Our former UK galloper Shamaal Nibris will open his season in Dubai tomorrow night at the famous Meydan Racecourse running first up over 1400 metres.

Unfortunately, he has drawn 8 of 10 so will need a little luck.

Trained by American trainer Doug Watson, he ran third at Listed level in Dubai at his last run in March this year.

How is this – of the 10 runners – 2 are owned by Sheik Maktoum and 6 are owned by Sheik Hamdan.