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Dixie Seeks Seventh Career Victory at Abu Dhabi Sunday

Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club stages its first meeting of 2017 on Sunday with a six race card, highlighted by a 2200m handicap featuring six time winner, RB Dixie Burning.

She faces seven rivals and is one of two owned by HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trained by Eric Lemartinel.
UAE Champion Jockey, Tadhg O’Shea, takes the ride.

Victorious in her first three outings, all in early 2014, RB Dixie Burning was not seen again until March 2016 when third on her return at Abu Dhabi.

She has been in irrepressible form this season, winning all three starts, here at Abu Dhabi, twice over 1600m but also over this 2200m.

Gerald Avranche rides stable companion, Najm Alemarat, whose most recent victory was just over a year ago on the Al Ain dirt.

“They are two good horses and give the Al Asayl team a strong hand,” said O’Shea. “Both should run well but RB Dixie Burning has been in really good form this season and, off a very low weight, must have a big chance.”

They would appear the most likely winners with, perhaps, the Ernst Oertel-trained AF La’Asae, the biggest threat under Richard Mullen.

He was quite impressive when winning, over course and distance, on his most recent outing but was a long way behind RB Dixie Burning on their seasonal debuts in early November.

Helal Al Alawi enjoyed a treble at Al Ain on Friday, when most of his runners performed well, so his AK Adour could be another to consider.

The only Thoroughbred contest is a 1400m handicap and the maximum allowed field of 14 are set to take their chance in what appears an ultra-competitive heat.

Satish Seemar and Richard Mullen enjoyed a treble at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday’s second meeting of the 2017 Dubai World Cup Carnival and they combine with Taaj.

He was fourth, behind impressive stable companion, Akeed Champion, over this 1400m on his first local start on turf after two disappointing efforts on dirt (one at Meydan, one at Jebel Ali).

Mullen said: “I rode Akeed Champion on that occasion and it seemed a decent enough race so Taaj’s effort was a good one. Hopefully he can build on that and the horses have been in good form throughout the season so far.”

Seemar actually saddles five of the filed with Shihab, the mount of apprentice Cameron Noble, perhaps appearing his second main hope.

O’Shea rides Najm Suhail, making a rare turf appearance and seeking a first win on the surface at the seventh attempt, for Ali Rashid Al Rayhi.

“He seems in good form and should run a solid race but it looks very competitive,” said O’Shea.

Musabbeh Al Mheiri appears to have two live hopes with Court Room, the mount of George Buckell and Colour Guard who will be ridden by stable jockey, Fernando Jara.

Both actually registered their most recent victories in China with Court Room successful last April and Colour Guard 24 months previously in 2014.