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Home team eye Jebel Ali feature

Friday`s second meeting of the new season at Jebel Ali, sponsored in its entirety by the Shadwell organisation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a six race card highlighted by a 1200m conditions race.

Dhruba Selvaratnam, who trains on the track for his main patron His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is well represented throughout the card and has course specialist Mannjal in the feature. He won a similar race, over course and distance, when last seen in March but does have a penalty to over come as a result.

The trainer is hopeful though: "He is in good form at home and ready for a run. We know conditions suit but he does have to give the weight away and will improve for the outing." He is to be ridden by William Buick.

Doug Watson appears to provide the main dangers courtesy of Alsadeek and Classic Blade who was third in the race Mannjal won in March. Pat Dobbs rides Alsadeek with Tadhg O`Shea on Classic Blade and Watson said: "Both have form on the course which is a positive and they seem in good shape at home. They will certainly come on for the outing but should be able to run big races."

Buick is also in the saddle on Selvaratnam`s Otaared in the following 1400m handicap. A dual course and distance winner last season, he too has to give weight to his rivals on seasonal debut. Selvaratnam said: "He made a very pleasing start to his UAE career last season but struggled at Meydan. Hopefully he can bounce back, though he too will benefit from this outing and has to give weight away."

Sheikh Hamdan`s retained jockey Tadhg O`Shea rides Derbbaas, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe and he has to be feared. O`Shea agrees: "He ran ok at the [Dubai International Racing] Carnival last year and appeared to handle the Jebel Ali track on his one run. We have to be hopeful."

Stable companion Yirga also fancied to go close is now a non runner.

Watson again saddles a brace with Wayne Smith picking up the spare ride on Clasp. Smith said: "I am pleased to get back on him as he ran very well when I rode him at Abu Dhabi last year. He has run well at Jebel Ali also and can be competitive."

Summer Games, trained by Rashed Bouresly, is another to consider.

The second 1400m handicap features a clash between first meeting winners My Verse (Selvaratnam/Buick) and Rochefort (Satish Seemar/Richard Mullen). Both are clearly in good heart.

Eduardo Martins saddles Okean Mor whose last three outings were in Group 1 company in his native Brazil.

Pick Six players face a tough task all afternoon with Planetary Motion sure to be a popular choice in the concluding 1000m handicap. Florentine Ruler is an interesting new recruit to the UAE and contests the opening 1800m handicap.

Cho Cho Fever impressed when making a winning debut a fortnight ago and can follow up in the 1600m handicap.