February 23, 2013, Abu Dhabi Press Release ~ The official highlight of Sunday’s Abu Dhabi meeting is the Group 2 middle round of the Arabian Triple Crown and seven have been declared for the 2200m Purebred Arabian feature. Trainer Ernst Oertel saddled four winners at the previous meeting in the Capital two weeks ago with Champion Jockey Tadhg O’Shea on three of them. O’Shea has also logged three consecutive wins on entry Shayel Aldhabi. A filly, she has won all four of her starts locally, including the Emirates Fillies’ Classic a fortnight ago.
That was over 1600m and she has to prove her stamina for this longer trip under a penalty, but does appear highly progressive. Her jockey concurs. “I have won three times on her over 1600m so this is a big step up in trip but I think she will stay,” said O’Shea. We also have Najm Alemarat in the race and he is a good colt so it was a tough choice, especially as she is penalised, but it is hard to desert the filly after those three wins.”
Najm Alemarat was also in action two weeks ago, headed on the line in the UAE Arabian Derby by O’Shea on stablemate Skoop, over Sunday’s course and distance. He has at least proved he stays this trip but he was well beaten by Shayel Aldhabi in their previous clash, over 1600m, but is weighted to at least finish closer this time.
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