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Meydan partners with Dubai Racing Club to host third meeting

The Meydan Group is set to sponsor the third Winter Meet of the season this Thursday. Meydan Group’s Executive Chairman Saeed H Al Tayer said: “At Meydan, our priority is to provide top-class facilities to horsemen, corporate clients, avid racing followers and the just curious spectators alike. We aim offer the very best.

The valued support of all the racing enthusiasts who were with us at Nad Al Sheba and now Meydan Racecourse continues, and we welcome all to come and sample a night out with a difference”.

The six race-card is highlighted by the concluding 1900m Meydan “Farriers” handicap, the most valuable on the card. It looks wide open with 11 declared with Doug Watson represented by the trio of Weald (Pat Dobbs), Dr Faustus (Tadhg O`Shea) and Royal Prince (Rory Cleary).

The first named made a winning seasonal debut last year and clearly goes well fresh. A case can also be made for the other pair and Watson said: "All three are going well at home. It looks a competitive race but we should at least be competitive."

Swinging Sixties looks a nice addition to the Dhruba Selvaratnam string and he will be ridden by Kieren Fallon. The trainer said: "He will come on for the run but is working nicely. We hope he will be a useful Carnival performer for us."

Falcativ, Glen Nevis, Inestimable and Sunday Symphony all have strong claims in an open contest.

Selvaratnam`s Dahteer should go close under Fallon in the preceding 1400m Meydan “Fizzy Nights” handicap after a very pleasing return to action. The trainer said: "He ran well first time and is a consistent type. The drop in trip should not be a concern."

Celtic King won very well at Jebel Ali on his seasonal bow but the handicapper acted accordingly and he looks high in the weights. Musabah Al Muhairi trains and stable jockey Wayne Smith said: "He was very good on the first day but this looks a lot tougher off his new rating. He works nicely on the surface though."

He also rides for Al Muhairi in the 1400m maiden, the Meydan “Shiba”. The pair combined last week to win a similar race with Zafeen Speed and this week`s hope, Maath Gool, carries the same colours of Jaber Abdullah. Smith added: "They ran in the same race the first week and both ran well. We should not be far away."

Satish Seemar has made a great start to the season and saddles three including debutant Meiotic, the choice of Richard Mullen. Stable companion Techniques of War is considered, while Dahes is ultra-consistent and guaranteed to run a solid race. He is trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe whose AB Include looks the most likely winner of the 1200m Meydan “Prime”, while Selvaratnam`s Canwinn should make a bold effort in the 1600m Meydan Golf Course.

The only Purebred Arabian contest is the opening 1600m Meydan Business Park, and eight have been declared. It looks a quality race with the Gill Duffield-trained AF Alghabra returning to action. Tadhg O`Shea won four times on her last year and said: "She was brilliant last year; really gutsy and improved throughout the season. She works well on the surface so can hopefully run a big race."

Rafed has been second and third already this season and Ted Durcan rides for Eric Lemartinel, while Sarabella won her only start to date. Michael Kettle trains Sama Bu Dhabi who looks a big danger to all.