Nass Aiming For Third Time Lucky With Muraweg

Switches To Turf In Competitive Meydan Sprint Handicap
Two turf races share top billing as the domestic season returns to Meydan on Saturday evening with the 1200m handicap, the third race on the Al Basti Equiworld sponsored card, looking very competitive.
Bahrain`s Fawzi Nass saddles Muraweg, the mount of Kieren Fallon and who will be having his third UAE start having caught the eye on his local debut, when a fast finishing second over 1200m on the all-weather. He then found the opening round of the Al Maktoum Challlenge a bit hot to handle but he should appreciate the switch to turf.
Nass, speaking after his stable star and Group 1 Golden Shaheen winner Krypton Factor was an excellent third in the Al Shindagha Sprint on his return to action on Thursday, said: "We were very pleased with his first run here and this horse was a prolific winner in Bahrain on turf so we are hoping for a big run in a typically competitive handicap. He stays further but has won five times at 1200m and there should be plenty of pace in the race so his proven stamina should help."
The weights are headed by the Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Alo Pura, third in last year`s Al Shindagha Sprint and still the track record holder over that 1200m all-weather course and distance. A good second on her seasonal debut in November, she has struggled for form since but the yard will be encouraged by the third of Dormello, their only runner at the Dubai World Cup Carnival on Thursday.
The race also features a rematch between Nawwaar, trained by local champion Ali Rashid Al Raihe and Godolphin`s Les Troyens, first and second respectively in a 1600m turf handicap two weeks ago.
Paul Hanagan rides Nawwaar for his main employer HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and said: "His form is over further and this will only be his second attempt at the trip but he showed plenty of speed last time and Ali dropped Tamaathul to this course and distance to break the track record earlier this year so we know it can be done."
Silvestre De Sousa partners Les Troyens for Saeed bin Suroor.
The other turf race is a handicap over 2000m and South African Mike De Kock saddles Specific Gravity, third behind Nawwaar and Les Troyens on his local debut and first start for the trainer. He steps up to a trip he won over in August at Newmarket and the trainer, who won a record fifth UAE 2000 Guineas on Thursday with the smooth success of Soft Falling Rain, said: "That was a good enough first run and the extra distance should suit him."
Nass has top-weight Rocks Off, having his second start in the UAE and, like stable companion Muraweg, returning to turf, a surface on which he won four races on the bounce in Bahrain last year. Stable companion Royal Destination is also in the field.
Bin Suroor is again well represented with De Sousa aboard Flag Officer suggesting he is the stable`s main hope. Stable companion Expense Claim, the mount of Mickael Barzalona, was just behind him when they were fourth and fifth respectively over course and distance four weeks ago.
James Doyle rides Club Oceanic, a third runner for the trainer.