Jaasoos bids for repeat President's Cup win
Preview: UAE, Sunday
Abu Dhabi HH The President's Cup (Listed) 7f (turf)
THE only thoroughbred race at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening is the 7f Listed HH The President's Cup, the second pattern race of the season and Jaasoos (Dhruba Selvaratnam/James Doyle) bids to win the race for a second year running.
Now eight, the son of Noverre beat Escape Route (Satish Seemar/Richard Mullen) in this last year having finished second in the 1m National Day Cup, a race he won in both 2009 and 2010 and was again second in that race on his previous outing this year.
No horse has won both the National Day Cup and this race (in which he was also third in 2009 and 2010) twice and Selvaratnam said: "Obviously he goes particularly well at Abu Dhabi and ran very well behind a good horse in Derbaas last time. He is trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe as is First City who perhaps looks the biggest danger this time.
"Jaasoos has come out of his last run well and has been a great servant to the yard. He turns nine soon and owes us nothing."
Mullen's mount, also second in this race in 2010, dead-heated at Jebel Ali on his seasonal return and is a course and distance winner. The jockey said: "Seven furlongs at Abu Dhabi is ideal and we have a decent draw which is important there. It looks a decent renewal but we should at least be competitive and it would be fair to say he deserves a change of luck in this race!"
First City (Ali Rashid Al Raihe/Royston Ffrench) is penalised for her win in last season's Group 2 Cape Verdi Stakes victory at Meydan but the champion trainer has his string in great form and stable companion Garbah (Harry Bentley) is another to consider. She receives weight from her 10 rivals and arrives here on the back of a career best 6f handicap victory, under Bentley, on the Meydan Tapeta.
Iguaza Falls (Mubarak bin Shafya/Xavier Ziani) has two course wins to his name and is well drawn for one who likes to race prominently.
Old adversaries Marching Time (Doug Watson/Paul Hanagan) and Montmorency (Seemar/Pat Cosgrave) clash again after Seemar's charge registered a narrow victory over that rival in a 1m handicap here last March and was again in front of him in the National Day Cup last time.