Al Sahem To Debut In Dubai Tonight

Al Sahem To Debut In Dubai Tonight

Al Sahem finishing a close second to winner Vodacom Durban July winner Marinaresco. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Vodacom Durban July runner-up Al Sahem makes his debut at Meydan this evening for Mike de Kock’s yard in the Gr2 Al Rashidiya over 1800m on turf, alongside stablemate Light The Lights, who won just recently.

Al Sahem hasn’t raced since he was touched off in the famous Durban race and Mike de Kock, quoted on his website,, said: “He’ll need it first up, but he’s doing well, we’re expecting a nice run from him. I’ve spoken to Sean Tarry about him, he’s not a horse that shows all that much at home, so the race will show us where we stand with him.

“I’ve left Christophe Soumillon on Light The Lights because he is in a good space, in form. We’ve got Pat Cosgrave on Al Sahem, we thought he got lost in the Deep Blue Sea but he’s showing his face in our stable again.

“I’d like to see good runs from both of them here.”

Janoobi (Jim Crowley) and Noah From Goa (Soumillon) will be lining up in the Gr2 Al Fahidi Fort, a race Mike has won many times in the last 15 years.

“Janoobi needed his first run here, he faded out but he’s improved and he’s well drawn. He can run strongly from the front so the race may suit him. If he gets away he may be hard to peg back.

“Noah From Goa impressed with his first run after a rest last time, he’s improved more and we’ll be looking for a forward run from him.”

Cosgrave rides the returning grey Liquid Mercury in a handicap over 2410m on turf – this one hasn’t raced for a year, he’s recovered from a pelvis operation and his action has changed because of that, he strides differently.  “He’ll come on with the run.”

Alareef, who was well beaten last week but stayed on steadily for second, should run another decent race in a handicap over 1200m on dirt, Saturday. He’s won over the course and distance twice in the last three seasons and has a chance again. “He’s a soldier and he’ll improve on last week,” Mike said.

SAF-bred’s to have won the Gr2 Rashidiya include The Apache and Vercingetorix.

SAF-breds racing tonight at Meydan:


Race 2             Al Rashidiya sponsored by Jebel Ali Port     1800m   7 runners   19h05/17h05

Horse 1   Drawn 1       Al Sahem (SAF)          Jockey  P Cosgrove   Trainer  M de Kock  rate 113

Sire      Silvano

Dam     Alderry

Horse 6  Drawn 6        Light The Lights (SAF)   Jockey  C Soumillon   Trainer  M de Kock  rate 112

Sire      Western Winter

Dam     First Arrival

Race 5             Al Fahidi Fort              1400m   9 runners    20h50/18h50

Horse 3   Drawn 3       Janoobi (SAF)   Jockey  J Crowley   Trainer  M de Kock   rate 110

Sire      Silvano

Dam     Shasta Daisy

Breeder   Maine Chance Farms

Horse 8   Drawn 8       Noah From Goa  (SAF)   Jockey: J Crowley   Trainer: M de Kock   rate 113

Sire      Tiger Ridge

Dam   Limerick

Race 7             Hamdan Bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal    2410m  12 runners   22h00

Horse 1   Drawn 4   Liquid Mercury (SAF)   Jockey  P Cosgrove   Trainer  M de Kock   rate 015

Sire      Trippi

Dam     Skip Poker

MEYDAN                   SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2018

Race 3             Mubadala Petroleum Trophy    1200m   10 runners    17h10/15h10

Horse 5   Drawn 3       Alareef (SAF)    Jockey: J Crowley   Trainer:  M de Kock  rate  89

Sire      Stronghold

Dam     Modraj

Race 5             Zayed Sports City Trophy       1400m   16 runners   18h20/16h20

Horse  1  Drawn 16     Mastermind (SAF)   Jockey  DO’Neill   Trainer: E Charpy   rate 97

Sire   Var

Dam   Model IQ


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