Forjatt T0 Foreclose On Another Mile?

Intriguing prep for riches to come

THE JEBEL ALI MILE PREP (1600m) will highlight the card when racing returns to the popular Dubai racecourse Friday afternoon following a three week break.

Forjatt, winner of the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile (1600m) in 2014 and first past the post again in last year’s renewal,only to be disqualified after testing positive for a prohibited substance in his system, heads the weights for the AED 110,000 conditions event

The eight-year-old gelding, owned by racecourse patron HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam, has started this season in rude health.

Two starts, both on the turf at Abu Dhabi, have produced wins in the National Day Cup Prep (1600m) and then the National Day Cup (1600m) itself a month ago.

“He has started the season very well and remains in great form,” revealed Selvaratnam. “He has a penalty on Friday which makes the task tougher but, hopefully, he will run a big race.
“The Jebel Ali Mile is an obvious target but we hope to take him to Meydan for the Carnival also, probably on turf.”

Amongst the opposition, the Ahmed bin Harmash-trained Ennobled Friend can boast a course and distance win.

On the corresponding weekend 12 months ago the six-year-old was running in the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challenge though well beaten in tenth, before subsequently placed fifth in the Jebel Ali Mile a month later.

Ennobled Friend appeared in need of the outing when finishing a distant sixth of seven in the Dubai Creek Mile (1600m) on his seasonal debut at Meydan last month.

Sefri, trained at Dubai`s Green Stables by Erwan Charpy, was a Jebel Ali winner three weeks ago over the longer 1800m and is dropping back in distance to attempt this trip for the first time.

Forjatt may well be pressed for Pick Six favouritism by Busatto, a course winner at his past two outings.

Prepared from Red Stables, on Dubai`s Metropolitan Training Track, by Trainers` Championship pacesetter Doug Watson, the six-year-old who was formerly based in the United Kingdom, is spending his first season in the UAE.

He was a turf failure on debut at Abu Dhabi but since being switched to the unique contours of Jebel Ali has earned a substantial rise on the rating scale.

“He has certainly proved he likes Jebel Ali,” said Watson. “This is basically a good opportunity to find out where we stand with him. Hopefully he will be a stakes horse and this is the obvious place to try and find out.
“He is in great shape at home and should run well.”

Selvaratnam will saddle two home-based runners amongst the field of eight in the following Romeo Interiors Condition Race (1200m) which also carries a AED 110,000 purse.

Sholaan to be ridden by stable jockey Chris Hayes, will be making his second appearance of the term following his first-up third on the track in handicap company in November while former UAE Champion Jockey Wayne Smith has been enlisted to handle the Brazilian import Grand Salute who turns out for the first time this season.

“I have six runners on the card and Sholaan must be my best chance,” said Selvaratnam. “He has just had one run this season and needed it so, we hope, he is spot on for this week.”

Three of the runners will carry the colours of leading owner HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum whose first jockey, Paul Hanagan, chooses to ride Mushaakis.

The six-year-old, trained at Dubai`s Meydan complex by Granstand Stable`s Ali Rashid Al Raihe, is attempting to win his fourth race on end, all climbing Jebel Ali`s formidable hill.

Art Wave is another galloper relishing the outer Dubai track this season.

Dubai World Cup winning rider Fernando Jara appears to have found the key to the formerly quirky Irish-bred having cajoled him to win his two starts at the course.

The Musabah Al Muhairi-trained five-year-old is dropping back in distance to face his toughest task so far.