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Quality the key at Era’s annual horse sale

Jebel Ali specialist Treble Jig heads 123 lots that will come under the hammer at Meydan

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Dubai Jebel Ali specialist Treble Jig heads a list of quality horses that will go under the hammer at the annual Emirates Racing Authority (Era) Horses In Training Sale next month.

The six-year-old, who is a dual winner of two of the three major races staged at the track, the Listed Jebel Ali Stakes and Group 3 Jebel Ali Mile, is one of 123 lots that will be sold to the highest bidder on Wednesday, March 6 at Meydan racecourse.

Treble Jig, who will only be sold if bidding exceeds his reserve price, speculated to be a six-figure mount. Currently owned by Fathi Esead Mohammad Egziama, Treble Jig has earned Dh757,500 in prize money to date.

Also due to go through the sales ring is Burano, an international runner from the British yard of trainer, Brian Meehan. Burano, winner of the Dubai World Cup Carnival’s Meydan Classic in 2012 was runner-up in the Meydan Hotels Handicap last month.

Other stand-out horses include four-time winner Garbah and eight-time UAE winner Rochdale, from the stable of champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe. In addition to Treble Jig, Al Muhairi has also consigned 2011 Godolphin Mile fifth and Burj Nahar runner-up Zafeen Speed, who has been off the track since his Dubai World Cup day outing.

Youm Mutamiez, who has already won twice this season at Jebel Ali, also makes the trip from Al Muhairi’s Oasis 1 Stables.

Gerard Bush, chief steward at Era, said: “Treble Jig obviously catches the eye and there are also a number of other horses in the sale who have already won this season and you would think that there are quite a few that have the potential to perform well in the future.

“Last year there were a total of 106 horses sold which carried a total value of Dh3.5 million, with the sale of Happy Today for Dh310,000 representing the top lot and Mantoba, a winner at Abu Dhabi for trainer Doug Watson this season, attracting Dh100,000.”