THE 3YO SPEEDSTERS take centre stage for this third Jebel Ali fixture of the new season with a 1000m dash the official feature and 11 declared for the 3yos only conditions contest. Based at the adjacent Jebel Ali Stables, Nicholas Bachalard has made a fine start to the new campaign with two winners, the same number of seconds and a fifth from his first five runners. Meat Loaf would add that two of his last three runners have hit the target; we all know two out of three ain’t bad! He relies on Raakezz, a Street Boss colt who cost a healthy $410,000 as a breeze-up 2yo last April but looked money well spent when ‘hacking up’ on debut at this meeting last year, in a maiden over the same 1000m. He then went to Meydan, on turf, over 1400m for the Meydan Classic Trial, never landing a blow, but was back on ‘home dirt’ just 15 days later, crossing the line locked together with Attribution in a 1400m conditions race for 3yos. A thrilling deadheat at the time was later amended when Bachalard’s charge tested positive for a prohibited substance. With just three career starts to his name he looks open to all kinds of improvement and you would imagine the Listed Jebel Ali Sprint could be a target later in the campaign.
Raahy is with his third trainer already, after 11 starts having switched from George Scott to his previous owner, Fawzi Nass. This will be his debut for Jaber Ramadhan. A gelded son of Brazen Beau, his sole victory was registered as a juvenile, for Scott, on the all-weather at Lingfield over 1000m. His one previous visit to Jebel Ali was, arguably, his best of four local outings for Nass, when fifth in a handicap over this 1000m, an effort he followed with a close 1400m fourth on the Abu Dhabi turf. The 1600m Listed Meydan Classic on the Meydan turf was a bridge too far on his final start of last season, at the end of February. Back in calmer waters, he merits respect. Reportedly named in honour of the same connections’ Heavy Metal, sharing the same sire in Exceed And Excel, What A Metal not only has the benefit of an outing this season but it was a victorious one, shedding his maiden tag at the fifth attempt.
Trained by Salem bin Ghadayer for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohd, he ran out the easy winner of a maiden over this 1000m track and trip a month ago, chased home by Bachalard’s Sadeedd so the Frenchman should have a fair idea how Raakezz compares to that one. Major Cinammon has yet to get his head in front but has caught the eye on more than one occasion and this will be just his sixth public appearance. A Tapiture gelding, he is trained by Mujeeb Rahman, saddling his initial runners of the season seeking a first ever UAE winner. Doug Watson has enjoyed plenty of Jebel Ali success already this season and his Far Sky is another seeking to lose his maiden tag. A gelded son of Stay Thirsty, he has five previous runs on his resume, most recently over 1400m at Meydan just last week. He has twice finished second but, on his one Jebel Ali visit, was more than four lengths behind the subsequently disqualified Raakezz.
The predominantly orange silks of Rashed Bouresly have been much missed thus far this season but the Kuwaiti handler is back in action, running You’re My Rock here. You probably guessed he is a son of Rock Of Gibraltar and will be making his debut for new connections, as a maiden, after four runs in Britain for Richard Fahey. A debut third on the Newcastle all-weather was probably his best effort so he can clearly go well fresh and his trainer will be looking to make a flying belated start to the campaign, just as Musabbeh Al Mheiri did with a treble at Meydan last week. Stable companion Morrabbi Al Ajjial was well beaten in all three of his appearances last season, each one at Jebel Ali, but did show good early speed on his final start in March suggesting this first crack at 1000m could be a positive.
Race 1: Masaali (Nap)
Race 2: Daily Bulletin
Race 3: Iftitah
Race 4: Raakezz (NB)
Race 5: Tahdeed
Race 6: Cranesbill