UAE Race Report week commencing 5 December

Posted on: 6th Dec 2016

This weekend sees a team of 11 represent Shadwell at Jebel Ali, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi.

Shaakis, a very close second at Jebel Ali last time, returns there again for Charpy and he will relish the stiffer test of the 1800metre handicap.  He looks the one to beat in the hands of Dane O’Neill.
The featured 1400metre handicap, sponsored by Shadwell Farm, sees two run in the blue and white with Mushaakis the pick of O’Neill. Jawhar, a class act who is a three-time winner on turf in the UAE, tries dirt for just the second time, while Mushaakis is more of a course specialist, having four wins to his name up the hill. A decent sixth, just beaten three and a half lengths, last time out after an extended layoff, he will be fitter on this occasion and has a big part to play here for trainer Ali Al Rayhi. 

Snow white veteran Tamaathul was not disgraced in fourth when in action at Meydan last week and he returns to Jebel Ali, over 1200metres. Second here over 1000metres in March, he can again feature, off a slightly lower mark.

On to Al Ain’s Saturday fixture, where three have been entered in the 1000metre Thoroughbred Handicap. Mooqtar, trained by Mussabeh Al Mheiri, has been second and fourth on his two runs at the course, while O’Neill’s selection Tajheez comes here off a good second to Alraased at Sharjah. Completing the trio is Qannaas, who has been in good heart this season and who now races off a mark 18lbs lower than his last win. All three could be in the frame on their best form, with Tajheez perhaps the most likely to come home in front. 

As usual, Abu Dhabi stages a primarily Arabian card on Sunday, and Charpy’s Jabal Aly heads there for the 1600metre handicap. Some three and a quarter lengths behind RB Dixie Burning over 2200metres last time, he has that rival to beat again but should be happier back at a mile. In the same race, the consistent El Salaam has his second run inside a week, having been a game runner-up over this trip on Sunday. He’s the pick of O’Neill and deserves some recompense for a string of good efforts in defeat. 

As usual, Sheikh Hamdan is well represented in the card’s only Thoroughbred race, a 1400metre handicap, where Almohtaseb and Dairam carry his silks. The latter, trained by Al Mheiri, is yet to win over this trip and has stall 14 to contend with, while Almohtaseb has run well in both starts this season, finishing second and fourth. The mount of Doug Watson’s stable jockey Pat Dobbs, he must shoulder top weight here, but his winning opportunity surely isn’t too far away. 

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