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Kieren Fallon

Kieren Fallon is looking forward to riding Mulaqat at Abu Dhabi on Sunday

  PICTURE:Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Fallon replaces Buick in Abu Dhabi handicap

Preview: UAE, Sunday 3pm GMT

Abu Dhabi turf

KIEREN FALLON replaces William Buick, sidelined after his pair of falls at Meydan on Thursday, on top-weight Mulaqat for trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam in the 1m handicap, the only thoroughbredrace at Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Winner of the Listed Abu Dhabi Championship over 1m4f in 2008, Mulaqat has been performing well over this trip this season.

Fallon said: "It is a nice spare ride because he is the class horse in the race though the trip is obviously his minimum. The yard are going well so hopefully he can run a big race but it will not be easy giving weight all round."

Satish Seemar has made a great start to the season and saddles two likely sorts in the shape of Birbone, the choice of Richard Mullen, and Warriors Key, a course-and-distance winner early this year who will be partnered by apprentice Harry Bentley.

Champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe is also doubly represented with stable jockey Royston Ffrench riding Vito Corleone with Ahmed Ajtebi on stable companion Go Country.

Izaaj (Mubarak bin Shafya/Pat Cosgrave) and Marching Time (Doug Watson/Richard Hills) look best of the rest.

 
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