Shadwell UAE Season Preview Week 22

Posted on: 19th Mar 2019

The Shadwell colours will be carried by 12 runners at Jebel Ali this week

It’s the calm before the storm in the Emirates this week, with just one meeting, Jebel Ali’s finale, before the Dubai World Cup fixture on March 30th.

HH Sheikh Hamdan has a huge team of 12 going up the hill on Friday, starting with the Doug Watson-trained Foaad, who runs in the opening nine furlong Purebred Arabian contest. Just touched off on his only previous run at Jebel Ali, in December, he has since won over this trip at Al Ain and is a leading contender here.

Three carry the Shadwell blue in the School Transport Services Handicap, a mile event. Jim Crowley rides Almushref. Second on both of his tries here, the Musabbeh Al Mheiri-trained four-year-old should go well once again.

O’Neill rides top weight Almoreb, who made his debut last week in a strong handicap at Meydan. This looks a slightly easier task and the extra furlong should help, but he may just need a few months to acclimatize to the UAE, having been a relatively late arrival from the UK. His trainer Al Rayhi also runs Etisalat, who shaped well when fourth over course and distance on his local debut. Not disgraced since; he is well-regarded and should go well again now back under those conditions.

Sheikh Hamdan runs four in the feature race, the Shadwell Jebel Ali Classic, over seven furlongs. Crowley rides Takatul, who was beaten only a neck here two weeks ago. Yet to win in the Emirates, the six-year-old drops in trip here and should again be in the placings.

His trainer, Al Mheiri, also rides Zainhom, who has his tenth run of the season. Partnered by Fabrice Veron, he drops back in trip after being well held over 10 furlongs at Meydan three weeks ago. O’Neill has overlooked him in favour of Yaalail, who made a promising debut on turf at Meydan at the start of the month. Being by Intello, he may not be quite as effective on dirt but is still well worth watching here.

The Shadwell team in the race is completed by Taamol, a stablemate of Yaalail, who has his first run for five weeks. Unplaced in both Jebel Ali starts so far, he does go well fresh so might appreciate the time off. He is the mount of stable jockey Fernando Jara.

Race five is a six furlong Rated Conditions event, in which Moqarrab and Shajjy both run for Al Mheiri. Moqarrab makes his Jebel Ali debut, having flown home to be second in Carnival company at Meydan, before disappointing back there in the Group 3 Burj Nahaar. A return to the former effort might just be good enough here.

Shajjy makes his tenth start of the campaign and still looks for his first local win. He was a good fourth in the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint here last time, however, and cannot be discounted back up in trip.

The closing five furlong handicap looks very open and Alraased and Raafid both take their chance for Al Rashid Al Rayhi.  Crowley rides the reliable Alraased, who won on this card 12 months ago, over six furlongs. He was badly drawn when down the field at Meydan last week and won’t be far away here.

Raafid was behind Alraased two starts ago here, but collected a win of his own over six furlongs on Meydan’s turf three weeks ago. That win will have given him confidence and he can go close here, off a much lower dirt mark of 76.

Laura King

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