Ghaamer won a course and distance handicap a month ago, when the lightly-raced Ostaad wasn't far behind, and ran well in a better race on Turf last time. Jamhoori has a similar profile and appeared to find 7f too short last time after his earlier course and distance success. However, he was behind MUSADDAS in that latter race and Saeed bin Suroor's charge, who was making his handicap debut, stayed on strongly after missing the break and can go one better. The lightly-raced Chequers was also in that race and ran well enough to consider. Touch Gold won twice for Sir Henry Cecil in 2012 and arrived here on a lowly mark which he took advantage of two weeks ago. He's only gone up 5lb and with his young rider claiming 7lb he looks to have every chance of completing a quick double. Puzzlemaker beat subsequent winner Waahy in a maiden here in December but will need to make further progress in this much tougher race.
Swinging Sixties (IRE) (8-13) 9th of 12, 21l behind Inthar (8-9) at Abu Dhabi(UAE) 1m 4f hcp gf in Jan.
Filfil (USA) 12-1 (9-1) 13th of 15, 20l behind Shaishee (8-8) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.
Ghaamer (USA) 9-1 (8-9) 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Jawhar (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp std in Jan.
Jamhoori 20-1 (9-1) 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Mundahesh (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.
Ostaad (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) 4th of 13, 3l behind Ghaamer (8-7) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp in Jan.
Puzzlemaker (USA) 11-2 (9-6) won at Meydan(UAE) 1m mdn stks in Dec beating Waahy (9-5) by ns, 14 ran.
Musaddas 7-2 (8-13) 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Mundahesh (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.
Toolain (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Mundahesh (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.
Chequers 12-1 (9-3) 5th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Jamhoori (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp in Jan.
Darkening (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) 9th of 14, 5l behind Mundahesh (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.
Somalian (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) 11th of 16, 12l behind Ducab (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp in Jan.
Touch Gold (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) won at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp in Jan beating Bravo Ragazzo (9-0) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Dairam (USA) .