Ghost Army made all and just held on when tackling 1m3f in a maiden here last month so today's shorter trip should be in his favour. Al Murqab beat subsequent winner She's No Joke at Leopardstown in November and, as the latter in now rated 77 and was receiving 5lb, Doug Watson's charge has to be on the shortlist. Triple Wolverhampton winner Grilletto looked to be on his way back to form at the new racecourse at Al Ain a fortnight ago but Kahruman blotted his copybook with a poor run when fancied at Jebel Ali last Friday. North Pole was a moderate handicapper for Sir Mark Prescott and was well beaten at Jebel Ali in January but ART WAVE has been running well enough at Jebel Ali since arriving from Marco Botti's yard and is handed the vote off a lenient mark.
Ghost Army (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) won at Meydan(UAE) 1m 3f mdn stks in Feb beating Earth Tour (8-9) by hd, 11 ran.
Al Murqab (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden early straight and headway to challenge 1f out, led over 100 yards out and kept on well, won at Leopardstown 1m 1f mdn stks sft in Nov beating Shes No Joke (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Fadhaa (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) 5th of 14, 1l behind Mutual Force (8-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp in Feb.
Grilletto (USA) (9-2) 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Jeeraan (9-6) at Al Ain(UAE) 1m hcp in Feb.
Journalistic (USA) 8-1 (9-0) last of 16, well behind Enery (9-5) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 7f hcp in Dec.
Commander Cave (USA) 33-1 (9-3) last of 16, 39l behind Ormindo (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp (2yo+) in Dec.
Mizbah (8-4) 7th of 14, 6l behind Jeeraan (9-6) at Al Ain(UAE) 1m hcp in Feb.
Mushaakis (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) 10th of 14, 6l behind Mutual Force (8-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp in Feb.
Shamekh (GER) (8-8) 9th of 12, 22l behind Need To Know (9-1) at Al Ain(UAE) 1m hcp in Jan.
Kahruman (USA) 9-4fav (8-8) 5th of 9, 11l behind Ennobled Friend (9-2) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m mdn stks.
North Pole 12-1 (9-5) 14th of 16, 26l behind Firstknight (9-2) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 7f hcp in Jan.
Canary Wharf (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) 8th of 12, 17l behind Henry Clay (9-5) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m 1f hcp in Jan.
Art Wave (IRE) 9-2fav (8-6) 4th of 16, 1 1/4l behind Touch Gold (8-13) at Jebel Ali(UAE) 1m hcp in Feb.
Bircham (IRE) (8-12) last of 13, 34l behind Centrifugal (9-1) at Al Ain(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.
Devdas (IRE) (8-3) 9th of 13, 10l behind Centrifugal (9-1) at Al Ain(UAE) 1m 1f hcp.