July 11, 2012, Newmarket Racecourse ~ The President of the UAE Cup, (UK Arabian Derby) GR 1 PA takes off on Friday 13 July with six four- year- olds for a trip of 10 furlongs and a chance at a piece of the £50,000 prize.
A small but select field for the UK Arabian Derby returns to Newmarket after a three year run at Ascot. Al Hibaab is extremely unlucky to still be a maiden having been second on his three starts to date behind two of today’s rivals. He will pick up a decent prize this season but it’s unlikely to be this contest.
Three of these met at Chantilly in June over this trip and on that occasion Al Mamum Monlau finished three and a half lengths clear of the Julian Smart pair Rathowen and Mkeefa. All are top class horses but AL MAMUM MONLAU is the pick to frank the form. Trainer J F Bernard has trained four of the last five winners of this race.
Pentagon has been highly tried and looks useful but this is a step up in grade. If there is to be an upset it could come from Theeba who created a favourable impression on her debut at Fakenham. This is a huge step up in grade but she may get the run of the race upfront and prove difficult to peg back. (Gary Capewell)Racecard
Horse Trainer Jockey
AL HIBAAB (FR)( Al Sakbe x letlato De Carrere) Mrs G M Duffield Paul Hanagan 86
(Draw 4) Owner, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin R Al Maktoum – ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulettes, striped cap.
AL MAMUN MONLAU (FR) (Munjiz x Salah De Monlau) Mr J F Bernard Mickael Forest
(Draw 6) Owner, Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani – GREY with RED epaulettes, GREY sleeves and cap.
PENTAGON (DK) (Marawan x Pengalia Kossack) Mr M Romanowski Carlos Lopez NR
(Draw 3) BL Owner, Kristina Bolbro Agerholm – RED and GREEN with YELLOW sash, RED and GREEN sleeves, YELLOW cap.
RATHOWAN(Amer x Arc De Ciel) Mr J Smart Silvestre De Sousa 95
(Draw 1) BL Owner, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani– ROYAL BLUE, WHITE stars, ROYAL BLUE cap, WHITE star.
MKEEFA (Amer x Nisaee) Mr J Smart Neil Callan 106
(Draw 2) BL Owner, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani– ROYAL BLUE, WHITE stars, WHITE cap, BLUE star.
THEEBA (Amer x Massamarie) Mr J Smart Ted Durcan 85
(Draw 5) VIS Owner, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani– ROYAL BLUE, WHITE stars, BLACK cap
Full Race Card PDF: 0713Newmarket Arabian Racecard