x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Win or lose, No Risk al Maury will remain a contender

The winner of the first Purebred Arabian race at Meydan has the advantage of the venue in the upcoming Dubai Kahayla Classic.

DUBAI // He won the first Purebred Arabian race at Meydan Racecourse and now No Risk al Maury bids to claim the final contest of the 2010 Carnival at the new track. His victory in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round I, which got racing under way at Meydan Racecourse on January 28, delighted his trainer, Gillian Duffield. If he can claim the third instalment of the prestigious series tonight, No Risk al Maury will set himself up as a force to be reckoned with for the showpiece of Arabian racing, the US$250,000 (Dh918,250) Dubai Kahayla Classic on World Cup day.

Duffield, a four-time UAE Arabian champion trainer and current championship leader, said No Risk al Maury is destined for the Kahayla Classic whether he wins tonight or not. "He's definitely getting a run on World Cup day," said Duffield who was the handler responsible for the great Madjani's record-equalling three consecutive victories in the season-ending race. "He is in great shape. "He had a little rest after his last outing but he's been back in full training and doing very well."

No Risk al Maury, unsurprisingly after the way he won the opening race of the season, is the choice of owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid's jockey, Richard Hills. Kandar du Falgas is one that opposes Sheikh Hamdan's horse. He won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round I over eventual Kahayla Classic winner, Fryvolous, last season but could manage only fourth in the same race this time. Trained by Doug Watson, he is ridden by Tadhg O'Shea.

Jinad, the fleet-footed yet tricky customer from Saifaldin Deeb, will be expected to atone for an inconsistent run two weeks ago. He was the fastest-finisher in the race, but had metres of extra ground to make up after shying wide at the bend. William Buick is in the irons today. @Email:stregoning@thenational.ae