Entering Friday’s seven furlong, 120,000 AED feature at Jebel Ali, Doug Watson trainee Shopton Lane sits at top rating (after the defection of non-runner Masaalek). That top-rating might be more of a hindrance to those planning to back the son of Quiet American who was listless in two Dubai International Racing Carnival starts in 2009.
Plavius provides an interesting candidate in this event considering he is a course winner from late 2008 and seems to run better in his starts off the layoff. Aamaaq, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe, also has a history of performing well early in his form cycle, winning two races at last year’s Winter Racing Challenge in his first two starts of the campaign.
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Purebred Arabians are featured throughout most of the weekend at Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.