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Seemar Wants More Golden Shaheen Magic From Reynaldothewizard

The last two winners of the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News, are back this year seeking a second victory in this 1200m sprint on the Meydan Racecourse all-weather surface.

The Satish Seemar-trained Reynaldothewizard (USA) won the race last year, providing stable jockey, Richard Mullen, with a first Group 1 winner in the process. They were drawn in stall five 12 months ago and find themselves in the same gate this year.

Mullen said: “It was an amazing evening last year and the horse is obviously a real favourite. He needed his first run this season but ran really well on Super Saturday and we have to be happy with stall five again.”

Third in 2013, when badly drawn, was Krypton Factor (GB), winner of the race in 2012 for Bahrain’s Fawzi Nass has drawn one this year which can only boost his chances.

However, when Reynaldothewizard was runner-up on Super Saturday, in the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal (a race Krypton Factor also won in 2012 before), Krypton Factor was well beaten in a race won impressively by Hong Kong’s Rich Tapestry (IRE).

Trained by Michael Chang, Rich Tapestry will have to overcome a wide draw in 12 whereas Sterling City (AUS), also representing Hong Kong and in the capable hands of John Moore, is ideally berthed in four.

Ireland have three runners in the race, headed by last year’s runner-up Balmont Mast (IRE), the mount of Ryan Moore and seeking to give his trainer, Eddie Lynam, a first winner in the UAE. The pair were fifth to Rich Tapestry on Super Saturday, one place ahead of compatriot, Russian Soul (IRE) who had previously won the Group 3 Al Shindagha Sprint (also 1200m on the all-weather).

The David Marnane-trained Jamesie (IRE) completes the Irish trio. He was fourth behind Rich Tapestry three weeks ago and will need luck in running from his ten stall. Marnane said: “We would have liked a low draw but hopefully they will go fast early on and can find some racing room in the straight.
“We are very happy with him at home and really looking forward to it.”

Godolphin have two runners with Saeed bin Suroor saddling Complicate (AUS) and Charlie Appleby relying on Bello (AUS) who drew the short straw and is widest of all the 13 runners.

Appleby said: “Obviously the draw is not ideal but Bello ran well on his local debut before disappointing a bit on Super Saturday. He seems in good form and can hopefully run a solid race.”

Of Complicate, Bin Suroor said: “He has plenty of speed and likes to race prominently. The 1200m is ideal and he worked very nicely on Monday.”

United Color (USA), trained at Jebel Ali Racecourse by Dhruba Selvaratnam, is another course and distance in the field and the Doug Watson-trained My Catch (IRE), as the only three-year-old in the race, receives weight from his 12 rivals.