x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Tin Soldier could earn his stripe

The finals of the Sprint, Mile and the Long distance races of the Winter Racing Challenge are the highlights of the New Year card with Dh300,000 worth of prizes for each race.

DUBAI // The finals of the Sprint, Mile and the Long distance races of the Winter Racing Challenge, the second last meeting of the series, are the highlights tonight's New Year card with Dh300,000 worth of prizes for each race. The South African trainer Mike de Kock's Brave Tin Soldier heads the first of the three finals after running a good second behind Jet Express on his reappearance at Jebel Ali a fortnight ago. The five-year-old son of Storm Cat has finished behind Jet Express in his last three starts but with a little improvement can reverse that placing over the mile trip.

Jet Express and Skyward will be the main threats with some interesting newcomers such as Glen Nevis, Charlie Cool, Military Power and Meydan City, capable of turning the race into an exciting form with their useful UK form. Dynamic Saint hasn't lived up to his trainer Doug Watson's expectations but a change in the riding arrangements can see him end a frustrating 10 winless rides since Feb 2007. The fortunes of the gelded son of Sweetsouthersaint will be guided by Richard Mullen, who took him to the winner's enclosure last for the second of his four career victories.

The lightly raced Singing Poet spearheads the challenge along with the Dubai Carnival campaigners Crime Scene, With Interest and Igor Protti. Watson can complete a double with his exciting American sprinter Force Freeze, who has never been out of the first three in five starts. The Emirati Ahmad Ajtebi with his new found status as a professional and new job as the first jockey to fellow trainers Mubarak bin Shafya and Abdulla bin Huzaim has strong claims in all the races.

Ajtebi's best chances, however, appear to be in the third race onboard Step In Line. apassela@thenational.ae Racecard 7.00pm MUSTAQBALI 1,400m (PA) Handicap (rated 49-74) Dh 42,000 1. 210- VUNDABA (6y b g) 58.5 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Buick 7 2. 0-00 ALASIL (6y ch g) 56 S.Seemar ? R.Mullen 16 3. 5-33 BILLAMUNAZZE (9y ch g) 56 M.Ramadan ? A.Ajtebi 5 4. 20-0 AF AMER TAHADDI (9y gr h) 54 A.Manuel ? A.Nicholls 13

5. 4-06 NASHVILLE (8y ch h) 54 S.Hawaa ? Lisa Jones 12 6. 13-4 AHMADANI MUSAFER (9y b h) 52.5 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 10 7. -100 MURAWIH (6y b h) 52.5 E.Lemartinel ? T.O'Shea 14 8. -046 AHEL (8y b h) 52 S.Deeb ? F.Jara 9 9. 4-00 CS CHARMA (6y gr h) 52 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 11 10. 05-4 DJOUMIS DE LEYRE (14y ch h) 52 K.Aga ? M.Henry 3 11. -004 GRP MONDIAL GHANTOOT (7y gr h) 52 A.Manuel ? S.Gorey (1.5kg) 2

12. -413 HILAL AL EID (5y b h) 52 S.Deeb ? D.Badel 6 13. 520- JUDEER (6y ch g) 52 M.Gharib ? R.Burke 15 14. -036 OFFRANDE DUCROATE (7y b h) 52 M.Gharib ? K.Latham 1 15. -000 PRINCE DE FAUST (6y ch h) 52 M.Kettle ? Salima al Taleei (4.5) 8 16. -052 SCHEHERAZADE MONLAU (8y ch m) 52 K.Aga ? Sophie Doyle (3) 4 17. -040 NOUR DE MONLAU (7y ch h) 52 K.Aga ? RESERVE 18. -245 SHARUDY (7y b h) 52 F.Nizamuddin ? RESERVE

19. 3-03 BAREQ (5y b h) 52 M.Al Muhairi ? RESERVE 20. -202 RACHIDIA (5yb m) 52 S.Deeb ? RESERVE 7.30pm AL DANA 2,000m (TB) NOVICE Dh 50,000 1. -535 JAP KKHATTAF (6y ch h) 59 I.Ellahi ? D.O'Donohoe 8 2. -316 PENTLAND FIRTH (5y b h) 59 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 7 3. 0-10 SAVE THE SECRET (6y b h) 59 A.Selvaratnam ? F.Jara 4 4. 300- MOONQUAKE (4y db/br c) 58 M.Bin Shafya ? A.Ajtebi 6

5. 0- DANCE STEPS (5y b g) 56 M.Ramadan ? A.Nicholls 5 6. -043 HEART OF CORNWALL (5y ch g) 56 S.Seemar ? R.Mullen 2 7. -0 HUNDREDPERCENTMINE (5y gr g) 56 S.Seemar ? T.Durcan 1 8. 4- AD DAJAA (4y db/br f) 53 S.Hawaa ? Lisa Jones 3 8.00pm TADAWUL 1,500m (TB) Handicap (60-80) Dh 60,000 1. -443 ESTIHDAAF (8y db/br g) 60.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Hills 3 2. 40-6 RAFFAAS (5y b g) 60 D.Selvaratnam ? W.Buick 4

3. -002 GALFAR (8y ch h) 58 E.Charpy ? T.O'Shea 5 4. 5-42 STEP IN LINE (5y b g) 57 A.Bin Huzaim ? A.Ajtebi 2 5. 0-56 SEEKING AN ALIBI (7y ch g) 54.5 A.Bin Huzaim ? W.Supple 1 6. -251 RAGAD (6y b h) 52.5 D.Watson ? F.Jara 6 7. 4-55 MILLENNIUM FORCE (11y b g) 52.5 R.Bouresly ? R.Burke 7 8.30pm CBD WORLD MASTERCARD 1,600m (TB) Handicap (0-105) Dh 300,000 1. 150- YADDREE (4y ch c) 60.5 M.Bin Shafya ? Sophie Doyle (3) 3

2. 50-1 JET EXPRESS (6y b g) 60 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 9 3. 261- GLEN NEVIS (5y db/br h) 59.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Mullen 12 4. 60-2 BRAVE TIN SOLDIER (5y b h) 58.5 M.De Kock ? K.Shea 6 5. 064- CHARLIE COOL (6y ch h) 58.5 D.Selvaratnam ? W.Buick 1 6. 350- GRAND HOMBRE (9y db/br g) 58.5 R.Bouresly ? R.Burke 4 7. 156- MEYDAN CITY (4y b c) 58.5 M.Bin Shafya ? J.Rosales 2 8. 11-2 SKYWARDS (7y b g) 58.5 E.Charpy ? T.O'Shea 10

9. 40-0 FILIOS (5y b h) 55.5 A.Bin Huzaim ? W.Supple 5 10. 450- QUEBEC CITIZEN (5y b g) 55 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 11 11. 240- MILITARY POWER (4y b c) 54.5 M.Bin Shafya ? A.Ajtebi 7 12. 000- ETIHAAD (7y b h) 54 R.Bouresly ? D.Smith 8 13. -133 DARK POINT (6y b g) 54 D.Watson ? D.O'Donohoe 13 9.00pm ATTIJARI AL ISLAMI 2,000m (TB) Handicap (0-105) Dh 300,000 1. 604- CRIME SCENE (6y b g) 62 M.Bin Shafya ? A.Ajtebi 5

2. 00-0 EMIRATES SKYLINE (6y b g) 62 A.Bin Huzaim ? W.Supple 4 3. 01-4 SINGING POET (8y b g) 62 E.Charpy ? T.O'Shea 3 4. 253- IGOR PROTTI (7y b h) 61.5 A.Bin Huzaim ? R.Hills 1 5. 311- WITH INTEREST (6y b h) 61.5 M.Bin Shafya ? J.Rosales 15 6. 3-33 DYNAMIC SAINT (6y b g) 60.5 D.Watson ? R.Mullen 6 7. 410- FATHAYER (4y ch c) 60.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 7 8. 44-4 BENNIE BLUE (6y ch h) 60 M.De Kock ? K.Shea 10

9. 00-0 LIMEHOUSE (5y b g) 59 M.De Kock ? T.Durcan 8 10. 2-25 MISTER FASLIYEV (7y b g) 59 E.Charpy ? S.Gorey (1.5) 9 11. 4-30 TRUST N DUSTAN (4y ch g) 57 D.Watson ? F.Jara 12 12. -625 SAHARA SPHINX (6y ch h) 55 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 14 13. -322 CLASP (7y ch g) 54 D.Watson ? K.Latham 2 14. -112 LUCKY RAY (5y b h) 52.5 D.Watson ? D.O'Donohoe 11 15. 1-31 DIG GOLD (5y ch g) 52 D.Selvaratnam ? W.Buick 13

9.30pm AL DANA INVESTMENT 1,200m (TB) Handicap (0-105) Dh 300,000 1. 033- TRINITY COLLEGE (5y ch h) 62 M.De Kock ? K.Latham 4 2. 010- DRIFT ICE (7y b g) 61 M.De Kock ? K.Shea 8 3. -331 EKHTIAAR (5y b g) 60 A.Al Raihe ? R.Hills 5 4. 0-50 SALAAM DUBAI (7y b g) 59.5 A.Selvaratnam ? R.Mullen 9 5. 213- FORCE FREEZE (4y db/br g) 59 D.Watson ? F.Jara 2 6. 4-02 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS (6y b g) 59 R.Bouresly ? R.Burke 12

7. 50-2 SEA HUNTER (7y b h) 58.5 A.Al Raihe ? R.Ffrench 10 8. 000- HAMMADI (4y b c) 58 D.Watson ? D.O'Donohoe 13 9. 301- KAL BARG (4y b c) 58 M.Bin Shafya ? A.Ajtebi 3 10. 221- FIRESTREAK (4y b g) 57.5 M.Bin Shafya ? J.Rosales 14 11. 40-0 MALAYEEN (6y br h) 57.5 A.Selvaratnam ? T.O'Shea 6 12. -211 JAASOOS (5y ch g) 55.5 D.Selvaratnam ? W.Buick 15 13. -062 VALIANCE (5y ch g) 55 M.De Kock ? T.Durcan 7

14. -122 MASQUERADER (7y ch g) 53 M.Al Muhairi ? W.Smith 11 15. -060 POWER POLITICS (6y b h) 53 M.Al Muhairi ? A.Nicholls 1 Selections 7.00pm Ahel - Murawih 7.30pm Moonquake - Save The Secret 8.00pm Step In Line - Ragad 8.30pm Brave Tin Soldier - Skywards 9.00pm Dynamic Saint - Singing Poet 9.30pm Force Freeze - Salaam Dubai