Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2011 – The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club sponsor five of the six races at their third meeting of the new season on Sunday with the final race the featured 2200m handicap attracting a field of 12.
It looks highly competitive with Satish Seemar dominating the declarations with four runners and stable jockey Richard Mullen elects to partner Achill Bay who was an excellent third at Meydan last week.
Mullen explains: “That was a very pleasing run last week and he was staying on strongly. The extra distance will help him and we know he stays further and likes Abu Dhabi. He must have a decent chance in an open race.”
Of his stable companions, Harry Bentley rides Pulpit Point who was a good fifth at Abu Dhabi’s first meeting of the season with the quartet completed by Jose Adan, the mount of Colm O’Donoghue and Pat Cosgrave’s mount, Radegund Abbey.
Seemar’s runners certainly will not have things their own way and Dhruba Selvaratnam’s Aattash looks a big danger under James Doyle, while Erwan Charpy introduces Almiqdaad for his UAE debut.
A high-class handicapper in the UK for the late Michael Jarvis, he has not run since September 2010 but reportedly worked well under Tadhg O’Shea last week.
Charpy said: “Tadhg was very pleased with him and said the horse was ready for a run. This looks a good starting point but he will obviously improve for the outing as he has been off a long time.”
With Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe in great form, top-weight With Interest, should certainly not be ignored under Royston Ffrench.
However, he fares, Al Raihe and Ffrench appear to have a strong chance in the opening 1600m conditions race with local debutant Mestor who carries the colours of Oman’s Royal Cavalry.
A winner on his racecourse debut in Europe, he was placed on each of his three subsequent starts including in Group One company. He sets a high standard for his 15 rivals although he does have to give weight all round.
Of the remainder, Yazan and Dstor both made pleasing debuts behind Kalahari Desert in the first race of the season. That winner was trained by Ernst Oertel who saddled a double last week and relies on Shamal Al Asayl in this race.
Wathba Stud Farm continue their generous sponsorship of a series of races restricted to horses owned by private owners with a 1600m maiden which has attracted a full field of 16.
It looks wide open with most of the runners having demonstrated some level of form and it promises to be a minefield for Pick Six players.