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Can Treble Dance Into Sunset With Final Winning Effort At Jebel Ali?

Smith and Al Muhairi Have Jebel Ali Championships Wrapped Up

Unbeaten course specialist Treble Jig is the big name on show at Jebel Ali’s final meeting of the season on Friday where his trainer, Musabah Al Muhairi, needs three winners to climb back to the top of the trainer’s championship with only next Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting to follow.

A dual winner of the Jebel Ali Stakes and Mile, Treble Jig has won all his five Jebel Ali starts, including when setting a new track record earlier this year over the same 1800m course and distance as the featured conditions race he contests this week.

His three course wins this season have already secured his trainer and jockey, Wayne Smith, their respective Jebel Ali Championships, kindly sponsored by Ardmore Trading. The pair’s impressive winning efforts at Jebel Ali this season have also secured them the prize of a car donated by Sheikh Majed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the leading owner, trainer and horseat the track.

Treble Jig’s owner, Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama will narrowly miss out to HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum in the owner`s list.

In tomorrow’s race, Treble Jig does have to carry a penalty but his jockey, Smith, sounds confident.

“He worked very well on Tuesday morning and really pleased us. We keep saying it but he really is just a different horse at Jebel Ali where the surface really suits him and he just gallops relentlessly up that hill. He should be hard to beat and hopefully the boss (Al Muhairi) can win the title this year as he deserves to after a few narrow misses.”

The race is sponsored by Shadwell, the UK arm of the breeding empire of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum whose famous blue and white silks will be carried by Derbaas with Dane O’Neill in the saddle. Winner of the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort in 2011, Derbaas won this season’s National Day Cup at Abu Dhabi but all is best form is on turf. He is, however, representing Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe who could still retain his title with four more winners and also has Zain Shamardal in the feature.

He has 14 declared on Friday, one less than Al Muhairi, who currently trails Ernst Oertel by two winners. Oertel, who trains predominantly Purebred Arabians, stormed to the top of the table with a treble at Abu Dhabi on Sunday but only has three to represent him on Friday.

In total, Treble Jig faces nine opponents and Satish Seemar, who can also be crowned Champion Trainer but would need at least five more winners this season, saddles Farrier, winner of his only Jebel Ali start to date, as is Encipher. Trained by Ismail Mohammed, Encipher will be ridden by Tadhg O’Shea who looks certain to successfully defend his Champion Jockey status, which is contested at all UAE tracks during the season from November to the end of March, being eight winners clear of Richard Mullen.

Dorian Crown is an interesting runner for US trainer, Seth Benzel.

The main support race is a 1400m conditions event and Forjatt, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, looks the one to beat with James Doyle in the saddle. Stable companion Roicead makes his local debut in the same race and looks an interesting new recruit to the UAE.

Al Muhairi and Smith again combine, this time with Straight Talk, another from the yard that goes particularly well at Jebel Ali, while South African Mike De Kock provides some international flavour with Jardim.

The Seemar-trained Kaiss is seeking a third consecutive victory and is another to consider with apprentice Marc Monaghan taking a welcome 3kgs off his back.