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Riches On Top Of The Hill On Track`s Headline Day

Forjatt takes aim again at home course mile

LOCAL FAVOURITE Forjatt attempts to maintain an unbeaten season and capture another rich prize on his home track in the Jebel Ali Mile (1600m) on Friday.

The Derrinstown Stud-sponsored Group 3 contest, with total prizemoney of AED575,000, is the richest race programmed each season by the popular daytime venue located in southern Dubai.
Forjatt won the 2014 renewal of the race and was first past the post again 12 months ago before the discovery of a prohibited substance in his system, revealed by a post race test, led to his disqualification.

The Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained gelding in three starts so far this season has captured the Listed National Day Cup (1600m) at Abu Dhabi, as well as the prep race for that turf contest and the prep for this, over course and distance two weeks ago.
Nine rivals are booked to line up against the Irish-bred, including Silver Galaxy, just a short head behind last year before subsequently being awarded the race following the disqualification. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth are also back.
Irishman Chris Hayes, in his first season as Selvaratnam’s stable jockey, has yet to taste defeat on the eight-year-old.

“Forjatt has really impressed me this season,” said Hayes. “He stays a strongly run mile very well so hopefully there will be a good gallop.
“He should have won the prep more easily but that was my fault as the race unfolded on the other side of the track. He did it well enough in the end and won going away.
“Hopefully, he is the one to beat.”

When promoted Silver Galaxy became a fourth winner in the race in the past five years for Meydan-based trainer Musabah Al Muhairi and a third in four renewals for owner, Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama.
Godolphin rider James Doyle has been booked for the mount on the five-year-old who has not been seen at the races since and is obliged to concede weight to the other eight.

Al Muhairi`s stable jockey, Fernando Jara, has chosen to ride the trainer`s other runner, Interpret.
The eight-year-old won his maiden over course and distance in December 2012 and is no stranger to Jebel Ali feature success having won the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes (1950m) two season ago.

He too his making a seasonal debut have not been seen since scoring over 1800 metres here at the final fixture of last season.

The in-form training, riding combination of Doug Watson and Pat Dobbs return with Shamaal Nibras who lacked luck at a vital stage in running when third past the post last year, just over a length behind Silver Galaxy.

The Red Stables chief has deliberately kept his charge fresh for another crack at this on what will be his third outing of the season and first for six weeks.

“We are very pleased with him indeed,” said Watson. “We planned to make this his third start of the season and he does seem to benefit from a gap between his races.
“Obviously it is a strong race but we expect him to run a big race.”
Mawhub, a proven Jebel Ali performer, just a neck behind Shamaal Nibrass, together with Jayed Jidan and Ennobled Friend who were promoted to fourth and fifth respectively last year are back in opposition again.

The Erwan Charpy-trained Sefri looks the most likely of the four who did not start in the race last year to make an impact.

The six-year-old acts well at Jebel Ali and won an 1800 metres conditions race ‘up the hill’ on his penultimate start.

His Pick 6 supporters, like those cheering for Forjatt and Interpret, will be hoping the race is run a at a good gallop early on to bring stamina into play.