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High Hopes for Ultra-consistent Tatweer on Local Racing Debut

Erwan Charpy-Trained Purebred Arabian Contests Mile Feature

A 1600m Purebred Arabian handicap is the most valuable contest at Abu Dhabi this Sunday and eight have been declared for the AED100,000, headed by the Erwan Charpy-trained Tatweer who is making his local debut.

Once a winner from eight starts in England, he has never been out of the placings and will be ridden by Paul Hanagan, retained jockey for the horse’s owner, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“I did not ride him in England,” said Hanagan. “He has some decent form though and should be competitive although he would probably prefer further. It is a good race to start him back though.”

Da’Areen, trained by Majed Al Jahouri for HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, unfortunately unseated her rider on her local debut two weeks ago. She remains a maiden after nine starts but did show a decent level of form in her native France.

Silvestre De Sousa rides.

Tadhg O’Shea is aboard the Salem Al Ketbi-trained Molahen El Alhan, seeking a seventh career victory and having his 12th outing. Four of his victories have been achieved over 1600m and five registered on turf so these would appear his optimum conditions.

“He kept improving last season,” said O’Shea. “He then won first time this season when we thought he would and won his penultimate start. Both those victories were over 1600m and he should run well in a good, competitive, handicap on Sunday.”

Al Mukafin was a narrow winner of a maiden on the Al Ain dirt on his most recent outing and Royston Ffrench again rides for trainer Ibrahim Al Hadhrami and The Royal Cavalry of Oman.

The meeting opens with a 2200m conditions race in which Ghadeer makes his local debut for Sheikh Hamdan, Hanagan and Ali Rashid Al Raihe. He managed to win one of his six starts in France.

The Al Jahouri-trained Awaam has yet to win after just two career starts in his native France but showed plenty of promise on both occasions. With De Sousa in the saddle, he looks a big threat to all.

The only Thoroughbred race on the card, the concluding 1400m handicap, has attracted a maximum field of 14 and looks wide open.

Kaab made a very promising local debut when fourth in a course handicap over 1400m four weeks ago. Well drawn in two, he should go close with Hanagan again riding for Sheikh Hamdan and Charpy.

Dangers are aplenty though with the Al Raihe-trained Intermedium looking an interesting new recruit to the local ranks having won his most recent start, a 1200m maiden at Yarmouth, for Charlie Appleby.

Having taken eight attempts to get his head in front, he appeals as the type to improve with his racing.

Satish Seemar has his string in good form and stable jockey, Richard Mullen, chooses to partner More Aspen, yet to win in the UAE after ten attempts but having her first turf outing locally.

Off since February 2012, the Rashed Bouresly-trained Comradeship and Oscar Urbina would be big danger to all if the now eight-year-old retains a fraction of his old ability.

He is probably best watched on this occasion though.