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Group 2 winner Imbongi to run at Jebel Ali

Jebel Aliís New Yearís Eve racecard sees a cracking conditions race over 1200m with the weights headed by Imbongi, penalised for his win in the Group 2 Zabeel Mile last season and to be partnered by Kevin Shea. Then third in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free, he has won over this shorter trip and is the undoubted class horse in the race.

Trainer Mike De Kock, who also saddles Hunting Tower said: "They will both come on for the run but need to get back on the track. Hunting Tower did not fire last season but Imbongi was a real star.
"He spent the summer here and should run well as he is fresh and happy."

Imbongi certainly will not have things all his own way though with the Druhba Selvaratnam trained course specialist Mannjal and last year`s Jebel Ali Sprint winner Terrific Challenge just two to consider. Satish Seemar prepares the latter to be ridden by Richard Mullen who said: "He ran very well on his comeback and just tired close home. He has always been better over 1000m but stays this trip and is going well at home."

Ali Rashid Al Raihe trains both Montpellier and Happy Dubai who certainly cannot be ruled out. Royston Ffrench elects to ride the latter, while Pat Dobbs has chosen Alsadeek over Hammadi of the Doug Watson conditioned duo. It really should be a great race.

Elsewhere on the card, Shadwell Farm, the American division of the breeding operation of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, sponsors the prep for the Listed 1950m Jebel Ali Stakes.

The prep is over the slightly shorter trip of 1800m and has attracted a field of nine, including Erwan Charpy`s Singing Poet who won the Jebel Ali Stakes in 2006. He was fifth in last yearís race, a place behind the Satish Seemar-trained Eddie Jock who has race fitness on his side as this will be his third start of the current season.

Jockey Richard Mullen said: "He is in good form and ran a great race first time at Abu Dhabi. We enjoyed no luck next time and he is a horse who never disappoints and tries his best. He should go well but it looks a good race."

Trained on the track by Selvaratnam, Meeriss was runner-up in both this race and the big race last season and should again go well. He was well beaten by Al Raihe`s Haatheq on his seasonal return but is much better off at the weights on this occasion.

Al Raihe`s horse was then beaten narrowly by Selvaratnam`s Emmrooz and is clearly progressive. Jockey Richard Hills said: "That was a good run in defeat and he should stay the extra furlong. He should be involved but it is another tough task."

Jet Express heads the weights as he is penalised for last season`s Listed Jebel Ali Mile win. Also trained by Al Raihe, he has not shown much in two runs this year and is not proven over this trip.