MERHEE, a multiple Grade winner in South Africa on Turf, made a very encouraging debut over 6f on Tapeta last week where he led for most of the way before collared by Jamesie. With that under his belt and a shorter trip he can go one better. Masamah was a close third with the slow-starting Racy just behind in sixth and both should do better on this surface. Ahtoug has been raised 6lb for his winning effort three weeks ago when he just got the verdict over Hototo and today's reserve Desert Law with several of these rivals behind. Roicead was the closest of them in fourth and he's won subsequently while Take Ten and Monsieur Joe were reasonably close and will have benefited from the run. Dungannon was in superb form in the autumn winning three of his last four including a strong handicap at Doncaster on his final start. Medicean Man could prove a threat as he arrived here a year ago to land this from just 1lb higher so the lack of a run shouldn't be a concern. He was conceding My Propeller 5lb when beating him in a Listed contest at Haydock in June and is better off at the weights. Irish horses have been going well here so the lightly-raced Abstraction is one to keep an eye on.
Beat Baby (IRE) (9-4) won at Taby(SWE) 5f 3yo Listed stks (1) fbs in Sep beating Giant Sandman (9-4) by 3l, 9 ran.
Hitchens (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) last of 9, 10l behind United Color (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f 3yo Listed stks (1).
Roicead (USA) 7-2fav (9-6) won at Meydan(UAE) 6f hcp std beating Hattaash (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Ahtoug 6-1 (9-2) won at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp std beating Hototo (9-4) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Merhee (AUS) 4-1fav (9-6) 2nd of 14, 1l behind Jamesie (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 6f 3yo hcp 0-105.
Abstraction (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 2nd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Dutch Masterpiece (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Medicean Man 16-1 (9-1) Raced in far side trio, in touch, driven over 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, held near finish, 3rd of 15, 1/2l behind Steps (8-12) at Ascot 5f Listed stks 3yo (1) sft in Oct.
Alsaaeqah (SDA) Dynever mare out of Forante.
Fityaan 16-1 (9-6) 9th of 15, 7l behind Ahtoug (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp std.
Masamah (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Jamesie (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 6f 3yo hcp 0-105.
Monsieur Joe (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Ahtoug (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp std.
My Propeller (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) 11th of 15, 9l behind Ahtoug (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp std.
Seachantach (USA) 25-1 (8-12) 10th of 15, 9l behind Ahtoug (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp std.
Take Ten 20-1 (9-4) 5th of 15, 2 1/4l behind Ahtoug (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp std.
Dungannon 16-1 (8-7) Raced stand side tracked leaders, ridden to lead overall over 1f out, ran on, won at Doncaster 5f hcp (2) sft in Oct beating Hawkeyethenoo (9-8) by 1/2l, 19 ran.
Racy 14-1 (9-3) 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Jamesie (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 6f 3yo hcp 0-105.
Desert Law (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Ahtoug (9-2) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp std.