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Competitive field line up for Jebel Ali Sprint

Shadwell Farm, the American arm of the breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, will be sponsoring the two main races at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon.

The feature is the 1000m Jebel Ali Sprint, the track`s third and final Listed race of the season. Last year`s winner Terrific Challenge defends his crown for Satish Seemar.

Ted Durcan was in the saddle last year but stable jockey Richard Mullen takes over this time and said: "These are his optimum conditions and this has been his main target again all season. We have to be hopeful."

Durcan partners Dohasa, runner-up last year, for Ismail Mohammed and he managed a course and distance victory over Seemar`s horse earlier this season.

It is certainly not a two-horse race though and Seemar also saddles Spin Cycle, who will be having his first start on dirt.

South African Mike De Kock saddles both Atlantic Sport and Frosty Secret in a race the trainer won in 2008 with Drift Ice under Kevin Shea who rides Atlantic Sport this time.

Doug Watson saddled Hammadi to win this event in 2009 and is well represented this year. Force Freeze, the mount of Kieren Fallon, would appear the best of the trainer`s three runners. It will be his first start at Jebel Ali but he handled the Nad Al Sheba dirt so there must be every chance he will act on this surface.

With two sprint races on the Dubai World Cup card now, the winner will certainly be hoping to receive an invitation for the big night.

Racing opens with a cracking 1400m conditions race and Seemar`s Escape Route takes his chance on a track he handles well. He was third in the Listed Jebel Ali Mile when last seen and this trip could well prove his optimum as he gets older (he has won over 1000m on this course).

Mullen again rides and said: "He has been running very well and we know he handles the surface so with luck he will be very competitive."

He faces another course specialist in the shape of Otaared, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam and to be ridden by Fallon. They were fourth in the Jebel Ali Mile, just behind Escape Route.

De Kock`s Warsaw and the Doug Watson-trained Quartier Latin look best of the rest with the latter, the mount of Richard Hills, owned by sponsor His Highness Sheikh Hamdan and a good winner over course and distance last time from Otaared.

Watson said: "We have always really liked this horse and it was very satisfying to finally see him get his head back in front. He relished the surface and the straight course so, hopefully, can build on that win."

It is the penultimate meeting of the season at the course.