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Wednesday, January 16, 2005


Saeed bin Suroor attempts to saddle his fifth successive winner of the US$250,000 UAE 1,000 Guineas over 1,600 metres at Nad Al Sheba on Thursday evening - the sixth meeting of the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

Suroor, who has won every running of the UAE 1,000 Guineas since its inauguration in 2001, will be double handed on Thursday with Satin Kiss, the mount of Frankie Dettori, and the Kerrin McEvoy-partnered Promoted Deputy.

Satin Kiss, a full sister to the 1998 Middle Park Stakes (Gr.I) winner Lujain and to last Thursday's Carnival winner Botanical, won her maiden at Leicester in June before winning at Haydock. The daughter of Seeking the Gold's last run came when finishing fourth in a Salisbury Listed in September.

Promoted Deputy was a length winner of her only start when landing a 1,400 metre maiden on the dirt track at Lingfield in September. The daughter of Deputy Minister is bred to handle the dirt and should have no problem at Nad Al Sheba.

Clive Brittain, who saddled Menhoubah to finish second to Catstar in this race a year ago, runs the Mick Kinane-partnered Extreme Beauty. The daughter of Rahy's best career run came when finishing third to Jewel in the Sand in the Cherry Hinton Stakes (Gr.II) in July.

Satish Seemar saddles the Argentinean-bred Forty Greeta, the mount of Ryan Moore, who is making her Nad Al Sheba debut on Thursday. This smart filly has won all four of her career stars of which the last two wins came in Grade One races at Palermo Racecourse in Argentina.

Forty Greeta's most recent run was a four length win of the Estrellas Juvenile Fillies-Blaquier Stakes (Grade I) over 1,600 metres on the dirt. As a maiden Forty Greeta beat one of Thursday's challengers Queleden Candela, now trained by Jerry Barton, by five lengths at Argentina's San Isidro Racecourse in November 2003.

Queleden Candela, who will have Willie Supple in the saddle on Thursday, won the Estrellas Juniors Sprint (Gr.I) over 1,000 metres at Palermo last June and was third, beaten just over a length, on her first run in the Carnival on February 3rd.

On that occasion Queleden Candela was beaten by two of the runners she will face on Thursday, Mazin Al Kurdi's pair of Littletown Bridge, the mount of Richard Mullen, and the Ted Durcan-partnered Sun Sprinkles.

Jeremy Noseda, who won last weekend's UAE 2,000 Guineas (Gr.III) with Stagelight, bids for his second Classic win at the 2005 Carnival with Bibury Flyer, the mount of Eddie Ahern. The daughter of Zafonic finished seventh behind Littletown Bridge last time when having her first run on the dirt.

Mike de Kock runs his Grade II winner Royal Emblem, Weichong Marwing in the saddle, who was fourth to Littletown Bridge in the UAE 1,000 Guineas prep race earlier in the month.

Racing on Thursday begins at 6.30pm with the second round of the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Triple Crown for Purebred Arabians, sponsored by the UAE Equestrian and Racing Federation.

Kerbel Lotois, trained by Al Kurdi and ridden by Mullen, looks to be the pick with stable mate Prince Amin the likely danger.

Gerard Butler, who enjoyed his first Carnival win last week when Jack Sullivan landed the second round of the US$200,000 Al Maktoum Challenge (Gr.III), kicks off his evening with Prince Tum Tum in the US$120,000 Newmarket International Stakes over 1,600 metres on the dirt.

Prince Tum Tum, who like Jack Sullivan, is owned by the International Carnival Syndicate, had a couple of runs on the dirt in England in January including a win at Wolverhampton over 1,200 metres.

Doug Watson's Opportunist is looking for his fourth straight win at Nad Al Sheba and his third win of the Carnival. Opportunist, who will again be partnered by Supple, was an easy three and three quarter length winner over this course and distance on February 3rd.

Dangers to Opportunist look to be last week's winner Cherry Pickings, trained by Al Kurdi and the Daragh O'Donohoe-partnered Bo Bid. Kinane is aboard to Brittain-trained Bahiano, fourth over this course and distance to Seihali last weekend.

Al Shindagha Sprint (Listed) winner Estimraar be looking for another course and distance win in the US$175,000 Longchamp International Stakes over the straight 1,200 metre on the dirt.

Trained by Al Kurdi and ridden by Mullen, Estimraar made all in the Al Shindagha Sprint to win by three lengths from the Aditiyan Selvaratnam-trained Conroy, who will be in the line up again on Thursday with Frankie Dettori in the saddle.

Sushi-Bar, trained by Brazilian Fabricio Borges and ridden by Tiago Pereira, was an impressive winner of this course and distance on his Carnival debut and looks to have the class to go close here.

Noseda's Major's Cast a course and distance winner at the second Carnival meeting looks the pick in the US$110,000 Jagersro International Stakes over 1,500 metres on the turf.

Others in the race with a chance include the Brittain-trained Membership, a fast finishing runner-up last week on the turf and will again have the services of Kinane in the saddle.

Borges and Pereira team up with Kalibanos, winner of the Grande Premio Presidente Antonio Correa Barbosa (Gr.II) over 2,200 metres at Cidade Jardim Racecourse, in the US$120,000 Baden-Baden International Stakes over 2,000 metres on the dirt.

Roger Ingram is looking for back to back Carnival wins with the Nigel Day-partnered Boule d'Or in the US$110,000 Leopardstown International Stakes over 2,000 metres on the turf.

John Falstaff, trained by Borges, looks to have a great chance of lifting the final race of the evening, the US$110,000 San Siro International Stakes over 1,500 metres on the turf.

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