Fazza Racing head coach Salem Bin Ghadayer is expecting another big win from Down on Da Bayou at Jebel Ali Racecourse on Saturday.
Gulf today, Staff reporter
Races at Jebel Ali on Saturday afternoon are marked by a pair of race conditions, both attracting the tried and tested carnival of the Dubai World Cup or horses aspiring to compete in the Meydan International Jamboree.
Down on Da Bayou, winner of the 1900m Group 3 UAE Oaks at Meydan in February 2020 by almost 19 lengths has succeeded for the first time since his penultimate start in a 1600m conditions contest here in Jebel Ali five weeks ago .
Subsequently fourth, beaten by just over a length, in the 1600m Group 2 Cape Verde on the Meydan turf, she is clearly in good spirits and looking to hold major claims for Salem bin Ghadayer, the prince Dubai heir Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and Royston Ffrench. in the 1600m conditions race.
Ghadayer said: “We have been very happy with her this season and she is going to Jebel Ali in good shape. We are expecting another great run.
Among his six declared opponents, Doug Watson saddles Al Murqab, another course and distance winner who scored in a maiden at the end of October. It remains his only career win, after nine starts, but he has a consistent record at Jebel Ali (other than two attempts on longer trips).
Watson said: “We know he likes it in Jebel Ali and the 1600m is ideal. He worked well, so we think he should be in about a decent little race.
On the official charts, Erasmo, trained by Simon Crisford, holds serious claims on what his clay-court debut will be and just a second start for his current relationship.
A Group 3 winner in France for Godolphin and Andre Fabre, his first start for Crisford was last Friday when he was far from disgraced, finishing sixth in the 1800m Group 2 Al Rashidiya.
Crisford is also set to saddle another fascinating clay-court debutant in the previous 1950m conditions contest in which his Algiers face nine rivals.
At 5, he will make his first tenure for Crisford and was also trained in France by Fabre for Godolphin, who won twice in the Listed.
If brought to the surface, Crisford’s charge will have serious claims, but he is opposed by proven Jebel Ali performers and others with a form of dirt elsewhere.
Of two runners from Bhupat Seemar, Tadhg O’Shea joins forces with George Villiers who has won three times on gravel at Meydan but is also of Jebel Ali form, his two appearances on the course highlighted by his first when he is second in this 1950m in a handicap won by the course specialist Just Un sou in March 2020.
Pat Cosgrave rides Seemar’s second competitor, Irish Freedom, winner of a handicap over 1800m here in Jebel Ali last March. He followed that up by winning the Abu Dhabi Group 3 2200m championship a fortnight later and rarely has a bad race.
Ahmad Bin Harmash saddles Mudallel, winner of the handicap course and distance last March and winner of the 2200m on clay at Meydan in early December, his sixth career success and third in the UAE. This, however, seems like a daunting task.
Among the rest of the field, Ffrench seems to have chosen Tenbury Wells over Rare Ninja for Bin Ghadayer and Gentile Bellini seems to have claims for Musabbeh Al Mheiri and Antonio Fresu..