Dubai: Several Jebel Ali Racecourse specialists will be seen in action when flat racing returns to the hilly track on Friday for a competitive-looking six-event card.
Shadwell Farm continues to lend its support to the feature race of the afternoon, which is a 1,200m handicap for horses rated 95-100.
Among the leading fancies is the Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Youm Mutamaiez, who was an exciting winner of the Derrinstown Stud Conditions event a fortnight ago.
He faces eight rivals, including United Colour, who was a length behind him on that occasion. Recent Meydan scorer Take Ten and the exciting Kilt Rock, a four-race winner at the track are also on the card.
Announcing Shadwell Farm’s sponsorship of the race, representative Abdullah Al Ansari said: “It is with great pleasure that Shadwell Farm returns to sponsor the main event at Jebel Ali Racecourse.
“As always, this week’s race looks very competitive with several horses in with a big chance.
“Shadwell Farm is committed to supporting racing at Jebel Ali and we hope that its support will continue to help raise the profile of competitive racing at the venue.”
Shadwell Farm is the breeding operation of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, whose horses have a good strike rate at Jebel Ali Racecourse.
The support races will be sponsored by the Emirates Horse Breeders’ Society, Al Shafar Investment, ASCANA, Commercial Bank of Dubai and Frayland.
Shareef Al Halawani, Manager Jebel Ali Racecourse, thanked Shaikh Hamdan and the support sponsors for their contribution to racing at Jebel Ali.
Jebel Ali Racecourse is owned by Maj. General Shaikh Ahmad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Chief of Dubai Police and Public Security, who has been actively involved in the development of racing and facilities at the racecourse which is synonymous with race-goers as a family-style racecourse.
“Shaikh Ahmad has urged us to make racing accessible to the citizens of the UAE and to ensure that along with the quality of action on the track, race-goers are well entertained and exposed to the culture of the Emirates,” he said.
“Valuable gifts and prizes will be given away to lucky race-goers and all facilities are in place to make their outing to Jebel Ali a memorable occasion.”
Al Halawani announced that Al Habtoor Motors, who have emerged as a key co-sponsor of Jebel Ali Racecourse, will give away their eighth car of the season, a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer 1.6 model, which will be raffled off after the last race. Raffle tickets, priced at Dh10 each, will be sold during the races.
In addition, the popular Pick Six competition, a free-to-enter event, will have a prize pot of Dh61,500, while the purse for the Double Cast competition for each race will see an increase in money.
Racing starts at 2.15pm and entry is free.