Jebel Ali Sees Out 2014 With Mile Prep Conditions Race

Stakes Winner, Interpret Heads Strong Field of Eight

Jebel Ali’s final meeting of the year is highlighted by The Jebel Ali Mile Prep, an 1800m conditions race which will take place this Friday.

Among the eight runners declared for the race is the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Interpret, winner of the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes last season and the mount of stable jockey, Silvestre De Sousa. He is penalised for that victory, as is Dormello, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Dormello earned his penalty by winning a course and distance conditions race in March and Oisin Murphy rides.

Richard Mullen is in the saddle on course specialist, Tiz Now Tiz Then, for his main employer, Satish Seemar. Seeking a fourth course victory, Mullen’s mount set a 1400m track record at this meeting two years ago and won twice on the course over 1600m last season.

“He loves it at Jebel Ali,” said Mullen. “We have waited for this race to make his seasonal return as it looked an ideal target. It is a tough little race but he is fit and well and the horses remain in great form.”

Haatheq, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a dual winner of this race, having won in 2010 and 2013, as well as finishing second in 2012.

His owner, who sponsors the race through Shadwell, the UK branch of his breeding empire, owns three of the eight runners with retained jockey, Dane O’Neill, electing to partner Jalaa, trained by Doug Watson.

“It is his first start of the season but he seems in great form,” said Watson of Jalaa. “He goes well at Jebel Ali and this looks a good starting point for the campaign. Obviously it is a good race but we are looking forward to running him.”

Al Raihe’s stable jockey, Royston Ffrench, rides Haatheq, with Wayne Smith on the owner’s third runner, Sefri, for trainer, Erwan Charpy.

The main support race is a 1200m conditions contest for which a select seven have been declared. The weights are headed by Forjatt, trained by Selvaratnam and penalised for his win in last season’s Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile.

Apprentice Marc Monagahn rides him with stable jockey, Oisin Murphy, choosing to partner stable companion, United Color. Winner of the inaugural Listed Dubawi Stakes at Meydan Racecourse in January, he has yet to win on dirt but has finished second in this race in each of the last two years.

The Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Muarrab won this race last year when completing an early season hat-trick. He has not been seen since but looked an exciting sprinter 12 months ago for Sheikh Hamdan, however, the owner’s retained jockey, O’Neill, chooses to ride stablemate, Fityaan.

A 1000m winner at Jebel Ali on his penultimate start, O’Neill’s mount was third over that same course and distance on his most recent outing four weeks ago.

The Watson-trained Kilt Rock was just in front of him on that occasion and is in opposition again in a fascinating speed battle.