Shadwell UAE Season Preview Week 23

Posted on: 21st Mar 2018

AL ZAHIR adds another win to his string of victories in Dubai

Shadwell ended the domestic season at Abu Dhabi and Meydan in the best way possible, with four winners over the weekend. First up came wins from the Doug Watson-trained Almanaara and Nathr at Meydan, before AF Mahshoum and Al Zahir followed up two days later in the Capital.

AF Mahshoum, a new recruit for the team, landed the UAE Arabian Derby for Ali Rashid al Rayhi and Jim Crowley, and it was the same combination who collected the G1 Emirates Championship with Al Zahir. Despite being drawn in 16, Crowley was able to get a good early position and asked the chestnut to go for home well before the final bend, winning by more than seven lengths.

“When I asked him to close he did so effortlessly and we know he stays further, so I was happy to go for home a long way out. He is a very good horse and I would imagine he would take his chance in the Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup night now.”

There is just one meeting in the UAE this weekend; Jebel Ali staging its final card of the campaign on Friday. The feature race, sponsored by Shadwell Farm, is the Jebel Ali Classic (Silver Jubilee Cup) over 1400metres and the team run Shaishee, who won this race in 2016, and Taamol, who drops in grade, having run down the field in the Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal at Meydan last time. Dane O’Neill rides the latter, with Jim Crowley in action in the UK this weekend.

The first race, an 1800metre handicap, sees Al Barez line up for Ahmad Bin Harmash. He must reverse form with several who finished ahead of him here last time, including winner Aridity, but has a 2lb lower mark this time. However, stall 16 is far from ideal.

The 1950metre handicap has a select field of five, and Saajid will carry just 55 kilos for Erwan Charpy. He showed good pace, before fading, on turf at Meydan, but dirt is an unknown. He does, however, have stall one, so may be able to make the running and avoid the kickback.

The 1000metre rated conditions event looks very competitive and Mubtaghaa takes his chance here for Musabbeh Al Mheiri and Pat Cosgrave. Now down to a mark of 96, the six-year-old has been off the track since running at Abu Dhabi in December. He faces stablemate Taneen, a good sixth over course and distance in the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint last time. He will be ridden by Mheiri’s stable jockey Fernando Jara.  Farook, one place ahead of him in the Jebel Ali Sprint, takes his chance for Erwan Charpy. The four-year-old was an excellent fourth on turf at Meydan last time and is respected here, from a good draw in two.

The 1200metre handicap looks open and sees Munshid resume off a 3lb lower mark, having managed eighth two weeks ago over this track and trip. He faces in-form veteran Alraased, the pick of O’Neill, who was just touched off here two weeks ago, behind the re-opposing Kowaiywess. Thaaqib, dropping down to this trip for the first time since his debut, completes the Shadwell team, for Charpy and Antonio Fresu.

By Laura King

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