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Dash For Cash Takes Jebel Ali Friday Focus

Rich sprint completes the treble

THE LISTED JEBEL ALI SPRINT (1000m) sponsored by Derrinstown Stud highlights the track’s penultimate meeting of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) racing season on Friday afternoon.

Prizemoney of AED500,000 has attracted a competitive field of 13 for the popular daytime venue’s third and final feature race of the campaign.


HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is virtually guaranteed to again finish the season as Champion UAE Owner, has already captured the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile (1600m) with Sefri and the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes (1950m) with Haatheq, and will launch a three-prong attack on claiming the clean sweep.


Paul Hanagan, his first retained jockey has chosen to ride the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Ajraam which is trying the minimum trip for the very first time.


“He lost his chance last time when messing about in the stalls and blowing the start so hopefully he won’t do that again,” said Hanagan.
“He stays further and they will go quick so he should be running on strongly,” “It looks a wide open race this year and a case can be made for quite a few.”


Dane O’Neill, also retained by Sheikh Hamdan, partners Kasb prepared by Ali Rashid Al Raihe and winner of his only previous outing over 1000 metres. He was ridden on that occasion by O’Neill, at Newbury in the United Kingdom when on debut in April 2014.


This will be the four-year-old’s fourth dirt outing after finishing third on all three previous efforts on the surface, including over 1200 metres here at Jebel Ali.


“He has been running well enough,” said O’Neill. “He showed he handled the track on his one Jebel Ali start and hopefully he can at least be competitive in an open looking renewal.”
Al Muhairi, who also prepares Mushir, Sheikh Hamdan’s other runner, has led in the Jebel Ali Sprint winner in three of the past four seasons. Art Wave and Conform With Fact round out the quartet of stable runners attempting back to back success for his Oasis One stable.


Art Wave to be ridden by stable jockey Fernando Jara won his first three Jebel Ali visits this season, twice over 1400 metres and over 1200 metres, before finishing a closing second on his initial career effort at the shorter trip.
“Jebel Ali really suits him,” said Jara. “He has improved a lot this season and should run well.”


Doug Watson, leading the season’s trainers’ table relies on My Catch, winner of the 2014 Meydan Classic (1400m) on turf, and successful there on dirt earlier this term. The gelding will be making his debut on the Jebel Ali surface.


“He has been in good form and running consistently,” said Watson. “We are running here instead of the Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Saturday. “Hopefully he takes to the track and surface, in which case he should be thereabouts.”


Long serving Jebel Ali trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam is set to saddle three including United Color and Morawij, first and second in the course and distance prep a fortnight ago.
Stable jockey Chris Hayes switches to United Color having chased him and Wayne Smith home on that occasion aboard Morawij.


Smith now rides Morawij, with Speed Hawk, having his first start for the trainer, the mount of David Probert.


“United Color surprised us somewhat,” said Selvaratnam. “We thought he would need that run so it was a good effort as we thought Morawij would be hard to beat. “Both should run well again, while we will find out if Speed Hawk handles the surface in a race. He has run well on the Meydan dirt and seems at home on it in the mornings.”