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Skycruiser Looking For Fourth Career Win At Sharjah

Seemar Hoping To Continue Strong Start To Season

Sharjah`s second meeting of the season on Saturday (tomorrow) afternoon concludes with an ultra competitive 1,700m handicap, the only Thoroughbred race on the card.

The weights are headed by Skycruiser, trained by Satish Seemar, and to be ridden by apprentice, Marc Monaghan as he was when winning at Meydan`s first fixture of the season.

That was a third career win for the horse whose first was achieved over Saturday`s course and distance and Monaghan said: “That was my very first ride in the UAE when I won on Skycruiser so he is certainly a favourite of mine. He clearly handles Sharjah and the team have been in good form so he should run well in a tough looking race.”

Stable jockey Richard Mullen partners stable companion, Galactos who will be having his first start on the Sharjah dirt but was a Grade 1 winner on a similar surface in South America. He has shown little in six UAE starts but does look well handicapped as a result and the yard are in good form.

Bin Shamardal has registered two of his three career wins on the track but over 2,000m. Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, he will be ridden by regular jockey, Wayne Smith.

“The fact he goes well at Sharjah is obviously in his favour and he seems in good form at home as do most of ours so far this year. He is quite high in the weights but should at least be competitive,” he said.

Florentine Ruler has finished second and third here behind Smith’s mount in the past when trained by Doug Watson. He is now with Champion Trainer, Ali Rashid Al Raihe and has the assistance of stable jockey Royston Ffrench who said: “He clearly likes Sharjah and has been working well enough so I am hoping for a good run in a competitive race.”

Shahin Shah is another regular in these races and is looking for a second course and distance victory. He will be ridden by Pat Cosgrave for trainer Ernst Oertel who said: “We have made a good start to the season and Shahin Shah worked well the other day and is back on a course he likes so I am hopeful.”

The best of the five Purebred Arabian races is a 2,000m conditions race and Oertel will be hoping that his Kalahari Desert can go one place better than when denied close home in a similar race over 1,700m last week. As on that occasion, Champion Jockey, Tadhg O`Shea takes the ride in the colours of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the jockey said: “We went very close last week and it would be nice to go one better.”

Jaber Bittar saddles Lwiza, an impressive course maiden winner last week under James Doyle who maintains the partnership, while the Gill Duffield-trained Borkan Al Zobair is the highest-rated runner and has good course form to his credit. He should go close under Sam Hitchcott.