Ramadhan Hoping Rebel Can Continue Trainer's Abu Dhabi Winning Streak

The Thoroughbreds take centre stage when racing returns to Abu Dhabi on Sunday when 13 have been declared for a 1400m handicap, the final race of six on the card and in which the weights are headed by Expressionist under Richard Mullen.

A 4-year-old Night Of Thunder gelding now trained by Satish Seemar for Elbashir Salem Elhrari, he arrives having won once, on his juvenile debut in a 1000m novice stakes, for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin in May 2019. Clearly held in some regard, his other two juvenile appearances were at Royal Ascot and a Listed race at Sandown after which he was gelded. He ran just once last year, in early February, failing to fire in a 1200m handicap on his sole all-weather appearance.

Assistant trainer, Bhupat Seemar, said: “He has only been with us since late last year and we hope is a nice new horse for the yard. He has been going nicely at home so we hope can run well but will improve for the outing.”

Jaber Ramadhan saddles Rebel Streak, the mount of Fabrice Veron and hoping to go one better than when chasing home stable companion Nayslayer over the same course and distance three weeks ago. A 6-year-old gelded son of Dark Angel, Veron’s mount is seeking a first UAE victory on what will be his 12th local start, but he is clearly in great heart after that previous effort and his trainer is seeking a third Thoroughbred winner in the capital this season.

Ramadhan said: “We have had two winners and a second from just five Abu Dhabi runners this season and are hoping Rebel Streak can add to that good run, especially as he has a better draw that last time.”

Local debutant Alkhat is a fascinating contender for Erwan Charpy on what will be just a fourth career start for the 4-year-old having won once, a 1400m all-weather maiden at Wolverhampton on his middle start last June for John Gosden. Homebred by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, his third start in Britain was his only turf outing, a somewhat disappointing fifth at Doncaster. He has been gelded subsequently.

A course and distance winner for Helal Alalawi, beating 15 rivals, last February, Greeley is back with the trainer after one outing, at Jebel Ali a month ago, for Kareem Ramadan. Conditions obviously suit the 5-year-old Sir Prancealot gelding who will be having his first start in the ownership of the National Stables, the name of Alalawi’s Al Ain base.
Of the earlier five Purebred Arabian contests, the opening 2200m handicap is arguably the best with the capacity field of 14 due to face the starter.

Onward has been in great form this season, as has the vast majority of his trainer Abdallah Al Hammadi’s string, winning his only Abu Dhabi appearance of the campaign, a handicap over this course and distance, followed by a second, then a third, on dirt at Al Ain.

Jean de Roualle and Richard Mullen are always a pairing to respect in this sphere and they team up with Waadh, without a win in his six previous UAE outings but runner-up in half of his four attempts over this 2200m at Abu Dhabi.

For Alalawi and Abu Dhabi Racing, Pat Cosgrave landed a maiden over this course and distance aboard Zalman on his latest start, three weeks ago and the pair will bid to follow up in this stronger company. He was a long way behind Onward when that rival won on their seasonal debuts.

Tadhg O’Shea rides AF Al Baher for his main employer, Khalid Khalifa Al Nabooda and the Champion Owner’s principal trainer, Ernst Oertel. Five times a winner on dirt, it will be just a second turf outing for the 8-year-old and first since February 2018 when he was well beaten over Sunday’s track and trip.