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Dohasa and Force Freeze: Who will motor home first?

Dohasa and Force Freeze, two sprinters who earned invitations to the previous Dubai World Cup racemeeting are set to clash tomorrow night in the feature race at Meydan.

Sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, eight have been declared for the aptly named Al Tayer Motors, a 1200m conditions race.

Dohasa is penalised for a victory at Jebel Ali at his previous start when ridden by Ted Durcan who retains the mount and said: "We have a nice draw but do have ground to make up on Alo Pura on course and distance form, but we were badly drawn that time. The 1200m should be ideal as ne needed every yard of 1000m at Jebel Ali. He will run well but it is a good race."

Alo Pura`s course and distance victory was her first outing of the campaign and her trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam said: "This looks a stronger race but we know conditions suit and she remains in good form."
Champion Trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe and previous champion Doug Watson both have two in the race with the Watson duo of Musaalem and Force Freeze looking to hold major claims.

Force Freeze was a course and distance Dubai International Racing Carnival winner last season and has run on Dubai World Cup night in each of the last two seasons.

Watson said: "Both are going well at home and ready for their seasonal returns. Hopefully we can get Force Freeze back to the Dubai World Cup meeting and Musaalem is hopefully capable of building on his promising first season with us."

The proceeding race, the Ford Fusion Trophy over 2200m sees the Selvaratnam-handled Swinging Sixties back to try and go one better than his lastest Meydan effort two weeks ago.

This time, under the guidance of William Buick, the extra distance could prove to be in his favour as he was only beaten half a length over 1900m.

Leitmotiv, trained by Musabah Al Muhairi and ridden by Wayne Smith might be the main danger having consistently run in the money over this distance, although on the turf at Abu Dhabi.

The other conditions race, the Ford Mustang Trophy, over 1400m, is restricted to three-year-olds with the field of 12 including two course and distance maiden winners.

The Satish Seemar-trained Saudi Summer won at the first Meydan meeting of the new season when his victims included subsequent winner Maath Gool.

Wayne Smith partners the latter and said: "He is hopefully going the right way and a horse we have always liked. This is a step up in class but he deserves it."

Parvaaz, a three time winner in England this year, is an interesting local debutant for Selvaratnam, while Watson`s Dhergaam should build on his appearance from last week back in his own age group. Go Country and Energia Colonial are two others to consider in an open race.

The 1600m handicap, the Ford Edge Trophy has the maximum number declared, with the weights headed by No Strings, the mount of Richard Mullen. However, Dan Chillingworth should not be discounted having run a pleasing second on his latest effort at Meydan.

Only eight have been declared for the 1200m handicap, Ford Taurus Trophy but in a wide open contest a case could be made for each of them. Indian Skipper and Green Beret chased home Alo Pura on their seasonal debuts and the Watson-trained Indian Skipper should again come out on top at these weights.

Alo Pura`s stable companion My Verse has a win to her name already this season and these conditions could prove ideal. Stable companion Borehan is useful on his day but it may be that Tayyab is the one they all have to beat for Musabah Al Muhairi and Wayne Smith.

Smith said: "We were very pleased with his first run as he had been off a long while. The drop in trip should be ok and we expect a big run."

The first race, the 1900m Ford Explorer Trophy will see 14 horses try to lose their maiden tag.