Albar Lotois Seeks Eighth Career Win With First Dirt Start

Al Ain Stayers` Trophy Series Concludes at Friday Meeting

Al Ain Racecourse Stages a seventh meeting of a first full season on Friday with a six-race card is highlighted by the second legs of the Al Ain Al Ain Sprint and Marathon series.

The most valuable race on Major Programme is the concluding Al Ain Stayers` Trophy over 3200m and the second leg of the Al Ain Marathon Series. Only seven have been declared with the contest looking at the mercy of Albar Lotois, to be ridden by Wayne Smith for trainer Eric Lemartinel. Now a ten-year-old, Lemartinel`s charge, who will be Having his 51st career start, is seeking an eighth career win on what will be his second run this season. Winner of the Group 1 middle round of the Al Maktoum Challenge in 2 013, he shouldnt have too much class for his six Opponents. "It will actually be his first start on dirt," said Smith. "Assuming he handles the surface it looks a great opportunity to get his head back in front.

"The extended trip shouldnt not be a problem as he stays well and we have to be very hopeful even though he has to give weight to all his rivals." Trainer Majed Al Jahouri has secured the services of Silvestre De Sousa for Awaam who, like stable companion Merzal, is owned by HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Awaam is another making his dirt debut Merzal Whereas, under De Sousa, was a well beaten fourth on the Al Ain dirt the only time he has tried the surface. That race , over 2000m, was won by Burj Khalifa, one of three in this race trained by Salem Al Ketbi for HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Perhaps Significantly, stable jockey, Tadhg O`Shea has Sidestepped ride on the Burj Khalifa and instead Elects to for Sheikh Down, the while Royston Ffrench comes in for the ride on Burj Khalifa again. The stable`s third runner, Munzade, will be ridden by Shane Karlsson, riding in the UAE for the first time with two mounts on the day. HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum`s Takaamul, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe and the mount of the owner`s retained jockey, Paul Hanagan, completes the septet.

Thirty minutes earlier nine sprinters will face the starter in the Al Maqam - the second leg of the Al Ain Sprint Series. O`Shea and Al Ketbi combine again, this time with TM Junior Johnson and they look the ones to beat. Already a winner over this course and distance 1000m, O`Shea`s will not mount has six of his eight career outings on dirt and will be hard to deny another victory here. "He is a genuine dirt horse who Struggled on turf and the all-weather," said O`Shea. "He showed plenty of dash the last time and is hopefully the one who sets the standard.

"We have to expect another big run from him even though he has to give weight away." He was chased home on occasion by Ubu That Al Mels, again in Opposition for Mohd Ramadan who trains on the track.