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Meydan`s first Winter Meet a competitive affair

Dubai, UAE, November 10, 2010 – Emirates Airline is the generous sponsor this evening as horse racing action makes its eagerly awaited return to Meydan Racecourse. All six races are on the highly-acclaimed All – Weather surface, with one Purebred Arabian contest, the Wolgan Valley, a 1400m handicap, opening proceedings at 6.35pm.

The feature is the penultimate 1600m Emirates Holidays, and 11 will face the starter in a wide open contest. Former Champion Trainer Doug Watson saddles two with Shopton Lane looking the first string with Pat Dobbs booked to ride.

Rory Cleary will partner stable companion Fares and Watson said: “We made a nice start last week and hopefully can continue in good form. The racing does look very competitive though. Shopton Lane is well and pleasing us but you can never discount Fares.”

Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe is also doubly represented and Richard Hills will ride Aamaaq for his main employer, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with stable jockey Royston Ffrench on Bermuda Rye who has to give weight all round.

Dahteer, for Dhruba Selvaratnam and William Buick, Hopes And Fears (Musabah Al Muhairi/Wayne Smith) and Ever Loved (Satish Seemar/Richard Mullen) are others to consider.

The following 1900m handicap, the Emirates Airline, is equally well contested and the Selvaratnam/Buick combination rely on Ans Bach who is an interesting runner if staying a trip he has yet to run over.

Watson and Dobbs combine with Dynamic Saint and the trainer said: “He has been a great servant to the yard and certainly retains plenty of ability. Hopefully he can run a big race.”

Erwan Charpy is triple-handed with Craigstown (Cleary), Mister Fasliyev (Supple) and Pascal (Hills) and all three would appear to hold good claims.

Gill Duffield is always feared in the Purebred Arabian field and saddles both Jawass (Cleary) and Estiqraar (Hills) in the opener. Eric Lemartinel and Philippe Barbe both enjoyed doubles at Abu Dhabi on Sunday and rely on Rafed and Marjan Al Asayl respectively.

The following 1400m maiden, Skywards, is an intriguing contest with Satish Seemar saddling four of the 14 runners. Mullen chooses to partner Saudi Summer and said: “It was a difficult choice. It looks a decent maiden and we will learn a lot about our four.”

Energia Central could be the one to beat though for Eduardo Martins.