Al Rashidiya, Meydan: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide

Saeed bin Suroor is responsible for three in the Al Rashidiya

The feature of Thursday's Meydan card, the Rashidiya is a Group 2 over ten furlongs. Timeform look at the contenders.

"Sharestan quickly progressed into a smart performer for John Oxx, and looks destined for better things judged on first start for this yard when comfortably winning trial for this. The one to beat again."

Sharestan quickly progressed into a smart performer for John Oxx, and looks destined for better things judged on first start for this yard when comfortably winning trial for this. The one to beat again.

Albaasil has few miles on the clock, doing well last year to finish second in a handicap and the Al Fahidi Fort at this track. Returning from a layoff here and jockey bookings suggest he may need it.

Aesop's Fables proved progressive for Andre Fabre, his best effort coming when successful in the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat on penultimate start. That wasn't the strongest race, however, and carries a penalty for that here.

Fanunalter is a tricky customer but good when he gets it right, as he showed when winning Summer Mile at Ascot on first run for this yard. Didn't show much behind Barbecue Eddie on return and best watched.

City Style proved better than ever last year, winning twice at Meydan and far from disgraced when third to Cityscape in the Dubai Duty Free. Ran as well as entitled to in England after and should give his running.

The Apache is a smart performer in South Africa for Gavin Van Zyl, winning a couple of Grade 1's in 2011 and every bit as good last year, not beaten far by Igugu on final start. Interesting contender.

Do It All has a patchy profile, returning to form when making all to win the Zabeel Mile last year. Well beaten otherwise and no surprise if he is in this as a sacrificial pacemaker.

Derbaas is a smart performer and has come back as good as ever this season, winning twice at Abu Dhabi. This race has more depth to it and better at 1m so enough reasons to oppose him.

So Beautiful progressed well in France last year, and made a pleasing start for this yard when chasing home Sharestan. Set plenty to do that day so should finish closer without reversing form.

Light Heavy won first 3 starts in Ireland last year, his winning run ending when third in the Irish Derby. Limitations rather exposed subsequently and will do well to threaten main protagonists in this.

Timeform 1-2-3
1. Sharestan
2. So Beautiful
3. The Apache

Timeform view: Sharestan was impressive when landing the trial for this and given he should have more offer, he is clearly the one to beat. So Beautiful is entitled to finish closer having been set too much to do when second to the selection last time and is the main threat once again whilst The Apache is an intriguing runner but may just need the outing.

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