Horse racing in UAE: All eyes on Watson, Bin Ghadayer runners at Jebel Ali

Jebel Ali Racecourse will be back in action on Friday

Jebel Ali Racecourse will be back in action on Friday
Jebel Ali Racecourse can be again in motion on Friday
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Dubai: Doug Watson and Salem Bin Ghadayer, who dominated the season-opening race meet at Jebel Ali Racecourse a fortnight in the past, look set to proceed their robust runs with some probabilities as Friday afternoon’s seven-race assembly.

Between them, Watson and Ghadayer received 5 races on the opener with the previous serving to himself to a few trophies.

Friday’s card is highlighted by a rated circumstances stakes occasion for horses that haven’t received three races and which can not have attracted the massive area that the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) have been hoping for, but it surely nonetheless boasts some first rate high quality among the many 5 runners.

Captain Von Trapp, a horse whose identify was impressed by the Austro-Hungarian naval officer and patriarch of the Von Trapp Household Singer from the epic 1965 musical ‘The Sound of Music’, will bid to present Phoenix Thoroughbreds Ltd III a primary UAE winner with their seventeenth native runner.

The mount of Royston Ffrench, who takes the journey for Emirati handler Bin Ghadayer, the four-year-old Trappe Shot colt was twice profitable in his native USA when beforehand educated by Corridor of Fame handler Steve Asmussen.

This can be his first begin at Jebel Ali having beforehand raced at Meydan throughout the 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival the place he ending an in depth second to Moqarrar in his final outing in February in a 1,600m grime handicap.

Commenting on his probabilities Ffrench stated: “He has carried out effectively over the summer time and this look a very good alternative to get him going for the season and to strive him at Jebel Ali.”

The largest risk amongst his 4 rivals seems to be Watson-trained grime debutant Gabr, the mount of Sam Hitchcott, who’s sitting in for the injured Pat Dobbs.

Final seen on the finish of January, the five-year-old son of Intello beforehand hit the mark twice when educated in Britain by Michael Stoute.

Certainly one of these wins got here within the Listed Basis Stakes at Goodwood.

Watson, who seems to have his yard in good order early within the season, stated: “He’s a pleasant horse and has been working effectively. It’s a small area and appears the best platform from which to construct his season.”

Gabr is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, who sponsors the mile by his breeding arm, Shadwell.

Nevertheless, Sheikh Hamdan’s retained jockey, Dane O’Neill has opted to associate Eqtiraan for former champion coach Ali Rashid Al Rayhi.

A gelded son of Helmet who was previously educated by Richard Hannon when based mostly in Britain, the six-year-old is but to interrupt his duck within the UAE after 13 begins.

Al Rayhi additionally saddles Sheikh Hamdan’s third runner, Mashaheer, the selection of steady jockey Connor Beasley over Zaajer, the mount of Sandro Paiva.

The principle help race, a Shadwell Farm handicap over 1800m, will even be contested by six runners together with the Watson duo of Simply A Penny and Grand Argentier.

The previous, the mount of Hitchcott, is a real course specialist with all his eight profession victories approaching the course.

In distinction, Grand Argentier has solely raced as soon as at Jebel Ali which was 4 years in the past in December 2016.

Nevertheless, he EERC (Emirates Leisure Racing Membership) galloper has received 4 instances at Meydan, most lately in a 1,900m Carnival handicap in January.

Justin Byrne, who created the racing syndicate and stays its driving pressure stated: “He didn’t appear to love Jebel Ali, however that was a very long time in the past and numerous work has been carried out on the floor since. The race reopened as there have been so few entries, there’s not a lot for him at Meydan in the meanwhile, so we thought it was value a go.”

Royston Ffrench chooses to journey Bin Ghadayer-trainee Montsarrat, a twin winner of the 1,950m Jebel Ali Stakes who’s in search of a hat-trick in that Listed contest.

The assembly opens with a Purebred Arabian handicap sponsored by Al Sahel Contracting, which has usually attracted a area of 15 runners led by a number of champion coach Ernst Oertel’s AF Heraqle.

GB Choices

Race 1: 1. Af Heraqle, 2. Af Athabeh
Race 2: 1, Lake Causeway, 2. Miracle Maker
Race 3: 1. Fraserburgh, 2. Maqaadeer
Race 4: 1, Gabr, 2, Captain Von Trapp
Race 5: 1. Grand Argentier, 2. Montsarrat
Race 6: 1. Torno Subito, 2. Al Hadeer
Race 7: 1. Untold Secret, 2. Welford
Day’s Finest: Gabr

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