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Rookie Trainer Bin Harmash Seeks Tenth Winner of Season

Combines With Adrie De Vries in 1600m Thoroughbred Feature

The most valuable race at Abu Dhabi’s penultimate meeting of the season on Sunday is the concluding 1600m handicap, the only Thoroughbred race on the card for which14 have been declared.

New trainer Ahmad bin Harmash has enjoyed a good first season with a license, saddling his ninth winner of the campaign with the easy victory of Ennobled Friend at Jebel Ali on Friday.

That winner was ridden by stable jockey, Adrie De Vries, and the pair combine here with Zurbriggen, an impressive Meydan Racecourse winner on his penultimate start and local debut before an excellent fifth in HH The President’s Cup at Abu Dhabi.

Only a four-year-old, he is clearly progressing and De Vries said: “He is a horse we have always liked and we knew he would go very close in that maiden he won – his work had been very good.

“His run in the President’s Cup was a good one and he should appreciate the extra 200m on this occasion.”
One place in front of De Vries’ mount in HH The President’s Cup was 2012 National Day Cup winner, Derbaas whose finest moment came when winning the 2011 Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort at Meydan.

Trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, he will be ridden by stable jockey, Royston Ffrench. Derbaas is one of no less than eight in the field owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum whose first jockey, Paul Hanagan has chosen to ride Jawhar for Doug Watson.

Hanagan’s mount broke the 1600m turf track record at Meydan Racecourse three starts ago and he won Jebel Ali’s final race on Friday on Watson’s Jalaa.

The owner’s second jockey, Dane O’Neill, partners Ribaat, a stable companion of Derbaas.

Satish Seemar enjoyed a double at Jebel Ali on Friday, including the Jebel Ali Sprint victory of Take Ten, and saddles four. Stable jockey, Richard Mullen rides Signs In The Sand, seventh in HH The President’s Cup, with apprentice, Marc Monaghan, aboard Montmorency – a place in front of his stable companion in that Listed contest.

The Dhruba Selvaratnam-trained Canwinn is another to consider in an open contest.