Sole Power: will be ridden by Ryan Moore for the first timePICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Rivals Sole Power and Shea Shea clash again
Preview: UAE, Saturday
AL QUOZ SPRINT candidate Sole Power has a new jockey when he tackles arch rival Shea Shea on a glittering under-card to the third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge on Super Saturday at Meydan.
The Eddie Lynam-trained King's Stand Stakes hero, second in the Hong Kong Sprint in December, has his first run since in the £105,000 Meydan Sprint (1.45).
With regular rider Johnny Murtagh retired, he will be partnered by Ryan Moore in his sixth battle with South African star Shea Shea, who beat him into fourth in last year's Al Quoz Sprint.
The score is 4-1 to Shea Shea, but a nose, head and neck is all that has separated them in their latest encounters.
Trainer David Marnane, represented in the Al Maktoum Challenge by Elleval, saddles recent Meydan winners Jamesie and He's No Saint in a bid to bolster his World Cup night team. Jamesie goes in the 6f Group 3 on Tapeta (2.25) and He's No Saint in the Listed 1m1½f on the same surface (1.30).
Marnane said: "He's No Saint has really bloomed since he's been out here. He's a powerful-looking horse now. We were delighted with his first win here and, although the trip and surface are unknowns, he does train well on Tapeta."
The UAE Derby is the aim for Damian Lavelle's three-year-old, while Marnane hopes Jamesie's performance will gain him a berth in the Golden Shaheen.
He said: "He has a few pounds to find but, like He's No Saint, he's put on a lot of condition out here and has really improved. He seems to show up at every fight and will do so again. I'd love to see him get into the Golden Shaheen."
His 16 rivals include the Michael Halford-trained Russian Soul, who beat him in a similar event last time out.
Godolphin have two runners in the closing Group 1 Jebel Hatta (4.45), notably Vancouverite, transferred from Andre Fabre's French operation to that of Charlie Appleby.
The trainer said: "We hope this can be a stepping stone for a potential run in the Dubai Duty Free on World Cup night. He'll improve for his seasonal return but we're confident he'll run a nice race."
Mount Athos, Battle Of Marengo and Soft Falling Rain are among the more familiar names on the hugely valuable card, while prolific winner Variety Club, trained in South Africa by Joey Ramsden, takes on Halford-trained hat-trick-seeker Eastern Rules in a Group 3 on Tapeta.