Domestic action takes centre stage at Meydan
Preview: UAE, Friday
After the excitement of last week's Super Saturday, it is back to the domestic season for the final time this campaign at Meydan this Thursday evening with a six-race card, all on the Tapeta, highlighted by a 6f handicap in which Muarrab will be strongly fancied to follow up his Jebel Ali victory of last Friday.
He is one of three runners in the race for trainer Musabah Al Muhairi and Paul Hanagan again rides for his main employer Sheikh Hamdan and the jockey said: "That was a good win last time on only his second start in the UAE and he was probably a bit unlucky on his local debut.
"He has won on a similar surface in Europe and he should go very close."
Stable companion Discoverer, under stable jockey Wayne Smith, looks a danger.
Champion trainer Ali Rashid Al Raihe has four in the race of which Innocuous, the mount of stable jockey Royston Ffrench, looks his main hope but it could be that the Satish Seemar-trained Dubai Iconic is the main danger to Hanagan's mount.
Now five, he was unraced until the first Meydan meeting of the season, in early November, when making a winning debut in a 7f maiden and he won over that same course and distance on his most recent start, having suffered three respectable defeats in the interim - two over a mile.
Stable jockey Richard Mullen said: "He is a horse we have always liked and he has done little wrong. This will only will be his sixth outing and the drop to six will hopefully really suit him."
The following 1m3f handicap is of a similar quality with recent course and distance maiden winner Midnight Moon, the mount of champion Jockey Tadhg O'Shea, receiving weight from all his 11 rivals and O'Shea, riding for Abdulla bin Huzaim, said: "His maiden win has worked out well as I was second on that occasion on a filly called Queen Of Alba, who runs in the last race here, and we landed the maiden at Abu Dhabi On Sunday.
"I am hopeful of a big run in this much better race."
Doug Watson saddles three of the main dangers with Pat Dobbs and Dr Faustus perhaps holding the most serious claims over stable companions Udabaa and Mantoba.
Watson said: "All three have been running well but if I had to pick one it would be probably be Dr Faustus who has been in good form."
Al Raihe and Ffrench combine again with Ukranian, a course and distance winner in a similar race last time.