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Ali Raihe triple handed in Jebel Ali feature

Derrinstown Stud, the Irish arm of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum`s Shadwell breeding operation, sponsor the featured 1400m conditions race at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon.

The famous blue and white silks of the sponsor will be carried by both Munaddam, trained by Erwan Charpy and the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-prepared Mujaazef.

The owner`s retained jockey Richard Hills rides the latter who started the season with three victories here at Jebel Ali, including one over course and distance. He was narrowly denied a four-timer by Alo Pura and has had two Dubai World Cup Carnival starts at Meydan since.

Hills said: "He loves the track and surface at Jebel Ali and this looks a good opportunity for him. He ran very well for a long way at Meydan last week in a Group 3 so is dropping in class and should go well. There are a few dangers in there but I am hoping for a good run."

Tadhg O`Shea takes the mount on Munaddam, who is returning from almost a year off and is having his first start at Jebel Ali, having shown very little on his sole previous dirt outing at Nad Al Sheba back in 2008.

Trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam, Otaared returns to his optimum conditions after a run at Meydan last time and a run over 1600m on his home course prior to that. He did win once over that trip at Jebel Ali but his other five course wins have all been registered over 1400m.

William Buick will ride and Selvaratnam said: "Conditions are ideal and he seems in good form but he will need to be near his best in a decent little contest."

He narrowly beat Five Cents, another runner for Al Raihe (who also has Happy Dubai in the field) in December and should again have his measure with Escape Route appearing the other to consider.

Owned by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya, Escape Route is trained by Satish Seemar and will be ridden by Richard Mullen, as he was when winning over course and distance in March with Otaared back in third.

Mullen said: "He ran very well on his return at Abu Dhabi and has run twice at Meydan`s Carnival since. This is probably a little bit easier and hopefully he can be very competitive."

The best of the three handicaps is over 1800m with Selvaratnam`s Emmrooz seeking to concede weight to nine rivals. Winner of last year`s Jebel Ali Stakes (1950m), Selvaratnam`s charge chased home the progressive Treble Jig in the 2012 renewal of the same race and should go close.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan, Al Raihe and Hills all combine again with Sharaayeen who looks a big danger, while stable companion Zain Shamardal is another likely to feature on many Pick Six forms with Royston Ffrench in the saddle.

Selvaratnam also has strong claims in the concluding 1900m handicap with Tesslam and the 1400m handicap with Dahteer. They, like Otaared and Emmrooz, are owned by racecourse patron His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.