Youm Mutamiez seeking fifth Jebel Ali victory
Preview: UAE, Friday
Jebel Ali dirt, first race 10.15am
YOUM MUTAMIEZ, who posted a fourth career course success over seven furlongs a fortnight ago, is one of five winners from that meeting in action again at this Friday's Jebel Ali meeting.
Trained by Musabah al Muhairi, for whom he was one of four winners on the card, he will be ridden as usual by stable jockey Wayne Smith, himself in treble form two weeks ago.
The horse is seeking a fifth Jebel Ali victory and faces eight rivals in a 6f handicap, a trip he was well-beaten over on his sole previous attempt, but Smith said: "We lost our chance at the start on that occasion and he has plenty of natural speed so the drop in trip should not be an issue."
The Doug Watson-trained Kilt Rock is another seeking a fifth course victory and boasts two wins over course and distance, as well as being second in the race Youm Mutamiez was beaten in last year.
He completed a four timer last year and should go well but he was just behind United Color over this course and distance when the pair were second and third behind another Al Muhairi course specialist, Russian Rock, on his most recent start.
Dhruba Selvaratnam trains United Color on the track and he was a close third behind Youm Mutamiez over the extra furlong at the previous meeting.
The Al Muhairi-trained Special Boy and Suited And Booted, who clash in a 1400m handicap, were also winners at the last meeting. Stable jockey Smith sticks with the latter on whom he won over course and distance last time, while Adrie De Vries retains the ride on the stable companion who won a 6f handicap on the same day.
Smith said: “Both should run well and we also have Hannibal Hayes in the race who should go close also.”
The Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained Latkhaf, won a course and distance maiden two weeks ago and is in the same race.
Meanwhile, Periphery, who opened his account on the same card in a 1m1f handicap, steps back to a mile to face nine rivals in the first of five thoroughbred races.