Spring Meet finale at Meydan on Saturday

Saturday`s final Meydan Spring meeting and the penultimate fixture at the UAE`s flagship racecourse before Dubai World Cup night three weeks later is a seven race card kindly sponsored by Zabeel Feedmill.

All seven races are on the All-Weather and for Thoroughbreds with the sixth, the Dubai Millennium (GB) handicap, the undoubted highlight and a race which would have graced Thursday`s Dubai International Racing Carnival card.

Fourteen have been declared with South Africa`s Mike De Kock represented by both Solid Choice, a Carnival winner earlier in the year and Carnival regular Frosty Secret. Neither have won at this trip but have to be feared with slight preference for Solid Choice, the mount of Kevin Shea.

De Kock said: "They have both been running at the Carnival but there are no more suitable options so this is a great chance to get another race into them.They are just tough, solid, performers but should be competitive and go well."
Dhruba Selvaratnam trains Dahteer who was not beaten far last time he ran over course and distance and won his most recent outing at Jebel Ali. He is one of a host of dangers which also include My Sweet Baby who drops significantly in class for Bahrain`s Fawzi Nass.

Spindrift (IRE), the preceding 1200m handicap looks particularly competitive and Il Grande Maurizio is an interesting runner for Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe. He drops back in trip under stable jockey Royston Ffrench who will be hoping to get to the front from a poor draw.

Assistant trainer Jilani Siddiqui said: "He has run some good races in defeat and been tried in good company. This looks a good opportunity as he shows plenty of speed."
Qamar is a course and distance winner who has to go close, as should Golden Shaheen, a recent winner at Jebel Ali. Former UAE Champion Jockey Gary Hind has his first ride at Meydan after a sustained spell in Bahrain.

He rides League Champion for Rashed Bouresly and said: "It will be great to ride at the new course which looks amazing. I have enjoyed a lot of success during a long association with Dubai and am looking for a few rides at the end of the season having been in Bahrain until now."
Racing concludes with Nabhaan (IRE), a 2000m handicap and this too appears wide open; Stephane Chevalier trains Lando Junior who failed to handle the Jebel Ali dirt last time but had previously impressed winning and finishing third at Meydan.

Chevalier said: "You can ignore the Jebel Ali run so we would have to be hopeful of going close as he loves the [All-Weather] surface."
Sabotuer, trained by Abdulla bin Huzaim, is another returning to Meydan after a disappointment at Jebel Ali. He should not be far away under Jesus Rosales, while Clasp is respected for Doug Watson with apprentice Harry Bentley claiming a valuable 3kgs.

The first race is at 6:15pm and gates open to the public at 5:00pm.