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Interpret Bids to Emulate Treble Jig by Landing Final Jebel Ali Conditions Contest

Friday’s final Jebel Ali meeting of the season is highlighted by an 1800m Conditions race in which the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Interpret will attempt to add another victory to his Listed Jebel Ali Stakes win.

If successful, he will have achieved a feat also accomplished by record-breaking former stable companion, Treble Jig.

Penalised for that big-race win, Al Muhairi’s charge has to give weight to all bar one of his eight rivals but should still be competitive under stable jockey, Wayne Smith.

A half-brother to the 2007 Dubai World Cup winner, Invasor, he has been highly-tried in two subsequent starts at Meydan Racecourse.

“The return to Jebel Ali and dirt should suit him,” said Smith. “He stays well so the drop in trip may not be ideal but he will be staying on up that hill.

“Our horses seem to thrive at Jebel Ali and we have had another good season there.”

Stable companion, Atlantic Brave, has six course wins to his name but, unlike Interpret, has yet to prove he genuinely stays 1800m.

The Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Zain Shamardal is also penalised and has yet to win at Jebel Ali. He was a good third in this last year and should not be far away.

Stable companion, Mutajare and Farrier, trained by Satish Seemar, were second and third respectively behind Interpret in the Jebel Ali Stakes when the winner only led in the dying strides. This shorter trip could well be in their favour.

Mutajare is owned by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose Shadwell breeding operation sponsor this and two other races on an excellent card.

Arguably the most interesting runner is Ennobled Friend, easy winner of a 1600m course maiden two weeks for Ahmad bin Harmash under his stable jockey, Adrie De Vries.

Bin Harmash said: “He was very impressive at the last meeting but the handicapper put him up 18lbs so we have to go up in class. We are not sure how good he is but we will find out on Friday in this much better race.”

The trainer also saddles dirt debutant, Topclas, eighth in last Sunday’s Group 3 Abu Dhabi Championship when Dormello, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was fourth.
Selvaratnam’s charge has yet to really fire at his home track though and appears a turf specialist.

The meeting concludes with a cracking finale in the shape of a 1200m handicap in which the last four winners of the 1000m Listed Jebel Ali Sprint all clash. This year’s renewal of the Sprint, held two weeks ago, was won by the Seemar-trained Take Ten, under apprentice, Marc Monaghan who maintains the partnership.

Stable companion, Spin Cycle, was sixth in that race, having won it in 2011, his most recent victory, but Seemar’s third runner, Glenleven, could be the one they all have to beat.

He bounced back to winning ways at the Jebel Ali Sprint meeting over 1000m and broke the 1200m track record at Sharjah last Saturday.

Russian Rock won the Jebel Ali Sprint in both 2012 and 2013 for Al Muhairi but could only manage seventh this year and he has to give weight to all his 11 rivals. His stable companion, Fityaan, was second to Take Ten a fortnight ago, just as he was to Russian Rock in 2012.

This is the penultimate meeting of the whole UAE campaign with only next Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting to follow.