Seven-race programme features four contests on turf
Recent Dubai World Cup Carnival winner Law Of Peace stars in a field of eight in the third edition of the Graduate Stakes, sponsored by Nakheel, the feature race at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday.
The 1600metre turf event is confined to horses purchased at the recent Racing In Dubai Sales. A three-time winner for trainer Bhupat Seemar and owner Naser Askar, AED120,000 purchase Law Of Peace reverts to the turf after winning a mile dirt handicap just last week.
His rivals include stablemate Bosphorus, a narrow winner of a turf maiden on local debut last time out, and the Ahmad Bin Harmash-trained First Winter, who drops in trip having run well in second over 2000metres last month.
“Law Of Peace is coming off a very nice win just last week,” said Seemar. “This race is maybe coming a bit quick, but it’s the end of the season so we thought we’d give it a go.”
Of Bosphorus, he added: “He won his last start, a maiden, which surprised us a bit as we thought it would be too short. We think he’ll appreciate the extra distance on Thursday.”
Musabbeh Al Mheiri saddles Law Of Nature who has his first start for the trainer having left Helal Alalawi.
“He’s just come to our stable and he’s a little bit weak, but he looks a nice horse,” said the Oasis Stable trainer. “He’s done most of his racing at Jebel Ali, where he also won once. This is a nice race, so we thought we’d take a chance and give him a first run on the turf here.”