Issue 750

51 ISSUE 750 - THURSDAY 20 JANUARY 2022 Appleby but in the maroon and white silks of HH Sheikha Al Jalila Racing. Bin Suroor saddled the winner last year in the shape of Land Of Legends who is back to defend his crown, a feat most recently achieved by Appleby’s Safety Check in 2016 having won the race 12 months earlier. Back in the Nad Al Sheba era, Linngari also won consecutive renewals in 2006 and 2007 so history certainly suggests Bin Suroor’s charge does not face an impossible task. A 6yo Iffraaj gelding, he has not raced since finishing a highly creditable fifth in the Group 1 Dubai Turf on the Dubai World Cup card but has a good record fresh. Before Bin Suroor’s charge won the race last year, Appleby saddled the three previous winners and his Naval Crown looks sure to run a big race. A 4yo Dubawi colt, Appleby’s charge has two victories to his name, the most valuable UK 2yo maiden, York’s 1400m Convivial Stakes, in August 2020 and last year’s Listed Meydan Classic, over 1600m, last February. He was only beaten three lengths when fourth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket before finishing second at Royal Ascot in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes, won by stable companion and subsequent Group One winner Creative Force. The best of the dirt action is the 1200m Group 3 Dubawi Stakes in which Canvassed, Al Tariq and Freedom Fighter all appear to hold major claims. Race 1: Albion Square Race 2: Island Falcon Race 3: Albahr (Nap) Race 4: Lord Glitters (NB) Race 5: Naval Crown Race 6: Canvassed Race 7: Rebel’s Romance Selections Canvassed Naval Crown Land Of Legends