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Course and Distance Winner Mujrayaat Seeks More Abu Dhabi Success

The most valuable race at Abu Dhabi on Sunday is the sole Thoroughbred contest, the concluding Dh80,000 1600m handicap and a maximum field of 16 have been declared.

Trained by Doug Watson, Mujrayaat was a course and distance winner three weeks ago and Pat Dobbs, aboard on that occasion, maintains the partnership on the colt – one of no less than eight runners in the race owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Watson also saddles Among Equals, the mount of Harry Bentley and the trainer said: “They are both reasonably drawn and in good form at home. It was a good win from Mujrayaat last time and he should go well again granted luck in running which you always need in these big fields at Abu Dhabi.

“Among Equals was a close fourth over course and distance on his most recent Abu Dhabi run and should appreciate the return to turf after a run at Jebel Ali.”

When Among Equals was fourth, the race was won by the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained El Wasmi, who beat Entifaadha by a fast diminishing neck. Both are in opposition again, as is Musaafer who was third. He, like Entifaadha, is trained by Musabah Al Muhairi for Sheikh Hamdan, as is Mashaaref.

However, the owner’s retained jockey, Paul Hanagan, elects to ride Mabaany, trained by Erwan Charpy who also saddles Redemptor for the same owner.

The weights are headed by Energia Dust, sporting the famous Estrela Energia Stables silks carried to Dubai World Cup glory in 2010 by Gloria De Campeao. Trained by Fabricio Borges, he was a promising fourth in HH The President’s Cup on his seasonal debut has struggled in three subsequent outings at Meydan in the 2013 Dubai World Cup Carnival. This does represent a drop in class though.

The Dhruba Selvaratnam team are hitting form after a quiet season and James Doyle rides his Canwinn who is starting to look well handicapped on his best form. He is another to consider in a wide open contest, along with Akeed Wafi, one of three in the race for Champion Trainer Al Raihe. He too should find this easier than the races he has been contesting at Meydan recently.

Satish Seemar and stable jockey Richard Mullen have been in good form all season and their Black Snowflake has looked unlucky in each of his last two starts, in the races won by El Wasmi and more recently Mujrayaat.

The best of the Purebred Arabian action appears to be a 2200m handicap in which the Gill Duffield-trained Borkan Al Zobair will seek to follow up his recent Jebel Ali victory with Sam Hitchcott again in the saddle.

Al Asayl-based Ernst Oertel has enjoyed a fantastic season and has four in the race with stable jockey Tadhg O’Shea choosing to ride Al Mouttakel, a winner in November but narrowly beaten in each of his subsequent three starts.

Eric Lemartinel and Gerald Avranche are always a pair to follow and combine with Ibn Battuta Monlau who will appreciate the return to this course and distance over which he won three starts ago but found 1600m too sharp most recently.