Evenly-Matched Field Set for Jebel Ali Sprint

Sixteen runners will square off in the listed Jebel Ali Sprint on March 11.

A field of 16 sprinters are set to square off in the listed $136,108 Jebel Ali Sprint that will be contested March 11. The five-furlong dash will be run on a straightaway over the main dirt course at Jebel Ali Racecourse.

Force Freeze enters the Jebel Ali Sprint off of good third-place finish to Bankable in the Mahab Al Shimaal Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-III) on March 3. The race will be the first time that the son of Forest Camp has run on dirt since March 2009, when he finished fifth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I). Kieren Fallon will ride Force Freeze for trainer Doug Watson.

Glorious Gift captured the local prep for the Sprint on Feb. 25, and hopes to find the winner’s enclosure once again. In that prep race, the 6-year-old son of Elnadim defeated Effort and Blue Sky Basin, who he will face once again. Wayne Smith will ride.

Last year’s winner, Terrific Challenge, is set to defend his title and will be ridden by Richard Mullen. The son of Royal Academy returns to his favorite dirt course, where he’s had two strong second-place finishes so far this season. The 9-year-old horse most recently finished tenth to Dynamic Blitz in the Al Shindagha Sprint Sponsored by Etisalat (UAE-III) on Feb. 3.

$136,108 Jebel Ali Sprint (listed, race 3, 6:15 a.m. EST), 3yo & up, 5 furlongs, dirt. All carry 123 pounds.
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1. Atlantic Sport (KY), K. Shea, M. de Kock
2. Blue Sky Basin (GB), G. Hind, R. Bouresly
3. Classic Blade (Ire), P. Dobbs, D. Watson
4. Dohasa (Ire), T. Durcan, I. Mohammed
5. Effort (GB), J. Rosales, A. bin Huzaim
6. Force Freeze (KY), K. Fallon, D. Watson
7. Frosty Secret (FL), B. Fayd’Herbe, M. de Kock
8. Glorious Gift (Ire), W. Smith, A. Al Shamal
9. Lamh Albasser (KY), C. Sandoval, A. bin Huzaim
10. Mujaazef (GB), R. Hills, A. Al-Raihe
11. Russian Rock (Ire), R. Ffrench, M. Al Muhairi
12. Seachantach (KY), H. Bentley, S. Seemar
13. Sir Gerry (KY), T. O’Shea, D. Watson
14. Spin Cycle (Ire), L. Dettori, S. Seemar
15. Star Crowned (KY), R. Burke, R. Boursely
16. Terrific Challenge (KY), R. Mullen, S. Seemar