Shadwell UAE Season Preview Week 6

Posted on: 29th Nov 2018

There is a cracking action at Jebel Ali on Friday

HH Sheikh Hamdan welcomed another Meydan winner in his colours last week when Kawasir broke his maiden on his UAE debut. The three-year-old Speightstown gelding was having his first start on dirt, but took to it with aplomb under jockey Dane O’Neill, winning by a neck and providing trainer Musabbeh Al Mheiri with his sixth success of the campaign.

The National Day holidays mean there is only one meeting in the Emirates this weekend; Jebel Ali staging a seven-race card on Friday on which the team run eight.

Jebel Ali card here

The first Shadwell runners go in race three, an open-looking six furlong handicap, in which Sheikh Hamdan owns five of the 16-strong field. It may have been a tricky choice for retained rider O’Neill, who has chosen the Ali Rashid Al Rayhi-trained Alraased. The nine-year-old ran a great race at Meydan last week when second behind the Carnival-bound Lavaspin and is equally adept at Jebel Ali, where he won over course and distance at the end of last season.

Al Rayhi also runs Raafid, who has his third run of the campaign, under jockey Fernando Jara. Well-beaten here on the last two occasions, the Shamardal gelding will be suited by this drop back in distance. Although stall 16 makes life difficult.  

Royston Ffrench rides Sahaafy , who carries top weight, despite the six-year-old having been dropped three pounds by the handicapper after fading away to finish sixth at Meydan last week. However, he should prefer Jebel Ali, where he gained his only UAE win to date, back in March 2016, over this trip.

The Musabbeh Al Mheiri-trained Sahaafy is joined in the race by two stablemates and it’s the seven-year-old Zaraee who holds plenty of interest. The Dubawi gelding was second here over this distance five weeks ago and has a good chance of finishing in the frame again. Al Mheiri’s stable jockey Ben Curtis rides him in preference to Ajraam, who is more familiar with Meydan and goes from stall seven under jockey Fabrice Veron.

The feature, worth AED120,000, is over nine furlongs and is a strong contest in which four-year-old gelding Mudaarab has his fifth start for Erwan Charpy. The son of Distorted Humour was an excellent second here on his latest run in March, but might just perhaps need this season reappearance.

Race six is an AED100,000 mile handicap and Shadwell run Takatul, who is also trained by Al Mheiri. The five-year-old son of Smart Strike made an encouraging local debut when second, only beaten a short head, last time out and this drop back in trip looks likely to suit him. In the same race, Ali Rashid Al Rayhi sends out Mashaheer, who has joined him from William Haggas in the UK. The three-year-old Dutch Art gelding has one win from six starts and faces dirt for the first time here.

Laura King

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