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Qatar trainer has Heart set on Zabeel Mile

Dubai Duty Free are the generous sponsors of Thursday`s final meeting of the 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival, featuring an ultra-competitive Group Two Zabeel Mile over 1600m on the Turf. It is a last chance for those seeking a Dubai World Cup night berth and a competitive card has been assembled.

Trained in Qatar by Ibrahim Al Malki, Hearts of Fire looks a big threat to all after two very promising runs already at the Carnival and Adrie De Vries rides here rather than in Doha on this occasion.

A Group One winner as a juvenile, he was an expensive purchase last year and Al Malki said: "We have been pleased with his efforts and hopefully he can build on them. The wide draw is not ideal perhaps but we have to be hopeful."

English trainer Alan Jarvis won this in 2008 (when the race was divided into two heats) with Wise Dennis and saddles a similar sort this year in Navajo Chief. Winner of a handicap last time, he has been in good form throughout the Carnival and Jarvis said: "He deserved that win after some good efforts and this is the ideal chance to step him up in class. Obviously it is a lot tougher race but he is fit and well."

Just behind him when he won were Kavango and Fareer who have to be respected in a wide open contest.

Another to win a handicap last time is the Tracey Collins-trained Across The Rhine whose enthusiastic owner Jimmy Long said: "He deserves his chance in this company after two great Turf runs at the Carnival. It is a big step up in class but we expect a big run."

Marco Botti trains Fanualter who was not beaten far last time by the very useful Raihana, while according to official ratings Cat Junior and Silverside should not be far away although neither have fired in two Carnival starts this year.

The same could be said of Invisible Man, a winner at Royal Ascot last year for Godolphin and Saeed Bin Suroor who also has Caymans in the field, while fellow Godolphin trainer Mahmoud Al Zarooni steps Rileyskeepingfaith up in both class and distance after two promising runs over 1200m.

Royal Ascot winners could hold the key to the main support race, the 3200m DRC Gold Cup which is also on the grass and the longest race of the UAE season. Bergo was a winner at the UK`s biggest meeting last year, as was Mikhail Glinka and it is the latter, now trained by Herman Brown, who is strongly fancied in this event.

Last year`s winner Sabotage again clashes with runner-up Age of Reason and fourth, Whispering Gallery. All three are trained by bin Suroor, as is La De Two and, as he did last year, Frankie Dettori elects to partner Whispering Gallery.

Luca Cumani trains Drunken Sailor who can certainly not be discounted, while Saudi Arabia`s Muller was fourth in the 2009 Dubai World Cup on his sole previous visit to the UAE. It is hard to know what to make of his chances over a new trip and not having previously raced on turf.

The first race is at 6:35pm and gates open to the public at 5:00pm.