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Silver Galaxy Looks to Continue Career Climb in Jebel Ali`s Featured Event on Friday

A 1950m conditions race is the official highlight at Jebel Ali on Friday afternoon with five declared, including the progressive Silver Galaxy, third in the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes over the same course and distance on his most recent outing a month ago.

Trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, he was one of nine runners declared for the Jebel Ali Mile a fortnight ago but, after that was postponed until 20th February, trainer Musabah Al Muhairi has re-routed him here.

Unraced before the end of November last year, he was third in his debut in a maiden at Meydan, and followed with a second before losing his maiden tag, over 1600m at Jebel Ali. He followed up two weeks later on the same course over 1800m for his second win.
He then produced his career best third in the Jebel Ali Stakes last month. Silvestre De Sousa who has ridden him in all five career starts and maintains the partnership on Friday.

“He goes very well at Jebel Ali,” says De Sousa. “He loves the surface and the hill so it really suits him.
“He has done nothing but improve all season and is only a four-year-old so hopefully there is more to come from him. We expect him to run very well and we hope he is the one to beat.”

Stable companion Tanfeeth wins rarely but is a dour stayer and should go well under Dane O’Neill, but owner HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum also has Jalaa in the field and he is the choice of first jockey, Paul Hanagan.

Hanagan’s mount is trained by Doug Watson, the season’s leading trainer thus far who had five winners last weekend and whose team have been in great form all season.

“It has been a really good season so far,” said Watson. “The horses remain in really good form and Jalaa can hopefully go well after two not so good runs this season. He won at Jebel Ali last season and was also second over this course and distance.”

Another trainer who has enjoyed a good campaign thus far is Satish Seemar and he combines with stable jockey, Richard Mullen, to saddle Inthar. He has disappointed in three outings thus far this season and is trying dirt for the first time.

The meeting concludes with a 1200m handicap for which 15 have been declared, including Spin Cycle, winner of the 1000m Listed Jebel Ali Sprint in 2011. To be ridden by Mullen for Seemar, he had not won since his big race victory until scoring over this 1200m in November.

The weights are headed by Not A Given, a 1400m winner at Meydan on his penultimate start and the mount of Royston Ffrench for his main employer, Ali Rashid Al Raihe.The pair will find this a lot easier than the 1900m handicap they contested at the Dubai World Cup Carnival on their most recent outing.

Others to consider in the wide open finale are, Morawij, trained on the track by Dhruba Selvaratnam for racecourse patron HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Al Muhairi’s Art Wave and the Salem Al Ketbi-trained Touch Gold.

The whole meeting is generously sponsored by Emirates.