Jebel Ali race for the first time in 2019 on Friday when ‘The Deira Meeting’ is highlighted by a 1000m conditions dash, the official feature among the seven races. The fifth Jebel Ali meeting of the current campaign which kicked off at Jebel Ali on the last Friday of October, it is the final one before the track stage their biggest race of the season, the Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, in two weeks. Friday’s feature looks like an early prep for any 3yos being considered for an audacious crack at the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint, six weeks later, over the same 1000m course and distance, on the same card as the 1950m Listed Jebel Ali Stakes.
Most people’s favourite UAE racecourse, Jebel Ali is always well attended with the car parks filling up from early morning before the gates are thrown open to greet the public at midday, almost two hours before the first race. Each attendee will be issued a raffle ticket offering them, among other prizes, 130 valuable gifts. Those attending Jebel Ali for the first time this season, please note the earlier 1.45pm start time, altered to facilitate the running of the seventh race in daylight. A big, enthusiastic crowd is guaranteed to savour what is often described as a ‘tea party’ atmosphere, but the Pick Seven players are knowledgeable and will be poring over their copies of Al Adiyat, looking for that vital insight to give them an added edge when seeking to win their share of Dh111,500 on offer this week in the tipping competitions.
Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm sponsor the feature but he is not represented in the race although he has several runners on the card with his first jockey, Jim Crowley, riding at Jebel Ali for the first time this season. Joining Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm on the sponsorship roster, on a card worth Dh645,000, part of a seasonal amount at Jebel Ali this campaign of almost Dh9 million, are Al Sahel Contracting, Al Shafar Investment, ASCANA (Arabian Scandinavian Insurance), Commercial Bank of Dubai, Al Hudaiba Contracting and a welcome return from Dubai Duty Free. Speaking on behalf of Shadwell Farm, Salem Al Subosi said: “As always it is a pleasure and a privilege to be sponsoring the featured race again at Jebel Ali and, again, congratulations to Shareef Al Halawani and his team who organise the course so well.
“Sheikh Hamdan is a massive supporter and fan of racing at Jebel Ali with his ongoing support further evidence of his commitment to the sport both locally and internationally.” Racecourse manager Shareef Al Halawani added: “Again we are indebted to Sheikh Hamdan and Shadwell for their continued and generous support and, as always, we thank all our sponsors for their backing without which we would not be able to offer such good prize money.” Jasmine Micocymo from Dubai Duty Free said: “We are delighted to be back at Jebel Ali, especially having just celebrated our 35thanniversary in December.” Yasir Mabrouk of the ERA continued: “We at the ERA again congratulate Jebel Ali for staging such a competitive and well supported meeting.
“Obviously the return of Jim Crowley for Sheikh Hamdan is one of the most eye catching events on what promises to be an exciting afternoon.” Nicholas Bachalard trains on the Jebel Ali track for racecourse patron, Sheikh Ahmed, and has five runners on the card. These include Eyelool and Salayel who both contest the feature. As always, the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship (DIAHC) are donating Dh1,000 to the groom of the horse adjudged the ‘best turned out’ in each race, obviously a total of Dh7,000 this week. As mentioned, there will be 130 valuable gifts and prizes allocated to the public throughout the day, via a raffle, and lucky winning ticket holders also have the chance of winning 25 cash gifts of Dh400 apiece, a total of Dh10,000 with that particular draw conducted after the final race.
The main gates, where the free raffle tickets await, open at 10am and the first raffle draw, for 20 of the most valuable prizes, will be made at 12 noon. For Dh10 you can buy the chance to win a Cherry Arrizo3 car, with the winners drawn after the final race, while it is worth reiterating the Pick Seven and other selection competitions offer a combined total prize of Dh111,500. As always, the bulk of this is the Pick Seven fund which is Dh45,000 this week, so picking winners can be highly beneficial for any lucky attendee who can find all seven! The Double Tricast, races three and four, has risen to Dh42,000, another lucrative prize for selection competition enthusiasts to target! The traditional free buses are provided from the car parks to the main entrance and special areas are allocated for ladies and families. With a big crowd expected, it is recommended to arrive in good time and savour the atmosphere as it builds ahead of the first race.