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Who will list Jebel Ali Mile?

Shadwell Farm, the American arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum`s breeding empire, sponsor Friday afternoon`s Listed Jebel Ali Mile worth a total of AED500,000.

The sponsor has a good record in the races he has backed in recent years and his Snaafy, who won this race last year when officially the best ever horse to have raced at Jebel Ali (as he carris an official rating of 115), is back to defend his crown in the 1600m feature with the same star billing.

Retained jockey Richard Hills is again in the saddle and said: "We know conditions suit him and this has been the target since he won the race last year but it does look a strong renewal."

Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, Snaafy was chased home last year by stable companion Atlantic Brave, also declared to run and will be ridden by Royston Ffrench, with stable jockey Wayne Smith choosing to ride this year`s Jebel Ali Stakes winner Treble Jig.

No horse has won both races but that does not worry Smith who said: "It is great for the whole yard to have four genuine contenders and Treble Jig has been a revelation since joining us from England. I am very hopeful of a big run."

Al Muhairi also saddles Happy Today who was narrowly denied in the prep race by the Satish Seemar-trained He`sminenotyours who certainly deserves his opportunity in this exalted company.

Last seasonís champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe saddles Haatheq, also owned by His HighnessSheikh Hamdan and a promising third behind He`sminenotyours when Energia Colonial was an eye-catching fourth.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum owns the racecourse which is celebrating its 20th anniversary so a win for his Jaasoos, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam, would be particularly well received by the ever enthusiastic Jebel Ali crowd.

William Buick takes the ride on the eight-year-old who has won three Listed races in the UAE on the Abu Dhabi turf, but is yet to win on his `home track`. Selvaratnam said: "He is very well in himself and in great form but this is a very strong Jebel Ali Mile and looks a Group 3 race in all bar name. His very best form is on turf and he would need to transfer that level of performance to Jebel Ali where he has not won after six attempts and he has the worst draw. He did win on dirt at Nad Al Sheba though. I think he will run well but would be hopeful rather than confident."

The main support race is a 1200m conditions event in which Selvaratnam`s Forjatt is an interesting runner on his dirt debut on his second UAE start. Selvaratnam said: "He works well enough on the dirt in the mornings so hopefully he will go well but Kilt Rock looks a much improved sprinter this season and could be the one to beat."

Another contender is Kilt Rock, trained by Doug Watson for ever enthusiastic owners EERC (Emirates Entertainment Racing Club) whose manger Justin Byrne said: "He has done everything we have asked of him this season and to win four on the spin is amazing. Remarkably we have a horse in England called Karma Chameleon who has done exactly the same. This is by far Kilt Rock`s hardest task to date but he deserves the step up in class and we are really looking forward to it. It is exciting!"

Alazeyab and Terrific Challenge, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe and Satish Seemar respectively, look certain to be popular Pick Seven alternatives.