Watson looking forward to War Monger debut
Preview: UAE, Friday
Jebel Ali: Dirt, 11.30am GMT
JEBEL ALI stage its first fixture of 2010 on Friday afternoon with an all thoroughbred six-race card highlighted by a 7f conditions race in which War Monger, with an official rating of 113, is thought to become the highest-rated horse to ever grace the Jebel Ali dirt.
Doug Watson: trains War MongerPICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
Makinghis local debut for champion trainer Doug Watson, the six-year-old has not been seen on a racecourse since finishing seventh to Goldikova in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Mile.
Watson also saddles Dubai Carnival regular Green Coast and high-class sprinter Barbecue Eddie and is expecting a positive show fro m all three, he said:
"All three are well and War Monger is obviously a horse we have been looking forward to running. Green Coast made a very pleasing reappearance and we have been wanting to try Barbecue (Eddie) over this trip."
Tadhg O'Shea rides War Monger because owner Sheikh Hamdan's first jockey Richard Hills has elected to ride Aamaaq, trained by Ali Rashid Al Raihe.
Hills, making his seasonal reappearance, said: "The horse won well last time and conditions clearly suit. The yard have been in great form and it is nice to be back in action after a great UK campaign."
Richard Hills: back in actionPICTURE: Mark Cranham
Otaared (Dhruba Selvaratnam/William Buick) has to concede weight to his 11 rivals after an impressive course and distance victory on his UAE bow, though he has been beaten since. Lightly-raced, he looks open to progress.
Elsewhere on the card, South African trainer Mike De Kock has his first runners of the campaign with both Boss Professor and Jodi taking their chance in a 6f conditions contest. Stable jockey Kevin Shea partners the latter.
De Kock said: "We are on a bit of a learning mission as they are new horses for a new owner. It will be nice to get a couple on the track and we are looking forward to the Carnival."