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Record-Holders Mujaazef and Shaishee Return to Jebel Ali for 1200m Sprint Friday

Mujaazef and Shaishee, who hold the track records over 1200m and 1400m respectively, face off over the sprint distance in the Jebel Ali feature race on Friday.

The quality 1200m sprint is the undoubted highlight of the day, with nine declared, including the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Mujaazef, who his 1200m course and distance track record four weeks ago.

He is owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as are four of the other runners, including Shaishee, trained by Musabah Al Muhairi and who broke the 1400m track record on the same day as Mujaazef established this 1200m mark.

Sheikh Hamdan, who sponsors this race and two others through his Shadwell breeding empire, also has Kanaf in the race. A stable companion of Shaishee, Kanaf is seeking a win at the fourth consecutive Jebel Ali meeting, having won over 1400m at each of the previous three.

He is the choice of the owner’s retained jockey, Paul Hanagan.

“Sheikh Hamdan obviously has a really strong hand,” said Hanagan. “It is never easy to choose but I have won the last two on Kanaf and he is in great form. He has won over course and distance and will appreciate the likely strong gallop.

“It is a good little handicap and looks very competitive.”

Of the owner’s other four, his second jockey, Dane O’Neill, chooses Shaishee, runner-up behind Kanaf at the previous meeting.

Fityaan, also trained by Al Muhairi, is the mount of stable jockey, Wayne Smith, back in action at Jebel Ali for the first time since breaking his collarbone in December, with Sheikh Hamdan’s fifth runner, Murbeh, trained by Al Raihe ridden by stable jockey, Royston Ffrench.

Ffrench’s mount was second in this race last year.

Of the remainder, 2011 Jebel Ali Sprint winner, Spin Cycle represents Satish Seemar and Richard Mullen, with Silvestre De Sousa aboard Chasing Halos, a fourth runner for Al Muhairi. He sports the colours of Fathi Esaed Mohd Egziama, synonymous with big-race Jebel Ali success courtesy of Russian Rock and Treble Jig.

The weights are headed by Sholaan, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Yet to win in the UAE, he has run some good races in defeat and should go well under James Doyle.

However, it could be that the main danger to Sheikh Hamdan’s battalion is Lehaaf, trained by South African, Mike De Kock and the mount of Pat Cosgrave. An excellent fourth on his sole local start, in a 1600m Dubai World Cup Carnival all-weather handicap at Meydan, he was entered at Meydan on Thursday but was eliminated.

De Kock said: “Off his rating of 98 he is going to struggle to get a run in a Meydan handicap so this looks a good ‘second’ option for him. Hopefully he can run well and boost his rating to improve his Dubai World Cup Carnival prospects.”

The second most valuable race is an 1800m handicap and Henry Clay, trained by Doug Watson, seeks to repeat his course and distance victory of two weeks ago. Pat Dobbs retains the partnership and Watson said: “He has run well at Sharjah and Abu Dhabi this season but has certainly saved his best for Jebel Ali where the surface and hill really suit him.

“We expect another really big run.”