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Racing back at Meydan as season heats up

Preview: UAE
Meydan on Thursday

TWO valuable handicaps highlight the first Meydan meeting of the season, as racing returns to the UAE's flagship racecourse, providing Dubai World Cup Carnival hopefuls a chance to advertise their claims.

Kal Barg, a dual Carnival winner in 2010 but winless since, faces eight rivals in a 1m2f handicap, including Midnight Moon, winner of his two final course outings last season.

Champion jockey Tadhg O'Shea rides for trainer Abdulla bin Huzaim and the jockey said: "He was improving at the backend of last season and can hopefully continue to do so. He will need to because this looks his toughest task yet."

Satish Seemar saddles Moonlight Dash, another on the upgrade according to jockey Richard Mullen who said: "I really like him and he goes well on Tapeta and fast turf. It is a decent little race but he should go well."

The Musabah Al Muhairi-trained Interpret makes a quick reappearance, having been a disappointing favourite at Jebel Ali's opening meeting of the season last Friday. His jockey, former champion Wayne Smith, will be hoping for more luck at Meydan this season than he enjoyed during the last campaign when, quite remarkably, he failed to ride a single winner.

Smith said: "I am due a bit of good fortune at Meydan but the draws have not been kind this week. Interpret can hopefully benefit for a step up in trip this week."

Like Midnight Moon, Busker won his final two course starts last season and Mubarak bin Shafya's charge faces 11 rivals in a 1m handicap. Adrie de Vries rides and said: "He was in great form at the end of last season and proved his versatility as his previous wins were on dirt over further. He seems in good form."

Al Muhairi has two in the race with stable jockey Smith on Ramonti Flash and Dane O'Neill riding Mashaaref for his main employer Sheikh Hamdan who also has four other runners in the race. Seemar is another doubly represented with apprentice Marc Monaghan aboard Kaiss and Mullen on Antinori.

Tarbawi, third in Listed company on turf last season, will surely be hard to beat in the 7f maiden with De Vries riding for Bin Shafya.

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