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Farrier Bids to Land Win on Seasonal Debut

Seemar-Trained Charge Can Continue Stable`s Run of Good Form

Only five have been declared for the featured 1950m conditions race at Jebel Ali’s third meeting of the season on Friday afternoon, but they do include last year’s first second and third-placed finishers.

The Satish Seemar-trained Farrier won the contest last year on seasonal debut and will bid to repeat the feat in a race sponsored by Shadwell Farm, the American arm of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s breeding operation.

Seemar saddled a treble at Meydan last week, all ridden by stable jockey, Richard Mullen who is aboard Farrier, as he was 12 months ago.

“Obviously Farrier won this race last year and he goes particularly well at Jebel Ali,” said Mullen. “There may only be five runners but it still looks competitive. Having said that we have to be very hopeful.

“Our horses have been in such great form it can only add to our confidence and he has always run well fresh in the past.
“Hopefully he is the one they have to beat.”

Jutland, trained by Doug Watson, chased home Farrier last year when giving him weight but they meet at level weights this time. Watson’s charge, the mount of Pat Dobbs, is also making his seasonal bow.

“Our horses have been running well on the whole and Jutland seems in great shape at home,” said Watson. “He has run well fresh in the past and we have a weight swing with Farrier from 12 months ago.

“He goes well at Jebel Ali and this race has always been the original plan for the season. We are really looking forward to running him and expecting a big effort.”

Tanfeeth, trained by Musabah Al Muhairi for race sponsor, Sheikh Hamdan, was third last year but has yet to win on dirt. This will be his third start of the season so he may have a fitness advantage.

Heading the weights is Dormello, trained on the course by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He is penalised for his victory in an 1800m conditions race on the course in March.

The main support race is a 1000m conditions race with six set to face the starter, including Fityaan who was a course and distance winner four weeks ago for Sheikh Hamdan and Al Muhairi.

Trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe for the same owner, Ribaat chased him home four weeks ago and Watson’s Kilt Rock was sixth on that same occasion.

“Kilt Rock has certainly improved from his seasonal debut and the 28 days between races looks ideal,” said Watson.

“It is a competitive race but he seems back to his best so should give a good account of himself.”

Seemar and Mullen combine with Temple Meads, having his second start on dirt and first outing since March 2013. Two of the trainer’s winners at Meydan last Thursday were overcoming long lay-offs so that should not be an issue.

“Temple Meads has been off a fair while,” said Mullen. “However, as we saw last week our horses are capable of running well off a break and this fellow has been working well.

“He is a horse I know well from England and am delighted he has joined our yard. He has endured his share of problems but, fingers crossed, he will show his true colours this season.”