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Record Setting Russian Rock And Treble Jig Back In Action At Jebel Ali

Record Setting Russian Rock And Treble Jig Back In Action At Jebel Ali
Musabah Al Muhairi`s Stable Stars To Build On Promising Form

Treble Jig, winner of both the Jebel Ali Stakes and Jebel Ali Mile and Russian Rock, who triumphed in the Jebel Ali Sprint are both in action at the track’s final meeting of 2012 on Friday afternoon. The record-setting duo helped their owner, Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama, trainer, Musabah Al Muhairi and stable jockey, Wayne Smith to a previously unheard of clean sweep of Jebel Ali’s three biggest races, while Treble Jig became the first horse to land the Stakes and Mile.

Treble Jig is penalised for those wins and will need to be at his best in the 1800m conditions race which is the official prep for the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes over 1950m but Smith sounds very hopeful. “He has run two great races this season at Meydan and Abu Dhabi but is a better horse at Jebel Ali and I think he is the one they all have to beat,” he said.

Heading the dangers would appear to be Haatheq, winner of this prep race two years ago and trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum whose Shadwell breeding organisation generously sponsor the race. The owner`s retained jockey, Paul Hanagan takes the ride and was clearly impressed with the horse`s course victory over 1600m two weeks ago.

“Haatheq has a touch of class,” Hanagan said. “And that was a great performance last time. It had been a while since he had won but he has run some massive races in defeat and I expect him to go very close on Friday.”

Course and distance winner Jutland, trained by Doug Watson, looks a serious rival and the trainer said: “After he won on his seasonal return this was always the next real target and then the Jebel Ali Stakes. We found a race for him at Meydan and he ran well but he likes Jebel Ali and will relish the 1950m of the Stakes itself but should run well over 1800m.

“It is a step up in class but I am hopeful though Treble Jig and Haatheq are clearly big dangers.”
An hour later Russian Rock will face 10 rivals in a 1200m conditions race which has also attracted Spin Cycle, winner of the 2011 Jebel Ali Sprint (1000m). This looks ultra competitive and Smith continued: “Russian Rock is another who seems a better horse at Jebel Ali and we expect a big run against some familiar rivals.”

These include Mujaazef, again representing Sheikh Hamdan, Al Raihe and Hanagan. He beat Russian Rock in a similar race over 1000m last time when Kilt Rock was third for Watson and his enthusiastic group of owners, the Emirates Entertainment Racing Club (EERC).

Dhruba Selvaratnam, who trains on the track for racecourse owner Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, introduces two new horses to the UAE in the shape of United Color and Shabora and the pair add extra intrigue to a fascinating sprint clash.