Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD Preview

The shortest race of the night, the 1,000m Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD is certainly one of the meeting`s most difficult puzzles to solve with 16 runners set to hurtle down the straight Meydan turf track.

Joy And Fun won this for Hong Kong in 2010 and looks sure to go well again having missed the race last year through injury. In his absence 12 months ago, J J The Jet Plane landed the spoils from War Artist who will be having his second run for Mike de Kock on Saturday.

His first was a promising effort in the prep race on Super Saturday in which Invincible Ash (fourth in this last year) beat fellow Irish challengers Sole Power and Nocturnal Affair in a memorable 1-2-3 for the Emerald Isle.

Monsieur Joe was fourth in the same race for Robert Cowell and the UK-based trainer will be hoping he can reverse the form, while Prohibit, who disappointed in the trial, should run much better on this occasion.

Addictive Dream also represents the UK and Dandy Nicholls` charge won both his starts on the Meydan turf in the early weeks of the Dubai World Cup Carnival.

He will appreciate the return to turf having run on all-weather on Super Saturday and his presence guarantees a frantic gallop from the off.

Secret Asset and Group 1 winner Margot Did complete the English challenge but look to face a stiff task, especially the latter with stall 16 not looking ideal and having been well beaten in the prep when American raider Regally Ready, winner of last year`s Group 2 Breeders` Cup Turf Sprint, was a bitter disappointment.

The race has a truly international flavour and Singapore`s Better Be The One will have his supporters after an excellent third in this last year. Australian sprinters always merit consideration and connections of Ortensia sound very bullish regarding her chances after her Group 1 victory last year in the Burswood-Winterbottom Stakes. She looks sure to be staying on strongly as her best form is at 1,200m.

The same applies to August Rush, a Group 1 winner in his native South Africa and trained by Herman Brown. He ran well on Super Saturday making his local/all-weather debut when third in the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal and it looks significant connections have decided to revert to turf.

Eagle Regiment joins Joy And Fun in the Hong Hong contingent and A Shin Virgo represents Japan in an ultra competitive sprint where luck in running will be of paramount importance given the number of runners.