Manuel looks to slice through racing action in Sharjah

Sharjah`s second meeting of the current campaign, on Saturday, is again a seven race card with two Thoroughbred contests and five for Purebred Arabians.

The feature is a 2000m conditions race for the latter and for which six have been declared.

These include the Tony Manuel-trained Knife who won a similar race last week over 1700m.

That was a career best effort and he clearly handles the surface. Manuel said: "That was a very pleasing win last week and hopefully he can run well again but this is another decent contest."‬‬‪‪

He was chased home on that occasion by Bareq, trained by Musabah Al Muhairi and again the mount of Wayne Smith who said: "The extra trip should suit us and he never runs a bad race. He will be thereabouts again with luck."‬‬‪‪

However, the one they have to beat is probably Quite A Show who will be ridden by Champion Jockey Tadhg O`Shea for his main employer His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The four year old colt is trained by Doug Watson who said: "His form in America is on dirt and he goes well on it at home. We have to be hopeful of a big run."‬‬‪‪

The same connections also appear to have a strong chance in the concluding 1700m handicap with Fantastique MHF, a course winner last season.‬‬‪‪

The penultimate race is a 1700m maiden for Thoroughbreds and Radegund Abbey, trained by Satish Seemar for Zabeel Racing International, sets the standard of those with experience.

He was a good second on his UAE debut on the Abu Dhabi turf in February but was well beaten at Jebel Ali subsequently.

His UK form was solid and jockey Richard Mullen said: "He certainly has the ability to win a race of this nature assuming he handles the surface."‬‬‪‪

Al Muhairi and Smith combine with Mysterious Moon who will find this easier than the handicap he contested over course and distance last week.‬‬‪‪

The other Thoroughbred race is a 2000m handicap and Watson and O`Shea again combine, this time with Gulf of Gold.

A Jebel Ali winner on the first day of the season, he also won at Sharjah last year and would appear to have a lot in his favour.‬‬‪‪

Old rival Daweyrr looks the main danger for trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam, though he was behind Heart Beat in a race over 1700m here last week.

That one represents Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and stable jockey Royston Ffrench.‬