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Gopi replaces Dhruba as Selvaratnam dynasty continues at Jebel Ali

25/09/2017
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The Surname stays the same but the first one changes as Gopi Selvaratnam replaces brother Dhruba at Jebel Ali Stables for the forthcoming UAE season. After training from Jebel Ali for all bar two of the last 25 seasons, and having been heavily involved in both the creation and development of racecourse and stables prior to that, Dhruba has returned to Ireland, where he trained during those two years of absence from the UAE, and passed on the reins to his younger brother.

The world famous predominantly yellow colours of racecourse owner and patron Sheikh Ahmed have been carried to big race success in a multitude of local feature races, most recently by dual Jebel Ali Mile hero, Forjatt, UAE 2000 Guineas victor Market Rally and Morawij, winner of two Listed Jebel Ali Sprints and Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal, as well as twice third in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen. There must be every chance the transfer of licence will be seamless; Gopi has worked for his brother for more than 20 years and maintains the same staff, most who have been there for a long time also.

Speaking from Ireland, Dhruba said: “Sheikh Ahmed and I started the project 27 years ago and I’d like to thank him for all he has done for Jebel Ali. I wish him and Gopi all the best for the new season.” Gopi added: “It is a very exciting challenge and, obviously, I am very grateful to Sheikh Ahmed and his team for being afforded the opportunity. “I learned an awful lot from Dhruba over very many years and cannot thank him enough. We will mainly operate in the same way but I have a few ideas of to implement as well. “As I said, it is a very exciting time and opportunity, something I am keen to grasp and really looking forward to.”

To find out more about ongoing events at Jebel Ali Stables, ensure you read the first Al Adiyat issue of the new season, on Thursday 2nd November…

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