Jay PegJay Peg (mikedekockracing)Group 1 winner Jay Peg is the headline attraction at the third meeting of the 2008 Dubai International Racing Carnival on Thursday, sponsored by DUBAL.

The South African champion is one of 10 lining up for the feature race on the turf, the Group 3 Al Rashidiya, over the same 1777m trip as the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night.

“The main race on Thursday night should provide some valuable clues to the Dubai Duty Free,” said Dubai Racing Club CEO Mr Frank Gabriel Jr.

“The Carnival, as well as being a leading international event in its own right, is designed to reveal stars who can shine at the Dubai World Cup meeting.

“The first meeting saw Happy Boy stamp his credentials for a Dubai World Cup place, and he is set to be joined in the world’s richest race by Asiatic Boy, who was also impressive when taking last week’s feature race.

DUBAL has been a long-time partner of the Dubai Racing Club, and sponsored a meeting at the Winter Racing Challenge earlier in the season. We are grateful as ever for their enthusiasm and support of racing in Dubai.”

The Herman Brown-trained Jay Peg heads the weights of the main race, courtesy of his Group 1 penalty, and his trainer has his sights set firmly on the US$5million Dubai Duty Free, sponsored by Dubai Duty Free, on March 29.

“Obviously his penalty makes his task harder but he was the top three-year-old at home last year and has a lot of class,” said Brown. “We hope he is a Dubai Duty Free horse and will find out a lot more here. He will come on for the outing but should be fit enough to run a big race.”

It is the four-year-old’s first run for Brown, having previously been trained by Basil Marcus. Brown won this race with Linngari in 2006 on his first start for the yard.

Extract form SAHorseracing.com