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Willie Supple

Jockey Willie Supple: trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam turns to his old ally

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Supple bids to open UAE account with Yasoodd

Preview: UAE, Sunday 3.30pm GMT

Abu Dhabi 7f
YASOODD  (Dhruba Selvaratnam/Willie Supple) will again attempt to open his UAE account in the sole thoroughbred race at Abu Dhabi on Sunday evening.

With William Buick sidelined, Selvaratnam turns to his old ally Supple on the eight-year-old who never runs a bad race on turf and deserves a change of luck.

Selvaratnam said: "He is in good form but we have a bad draw again out wide. The horse is far better on turf and Carnival-qualified but we would love to win a race with him – we have been trying for over three years. He is so consistent though which does not help with the handicapper."

Sharing top-weight with Selvaratnam's charge is Yirga (Ali Rashid Al Raihe/Royston Ffrench) who has yet to run on grass in the UAE but won at both Thirsk and Sandown for Godolphin in 2009.

He won at Jebel Ali on his UAE debut and has yet to run a bad race in defeat. Ffrench said: "It is a decent little race but he is in good form and we have to be hopeful."

Bab Al Bahrain (Rashed Bouresly/Erhan Yavuz) is one of the Kuwaiti trainer's main hopes and he said: "We are aiming at the Carnival with him and his best form is on the Abu Dhabi turf."

His previous visits include a defeat by Montmorency (Satish Seemar/Richard Mullen) who arrives here on a hat-trick having won at Meydan and Sharjah. Mullen said: "He is so versatile and has been in great form. He is just about rated high enough for the Carnival but a good run would help."

Dr Smart (Musabah Al Muhairi/Kieren Fallon), Tagseed (Al Muhairi/Wayne Smith) and Marching Time (Doug Watson/Richard Hills) are others who cannot be ignored in a very open contest.

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