Shadwell UAE Season Preview Week 21

Posted on: 12th Mar 2019

Muntazah storming to victory in the Group 3 Burj Nahaar on Super Saturday

HH Sheikh Hamdan’s excellent Carnival concluded on ‘Super Saturday’ with a win for Muntazah in the Group 3 Burj Nahaar; trial race for the Group 2 Godolphin Mile on World Cup night.

Ridden by Jim Crowley for Doug Watson, the Dubawi gelding was much too good; breaking well from stall one and powering clear of his rivals in the straight. The final time of 1.34.99 makes him the first horse to break 1.35.00 over course and distance, and his trainer is excited.

“I thought we were the best horse in the race. I told Jim, ‘if you break well, go.’ He got out and set a nice pace. He’s a miler. Maybe next year, if we get a chance to stretch him out, we’ll go the World Cup route.”

There are three meetings in the UAE this week, with Meydan hosting a competitive seven-race domestic card on Thursday, at which the team run five.

Watson’s Almanaara has been twice a winner over six furlongs on dirt and he tops the weights over that course and distance in race four, the CNN Business Handicap. Travelling beautifully before failing to see out seven furlongs last time out, he will be hard to beat here, having won this same race 12 months ago, albeit from a 7lb lower mark. He is drawn in stall eight and Crowley rides.

In the same race, Ali Rashid Al Rayhi runs Alraased and the 10-year-old has been in great form this season. Yet to win at Meydan, he was second here over this trip in January and won’t be far away this time either, although stall 10 is far from ideal for jockey Fernando Jara.

Raven’s Pass’ progeny go well on Meydan’s dirt and Sheikh Hamdan has sent over his son Almoreb to join Al Rayhi. The winner of three of his 16 starts for Richard Hannon, the five-year-old should adapt well to this surface and looks very interesting in the mile handicap, race five.

Mayaadeen was a major eye-catcher at the last local meeting and the Watson trainee lines up in the seven furlong handicap. Fifth when tiring close home over this track and trip two weeks ago, he is one of the leading players here. His 11 rivals include Mustallib, who goes from stall 12 under O’Neill. A good sixth on turf when last seen two weeks ago, the son of Iffraaj is yet to look as at home on the dirt.

Abu Dhabi hosts a rare Friday fixture and the AED1million Group 1 Emirates Championship, race four, is the feature. Al Zahir won this race last year and bounced back to form with an emphatic win in the G1 President’s Cup here last time out. Rated 4lbs clear of the field, the top Arabian will be very hard to beat here, from a good draw in stall one.

It’s good to see the return of Al Zahir’s stablemate Barnamaj, who makes a belated seasonal debut here. The six-year-old was last seen finishing an excellent third in the Kahalya Classic and is prepping here for a return to that race, although this is a tough assignment first up. He is partnered by O’Neill from stall 13.

A formidable Shadwell team in the race is completed by AF Mahshoum, who was fourth in the Al Ain Mile but who is a three-time Abu Dhabi winner. George Buckell rides him from post five.

Jaaref is the sole representative for Sheikh Hamdan in the Group 3 Abu Dhabi Championship, for Thoroughbreds over 11 furlongs. A winner over course and distance two years ago, his front-running preference means he is often vulnerable to closers and this looks a tricky spot from stall nine.

HH Sheikh Hamdan’s excellent Carnival concluded on ‘Super Saturday’ with a win for Muntazah in the Group 3 Burj Nahaar; trial race for the Group 2 Godolphin Mile on World Cup night.

Ridden by Jim Crowley for Doug Watson, the Dubawi gelding was much too good; breaking well from stall one and powering clear of his rivals in the straight. The final time of 1.34.99 makes him the first horse to break 1.35.00 over course and distance, and his trainer is excited.

“I thought we were the best horse in the race. I told Jim, ‘if you break well, go.’ He got out and set a nice pace. He’s a miler. Maybe next year, if we get a chance to stretch him out, we’ll go the World Cup route.”

There are three meetings in the UAE this week, with Meydan hosting a competitive seven-race domestic card on Thursday, at which the team run five.

Watson’s Almanaara has been twice a winner over six furlongs on dirt and he tops the weights over that course and distance in race four, the CNN Business Handicap. Travelling beautifully before failing to see out seven furlongs last time out, he will be hard to beat here, having won this same race 12 months ago, albeit from a 7lb lower mark. He is drawn in stall eight and Crowley rides.

In the same race, Ali Rashid Al Rayhi runs Alraased and the 10-year-old has been in great form this season. Yet to win at Meydan, he was second here over this trip in January and won’t be far away this time either, although stall 10 is far from ideal for jockey Fernando Jara.

Raven’s Pass’ progeny go well on Meydan’s dirt and Sheikh Hamdan has sent over his son Almoreb to join Al Rayhi. The winner of three of his 16 starts for Richard Hannon, the five-year-old should adapt well to this surface and looks very interesting in the mile handicap, race five.

Mayaadeen was a major eye-catcher at the last local meeting and the Watson trainee lines up in the seven furlong handicap. Fifth when tiring close home over this track and trip two weeks ago, he is one of the leading players here. His 11 rivals include Mustallib, who goes from stall 12 under O’Neill. A good sixth on turf when last seen two weeks ago, the son of Iffraaj is yet to look as at home on the dirt.

Abu Dhabi hosts a rare Friday fixture and the AED1million Group 1 Emirates Championship, race four, is the feature. Al Zahir won this race last year and bounced back to form with an emphatic win in the G1 President’s Cup here last time out. Rated 4lbs clear of the field, the top Arabian will be very hard to beat here, from a good draw in stall one.

It’s good to see the return of Al Zahir’s stablemate Barnamaj, who makes a belated seasonal debut here. The six-year-old was last seen finishing an excellent third in the Kahalya Classic and is prepping here for a return to that race, although this is a tough assignment first up. He is partnered by O’Neill from stall 13.

A formidable Shadwell team in the race is completed by AF Mahshoum, who was fourth in the Al Ain Mile but who is a three-time Abu Dhabi winner. George Buckell rides him from post five.

Jaaref is the sole representative for Sheikh Hamdan in the Group 3 Abu Dhabi Championship, for Thoroughbreds over 11 furlongs. A winner over course and distance two years ago, his front-running preference means he is often vulnerable to closers and this looks a tricky spot from stall nine.

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