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This is our 3 week of covering the Meydan Carnival, building up to World Cup night in March…
With the UK racing calendar hit by the recent inclement weather, we enjoy taking the time to look over the cards & give you our thoughts on the racing in the UAE as many British flat trainers send their horses over to prepare for the Flat season, which is literally just around the corner….

Charlie –

4.15 Al Maktoum Challenge (Group 2) Dubai Warrior – Out of Dansili and Mahbooba. Has won 6 times on the all-weather in the UK. Although not raced outside of the UK since September 2019 when finishing 7th over 1m 2f at Longchamp. Was an unlucky 3rd in a listed race at Lingfield on the 19th December when a neck and a nose separated the 1st 3 home. If handling the dirt today could spring a surprise with a similar display shown in last run at Lingfield.

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5.25 – Emirates Skywards Handicap Mutaraffa – Out of Acclamation and Excellent View. Was beaten a length and 1/4 by Dahawi at Jebel Ali on the 18th December 2020 over 6f. Most recently was 2nd again here on the 21st January when beaten a 1/2 length by Equilateral over 5f. With a similar display can go one better here in a very open looking Handicap.

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Jamie –

4:15 – Al Maktoum Challenge (G2) – Selection: Cappezano

It’s a wide open round two of the Maktoum Challenge over 1m 1 1/2f. I am taking a bit of a chance here on his recent form but I think it may be worth taking a chance on Cappezano. Form figures of 0-37 don’t inspire much confidence but if he rediscovers his best form then the 7yo gelding is right in the melting pot. Clearly something went wrong in the Saudi Cup last year when he finished stone last. He went too quickly up front three weeks ago and paid the price in the straight when weakening to seventh, yet still he wasn’t beaten a million miles. Perhaps a change of tactics and getting a lead of a horse could help him rediscover his mojo. He has got to have some sort of a chance. At a big price Quip could sneak into a place.

4:50 – Al Rashidiya Stakes (G2) – Selection: Zakouski

This is a smart little contest and the highlight for many on today’s carnival card. Lord Glitters banged in the Singspiel here three weeks ago and he will be hard to stop again. Although I am going to side with the home team in the shape of Zakouski, who was third behind Lord Glitters last time out when things fell the way of the grey horse. This time though with a smaller field and less of a pace angle today, it could perhaps play more to Zakouski’s strengths. Godolphin’s main hope also receives 3lbs today from Lord Glitters and I think he has a great chance of bagging a third win over C&D. This could well be the most tactical race we see today at Meydan.

Chris –

3.05 Emirates SkyCargo Handicap

Star Safari was well fancied on reappearance here a fortnight ago, but struggled to quicken with the leaders and had to settle for 3rd. There is hope that this step-up to 12f will see the son of Sea The stars in better light this evening. He has not been missed in the betting, but despite the high draw he looks more than capable of winning off this mark

4.50 Al Rashidiya Sponsored by Emirates.com

Like my colleague’s I’m all aboard the Zakouski train here. The potential for a less fiercely contested lead and a 3lb pull should see him reverse the form with Lord Glitters, who had things his own way last time out in the Singspiel.

Rich –

3.40 Conditions Stakes(Turf) – 3yo Only – 1m 1f 110yds…

Mystical Dawn – Sea the Stars X My Spirit 3yo colt.
Cost 500,000 Euros & has had 1 start. Newmarket, October 3rd 2020 in a 1m Class 4 Maiden, winning by 1/2 a length. Up in trip..
ONE TO WATCH in 2021

4.15 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 – Group 2 – Dirt(Fast) – 1m 1f 110yds…

Dubai Warrior – Dansili X Mahbooba 5yo horse.
6 wins & 2 places from 8 UK All Weather runs.
The 2020 Winter Derby winner was last seen finishing 3rd on December 19th 2020 in the 1m 2f Lingfield Listed Quebec Stakes to Sangarius by 1/4 of a length. Off for 54 days & now wears 1st time blinkers….

4.50 Al Rashidiya Group 2 Stakes (Turf) – 3yo Plus – 1m 1f…

Zakouski – Shamardal X O’giselle 5yo gelding.
Landed the Zabeel mile here last February by a neck from Mythical Madness. Ran 2 races in the UK in 2020, finishing 4th to Happy Power in the 1m Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on October 9th before landing the Dan Marshall Listed 1m Stakes at Newmarket on October 31st.
Beaten 3 lengths by Lord Glitters in the 1m 1f Singspel Stakes, Group 2 over C&D on January 21st. Now has 3lb on Lord Glitters, who carries a penalty…

That is everything for you today folks, we hope to see you at the weekend, if the UK racing gets the go ahead… Thanks for your support
STAY SAFE

All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team

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