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Debutant Elraawy holds key

Hisham Al Gizouli / 20 January 2013

UAE debutant Elraawy looks good to land the 2200m Purebred Arabian Madinat Zayed Handicap, the highlight of the seventh race-meeting at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday.

Trained by Gillian Duffield at the Oasis-1 Stables in Dubai and ridden by Paul Hanagan in the blue silks of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, the five-year-old son of Monsieur Al Maury has never run a bad race having won his last two starts in Europe before being shipped to Dubai.

Stable companion Takaamul under Dane O’Neill and the mount of Richard Mullen Okba are the best of the rest.

In the sixth race, a 1600m Thoroughbreds Maiden, the only TB event on the card, Nabah has every chance to snatch a long overdue verdict under Royston Ffrench.

The five-year-old Motivator mare which is looked after by the champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe on behalf of owner Saeed Manana at the Grand Stand Stables in Dubai, has every chance to strike this time out. Ramonti Flash (Musabah Al Muhairi/ Wane Smith) is the only danger.

The race kicks off with the 2200m PA Al Rahba Conditions which has attracted maximum field of 16 runners going to post. Top-rated Forgehill Cezzane will be the one to beat in what could be a one-horse race.

Owned by The President, His Highness, Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and trained by the Al Asayel handler Ernst Oertel, the Dormane horse will be partnered this time out by Adrian Nicholls to replace its suspended partner Tadhg O’Shea.

In the third race, a 2200m PA Ajban Conditions event, Djanet Monlau (Gillian Duffield/ Ted Durcan) will battle it to the wire against Richly Blessed (Ernst Oertel/ Sam Hitchcott).

The fourth race, a PA Al Raha Beach Handicap which is contested over a mile, is a re-match between Eric Lemartinel duo Mooser (Gerald Avranche) and AG Dhaham (Wayne Smith), with the latter is having the weight advantage.

Yazan (A Manuel/ Richard Mullen) will be hard to beat in the 1400m PA Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners Only Handicap, the fifth race of the evening.

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