Gabr hoping for repeat success in Jebel Ali feature

Having missed the first meeting of the season at Jebel Ali a fortnight ago, the public will be back on Friday with 7,000 allowed admittance on a card featuring a 1600m handicap in which Gabr will bid to emulate his victory of 12 months ago.

Trained by Doug Watson for Shadwell and the choice of stable jockey Pat Dobbs, the 6yo Intello gelding was opening his UAE account to add to a pair of victories in Britain when trained by Sir Michael Stoute. He was unable to add to that tally last season but was, bar one disappointing effort, a model of consistency.

Watson, who saddled four winners here a fortnight ago, appears to have a particularly strong hand with three of the eight runners, including Eshtiraak, one of that winning quartet when he landed a 1400m handicap for Shadwell.

He will be partnered by Sam Hitchcott with Richard Mullen riding Watson’s third representative, Mohd Khalifa Al Basti’s Maqtal who will be having just his third local start.

Watson said: “Gabr won this last year first time out, is back on the same handicap mark and seems in the same kind of form at home as he was 12 months ago.
“Eshtiraak was a good Jebel Ali winner a fortnight ago and came out of that race well while Maqtal has really blossomed over the summer so we expect all three to run well.”

Salem bin Ghadayer introduces an interesting new recruit to the Emirates in the shape of Tenbury Wells, the mount of Royston Ffrench for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohd Al Maktoum.

A 4yo gelding by Medaglia D’Oro, he was trained in the UK by John & Thady Gosden, winning twice and ran as recently as the very end of July.

Bin Ghadayer said: “He only arrived in October so is a real newcomer in the yard and he has pleased us since he arrived. His pedigree suggests the dirt will suit but we need to find out so this is a good opportunity.”

Satish Seemar saddles both Remorse, the mount of Tadhg O’Shea and Karaginsky who has the assistance and valuable claim of apprentice Sean Kirrane.

The latter, owned by Nasir Askar, is thrice a Jebel Ali winner, one of those victories over this 1600m, when losing his maiden tag in February 2019, the most recent pair of successes over 1400m, the latest in February this year, almost exactly two years after he shed his maiden tag.

Meanwhile, Remorse will be having just his fourth local outing having won the middle of three appearances earlier this year in a 2000m handicap on the dirt at Meydan.

A 4yo Dubawi gelding, he was second on his UAE bow over 1400m here at Jebel Ali so the surface clearly suits and it appears interesting O’Shea has elected to partner him having been aboard for all three of Karaginsky’s triumphs.

Assistant trainer, Bhupat Seemar, said: “Both of ours are in good form and training well in the mornings.
“Remorse proved he handles Jebel Ali on his one outing there and is still a young horse and, you would hope, open to improvement.
“Karaginsky loves it at Jebel Ali. He is a big horse and has the benefit of Sean Kirrane’s claim so, hopefully, both go there with live chances in what appears a competitive race.”

The octet is completed by First Winter, the mount of Ray Dawson for Ahmad bin Harmash and Silchester, trained by Khalifa Al Neyadi and with the assistance of Omani apprentice Saif Al Balushi.