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National Day prep race to take place Sunday

The Thoroughbreds take centre stage at Abu Dhabi`s second meeting of the new season this Sunday with the 1600m National Day Prep race concluding the six race card.

Fifteen were declared but Satish Seemar`s Master Daniel has been withdrawn leaving the trainer with Eddie Jock and Birbone.

Stable jockey elects to ride Eddie Jock who was runner-up in this race last year. Mullen explained: "He is a decent horse and we know conditions suit him. He deserves a win as he has run some solid races in defeat. Birbone is new to the yard but showing promise."‬‬

Also double handed is Doug Watson with Pat Dobbs riding War Monger and Tadhg O`Shea on Marching Time.

The trainer expects both to go well: "Both are in good form at home and there should be little between them. Marching Time arrived later last year and did not make the Carnival, while it was a bit of a rush with War Monger. Both have thrived with the summer to acclimatise and we are hopeful."‬‬

Dhruba Selvaratnam has three in the field with Yasoodd to be ridden by Willie Supple and Mulaqat by Rory Cleary both carrying the colours of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Born To Be King completes the trio and Selvaratnam said: "It appears the ideal opportunity to get them back on the track. Mulaqat is better over further and will probably need the run. Born To Be King had some decent form in Europe but Yasoodd is probably our best chance as we know he handles the conditions. That said, he is not easy to win with."‬‬

Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe also has two runners with stable jockey Royston Ffrench partnering Five cents instead of the very talented but somewhat frustrating Stubbs Art.‬‬

Knight of Dance has to give weight away but Wayne Smith, stable jockey to trainer Musabah Al Muhairi, expects a big run: "He is in good shape and goes well fresh". ‬‬

The other five races are restricted to the Purebred Arabians with the penultimate one, a 2200m handicap, the most valuable.

Eight have been declared with Samira De Carrere, trained by Eric Lemartinel, sure to prove popular with the Pick Six players.

She was second in a much better race when last seen but the handicapper has penalised him accordingly.‬‬

Al Mannsoub and GRP Baghdad appeal most of the remainder.‬‬