Spotlight on Jaasoos

DUBAI - Jaasoos, ridden by Willam Buick, is all out to defend his title in the 1400m President Cup, a listed contest which has attracted a maximum field of 14 runners at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday.



By Hisham Al Gizouli

Published: Sun 26 Dec 2010, 11:54 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:21 AM

The six-year-old gelded son of Noverre will face the challenge of the National Day Cup winner Escape Route under Richard Mullen.

The only drawback could be the wide draw from which Jaasoos is going to jump, but with William Buick in the saddle, nothing can stop the brilliant sprinter from smashing the field.

Escape Route showed the best of him, winning the President Cup Prep at the same distance and course on seasonal debut two weeks ago. He beat Hopes And Fears in great style, but this may not be the case when he lines up against earlier conqueror Jaasoos who will be difficult to catch.

Musabah Al Muhairi saddles the mount of Tadhg O’Shea, Musaafer after having finished runner-up to Comradeship on UAE debut at Meydan a fortnight ago.

“I hope he can go one better in tomorrow’s test,” said the smiling UAE trainer Musabah Al Muhairi.

“I know there’s nothing easy when you have your colt battling against the elder and more experienced horses, but Musaafer is good enough to turn the tables,” he said.

Montpellier, Prince Shaun and Golden Arrow are the best of the rest with good chances to fight for minor places.

The President Cup card kicks off with a 1600m Purebred Arabians Fillies and Mares Al Maha Maiden. AS Kahila looks good to give Abu Dhabi-based duo trainer Eric Lemartinel and jockey Gerald Avranche a winning start of the evening. In the second race, a 1600m Purebred Arabians UAE Bred Abu Dhabi Colts Classic Prestige, Burkan Al Asayl would be difficult to beat.

Three-year-old Johnny On The Spot Colt returns to action under Kieren Fallon and trainer Phillipe Barbe is expected him to run another big race following his splendid win first time out on a shorter distance ah the same venue.

The new partnership of Barbe-Fallon may go for a quick double with Frynchman having every chance to land the 1600m Purebred Arabians Abu Dhabi Championship Listed, the third race on the card.

Sudanese trainer Adam Aghbash, who made his presence felt after winning the National Day Cup with Dynamite last month, saddles Meshwar to battle it out against AF Mursid and MH Wafi in the 2200m Purebred Arabians UAE Bred Wathba Stud Farm Cup.

UAE debutant Haneen in the distinguished blue silks of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, will be the one to beat in the 1400m Purebred Arabians December Conditions, the final race of the evening.

Trained by Gillian Duffield and ridden by Tadhg O’Shea, the highly regarded mare of Prince D’Orient makes UAE debut under extremely favourable conditions and would be the biggest surprise if he did not win easily.

KT Selections: 1. AS Kahila 2. Burkan Al Asayl 3. Frynchman 4. AF Mursid 5. Jaasoos 6. Haneen

Day’s best: Jaasoos

hisham@khaleejtimes.com


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