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Glen Nevis to end Comradeship in Spring Meet highlight

Al Basti Equiworld sponsors Saturday`s Meydan meeting, the second of three Spring Meets introduced this year to give local owners and trainers more options on the Meydan All-Weather.

The highlight of the card is the penultimate handicap over 1600m, with those at the top of the weights already qualified for the Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Comradeship, trained by Rashed Bouresly, shares top-weight with the Ali Rashid Al Raihe prepared Glen Nevis and the most recent time Bouresly`s runner was seen on the All-Weather he was the very comfortable winner of a 1400m conditions race and the trainer said: "He will hopefully be better back on the [All-Weather] after two Carnival runs on the Turf."

Al Raihe`s runner was an excellent second at Jebel Ali last time and assistant trainer Jailani Siddiqi said: "His one run at Meydan was his first back after a long lay-off and he ran well enough. It was a good run last time so we are hopeful."

Commander Cave has been in good form this year for Green Stables-based Erwan Charpy and, perhaps significantly, former champion trainer Doug Watson saddles Marching Time, runner-up at Abu Dhabi at his past two runs, here instead of Friday`s Jebel Ali Mile where he was also entered. Stable companion Classic Blade is another who has been threatening to win and it looks a wide open contest with Saboteur also in good form.

The preceding handicap is also over 1600m and features a second clash this season between the Philippe Barbe-trained West Emirates and Zafeen Speed.

The latter, trained by Musabah Al Muhairi, caught Barbe`s charge on the line in a course and distance maiden two starts ago and both have won since. Christophe Lemaire replaces Kieren Fallon in the revenge bid but Zafeen Speed is fancied to come out on top again and jockey Wayne Smith said: "He is a young horse with low mileage and hopefully going the right way still. This is his toughest task to date but hopefully he can cope with it."

The 1200m handicap looks very competitive and Indian Skipper, trained by Watson, surely deserves a win having finished second on three of his four starts this season. He will be ridden by Tadhg O`Shea and Watson said: "He has run well each time but just had no luck. Hopefully that can change but it is a competitive heat."

Ceedwell, who beat him last time, re-opposes but on considerably worse terms, while Zafeen Speed fans will be hoping for a big run from the Ismail Mohammed-trained Qamar who was an eye-catching fourth behind him last time.

Racing opens with a 1400m maiden which may be fought out by Grand Duchy and Lord Tiger.