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Selvaratnam`s New Recruit Yaa Wayl Gets First Jebel Ali Start

Former Godolphin Runner Contests Featured 1400m Handicap

Friday’s fourth Jebel Ali meeting of the current season is highlighted by a 1400m handicap for which seven have been declared, including Yaa Wayl and Otaared.

The pair are both trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Having his first start for the yard, having previously been with Godolphin, Yaa Wayl is an interesting recruit to the stable, whereas Otaared is an old favourite and seeking a seventh course win.

A course and distance winner five times, he has also won over 1600m at Jebel Ali, having arrived in the UAE to make his local debut a winning one in 2009.

“Yaa Wayl has not been with us all that long but is a nice horse who has had a few problems,” said Selvaratnam. “He is fit and well but whatever he does here he should certainly improve for the outing.

“Otaared has been a great servant over the last few years and we were pleased with his comeback after ten months off. He should run well.”

The race is sponsored by Shadwell, the UK arm of the breeding operation of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum whose famous blue and white silks will be carried by Kanaf. Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, Kanaf does have a 1200m course victory to his name and represents a yard who tend to excel at Jebel Ali.

Trainer Satish Seemar saddled no less than four of the six winners at the last Jebel Ali meeting, as well as a Meydan double last week, so his Filfil merits plenty of respect. The only three-year-old among the seven declared runners, he was competing in races such as the UAE 2,000 Guineas last year for Godolphin so is, in theory at least, taking something of a drop in class. Richard Mullen rides.

Oasis Dancer, runner-up on each of his last two outings, both at Jebel Ali, should run another big race for Doug Watson and the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Switzerland is another to consider in a wide open contest.

The 1800m handicap, the penultimate race on the card, is a fascinating contest with Al Raihe’s Street Act, an impressive course and distance winner at the first meeting of the season, receiving weight from seven rivals.

Stable companion, Mutajare also won under identical conditions on his last start, four weeks ago and clashes again with the Watson-trained Storm Belt who chased him home on that occasion.

Watson also saddles Mushreq, another to have won over 1800m on the course and a good third on his recent return to action.

Seemar and Mullen again combine, this time with Moonlight Dash, one of the trainer’s four and jockey’s three wins at the track a fortnight ago. That was over 1600m but the extra distance should not be an issue.

The weights are headed by Jardim, now with Michael Kettle, having left Mike De Kock and who will be having his first dirt outing in the UAE, having thrived on a similar surface in both his native Brazil as well as in the USA.

Ibn Battuta, third in the 2010 Jebel Ali Mile, looks a big danger to all for Al Muhairi and stable jockey, Wayne Smith.