Seemar eyes Thoroughbred feature in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club are again the main sponsors at their sixth meeting of the season this Sunday with the sole Thoroughbred race, a competitive 2400m handicap, concluding the six race card.

Eleven have been declared with trainer Satish Seemar appearing to have a very strong hand with four runners.

Stable jockey Richard Mullen has chosen Radegund Abbey, trying this trip for the first time, with Harry Bentley on course and distance winner Achill Bay.

Mullen rode the latter last time, when they were third, a place behind Radegund Abbey, in a 2200m handicap.

Mullen explained: "It was not easy to choose and both have a decent chance as they go well at Abu Dhabi.

We expect them both to run well but Radegund Abbey was having his first run this season last time so has hopefully come on for it. This will be Achill Bay`s third run of the campaign."

Seemar also saddles Sunday Symphony and Highland Glen but their claims are less obvious than those of their stable companions.

Ismail Mohammed has two runners in the race with the bottom weight, Air Of Grace, looking an interesting contender under Antioco Murgia.

A winner on his UAE debut in February, he has faced some stiff tasks since but this looks his easiest opportunity for some time.

Dhruba Selvaratnam trains Yashrid, the mount of James Doyle and who will certainly find this 2400m more suitable than the 1600m he tried on his only previous run locally on the first night of the season.

Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe switches Trust N Dustan to turf for the first time since he arrived in the UAE and, with the yard in such good form, he cannot be totally discounted.

The weights are headed by Mojave Moon who will be ridden by Pat Cosgrave for trainer Mubarak bin Shafya.

He may appreciate the return to turf after a run at both Meydan and Jebel Ali already this season. At least he should not lack for race fitness.

The best of the Purebred Arabian races is the penultimate one on the card, a 1600m handicap for which 11 have been declared. It looks a very tricky conundrum for Pick Six players.

Richard Hills partners the top-weight Ejaabi for his main employer, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum who owns four of the runners.

Trained by Gill Duffield, Ejaabi is making his seasonal return but did run well on his first start last season. However, he is arguably better over further.

Stable companion El Rigoletto, also owned by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, cannot be ruled out, while the owner`s second jockey, Tadhg O`Shea, rides the Doug Watson-trained Quite A Show (who Hills could not ride as he is only set to carry 52kgs) who won here over 1400m a fortnight ago.

Ernst Oertel relies on Forgehill Cezanne who has not run January 2010 but did have some very good form in Europe prior to that.