikh Hamdan in the President’s Cup at Abu Dhabi. Ridden by Jim Crowley, the Ali Rashid Al Rayhi trainee added this success to his National Day Cup win by unleashing a smooth run to beat stablemate Yalaail, with Zainhom third.

 “We had a nice draw and they went a reasonable gallop, which suited me,” said Crowley. “My horse has travelled well and, when the gap appeared, quickened nicely. It rode like a good renewal and I was pretty confident throughout.”

 Meydan stages Carnival week seven on Thursday, and the Group 3 Firebreak Stakes is one of the features on the seven-race card. Doug Watson’s Muntazah won this race last year and he takes his chance again. A strapping son of Dubawi, he should have come on a lot for his fourth place finish in Maktoum Challenge Round 1 last month. He looks the one to beat, although 2018 winner Heavy Metal and Creek Mile winner Secret Ambition are among several formidable rivals.

 The six furlong dirt handicap, race three, looks very open and Al Rayhi pitches Eqtiraan in for his second run in seven days, after the gelding finished seventh on turf behind Rusumaat. The six-year-old has run well on dirt before at Jebel Ali, but faces a more difficult test here.

 The five furlong turf handicap, race five, is the perfect spot for Waady, who was a good second to Equilateral over this same trip last time out. A three week freshening since will help him, and he has leading claims here. He will be ridden by Crowley with O’Neill on Raafid, who won here over six furlongs last season and has a nice light weight of 54.5kgs.

 Zamaam takes his chance in the finale, a mile and a half turf handicap, having run two good races over this course and distance earlier in the Carnival. Seventh over a mile and six furlongs last time, a return to this trip, and a likely stronger pace, should see this likeable veteran run a good race again. He carries just 53kgs, with jockey Fabrice Veron in the saddle.

 Al Ain stages a seven race card on Friday, and the Thoroughbred handicap, race one, is over a mile and five furlongs. The team run the top weight Jahaafel, who steps up markedly after being last seen over sprint distances in November.

 Al Rayhi’s exciting Flit Al Maury lines up in the seven furlong maiden, race three. A good second on debut at Abu Dhabi when he flew home, he should be able to gain a first success here, although Crowley will have to overcome a wide draw in 11.

 The nine furlong handicap, race six, is the destination for the Watson-trained Foaad, who steps back a furlong in trip after not quite getting home here last time. A winner over course and distance here a year ago, he should be competitive again this time, from a career low mark of 59.

 Sharjah hosts its penultimate meeting of the season on Saturday and the GCC Cup, which last year provided Kahayla Classic winner AF Maher, is the feature. AF Mahshoum also held an entry at Meydan but connections have opted to run here instead. A good sixth last time at Abu Dhabi, he was well-beaten on his only try at Sharjah, when missing the break, and is worth another chance here, with the track likely to suit him.

 Abu Dhabi is once again in action on Sunday evening, and the in-form Ainhoa Topchef lines up for Erwan Charpy in the opener, a seven furlong handicap. A good second to a progressive type at Al Ain when last seen, he is arguably less effective on turf and has also drawn wide in 14. 

 Alkhalifa is the sole Shadwell representative in the seven furlong Thoroughbred handicap, race two. Off since April, Al Rayhi's charge is yet to win in seven starts in the UAE and tries Abu Dhabi for the first time. 


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