Kilt Rock faces Russian Rock test

Kilt Rock (Doug Watson/ Pat Dobbs) faces an uphill task in the 1000m Prep of the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, the third and final major event of the venue on Friday.

By Hisham Al Gizouli

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Published: Sat 23 Feb 2013, 12:34 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:53 AM

The six-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway has eventually returned to the winning ways after six defeats over 1000m and 1200m, four out of them were at the hands of Friday’s main opponent Russian Rock.

Trainer Doug Watson was excited after Kilt Rock prevailed by four lengths over Murbeh last time out and showed strong signs of improvement before renewing rivalry against Russian Rock in the Prep.

“He’s in a very good form and has returned in a fine condition after his last run. It’s a tough race and hopefully he will improve further for the main race in a couple of weeks,” he said.

Kilt Rock winning under Pat Dobbs at Jebel Ali. — KT file

But the Grand Stand’s handler Musabah Al Muhairi is still confident that Russian Rock (Wayne Smith) will be hard to beat.

“Although my horse has picked extra two kilos penalty, but he will get the job done. The Prep is a stopover in the build up for the main event en route to the Dubai World Cup night. I think we are still in with a chance to earn a line-up in the $2m 1200 Dubai Golden Dhaheen Gr-1 on the big night,” a confident trainer said.

Elsewhere, AF Kamash (M Al Hammadi/ Silvestre De Souz) eyes third straight Jebel Ali victory in the fourth and final leg of the Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Emirates Breeders Society Challenge, the Arabians UAE-Bred series. Having won the second and third rounds of the championship, AF Kamash has virtually claimed the title and faces no threat in this respect.

Forjatt (Dhruba Selvaratnam/ James Doyle) heads the weights in the 1400m TB Handicap which has attracted a small field of four runners going to post.

In the second race, Qannas (Ali Rashid Al Raihe/ Paul Hanagan) looks good to land the 1600m TB Handicap second race of the afternoon. Having broken the maiden in great performance over distance and course a fortnight ago, the four-year-old Hard Spun colt should repeat in today’s test.

Kessraa (Dhruba Selvaratnam/ James Doyle) is another good hope for the home team in the 1400m TB Handicap fifth meeting on the card. The seven-year-old son of Kheleyf has finished second in his last two starts and should go one better this time out.

The final race, a TB Handicap contested over a mile, has attracted five runners headed by Swinging Sixties (Dhruba Selvaratnam/ James Doyle). But the race represents a good chance for Al Nashmy (Julio Peromingo/ Gerald Avranche) to return to the winners’ enclosure after his poor performance behind Youm Mutamyez late last November. But he showed signs of returning to form when finished a length back to Discoverer three weeks ago at Meydan.

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