Shaheer holds advantage in Arabian Triple Crown

Al Asayl trainer Salem Al Ketbi is well represented in the race with the mount of the retained jockey Tadhg O’Shea, Shaheer, leading the yard’s trio.

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Published: Sun 22 Feb 2015, 3:50 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 8:34 PM

Abu Dhabi — Ten fillies and colts have been declared to battle it to the wire in the 2200m second leg of the Arabian Triple Crown Gr-3, the highlight of the 12th race meeting at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday.

Al Asayl trainer Salem Al Ketbi is well represented in the race with the mount of the retained jockey Tadhg O’Shea, Shaheer, leading the yard’s trio.

“She’s a nice filly who has won easily on UAE debut in her only start over a mile at the same track early last month and has every chance to strike this time out,” the local trainer said. “The extended distance is not a worry,” he confirmed.

“Top weight, Arwaah, is a Gr-2 winner in Europe and will be partnered by Adrie De Vries. We are expecting her to run a big race. Shane Karlsson will be onboard Namrood and he’s equally a brilliant performer who’s making his UAE debut. He has won a maiden race and was not disgraced in his subsequent Group-2 and Group-1 defeats in Europe. I think, they are all in with a chance to make their presence felt,” he said.

In the Emirates Colts Classic, a Purebred Prestige event contested over a mile, top weight Abhaar (Salem Al Ketbi/ Tadhg O’Shea) would be difficult to beat. Unbeaten in all his three starts, the well-bred Al Nasr colt has impressed the handicapper after having smashed a field of 14 runners by more than seven lengths in the 1600m Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club Gold Cup Prestige over a couple of weeks ago and should make it perfect four on Sunday. That also means Al Asayl Stables could scoop all the three main events of the night.

Speaking about the chances of Malekov in the 2200m Abu Dhabi Championship Prep Rated Conditions, Al Ketbi said that he ran well when second behind Snow Squal over course and distance finishing ahead of most opponents. 


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