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This is our 4th week of covering the Carnival in the lead up to the Dubai World Cup next month… Plenty of races today with the highlight’s a 5f Group 2 sprint, the UAE Oaks & Group 2 Zabeel Mile amongst the races on the card….
3.05 Meydan Turf Sprint Group 2 – This is quite an interesting race on paper, the fav Lazuli was 3rd here last time out when finishing behind Equilateral in the Dubai Dash. Equilateral won here last time out when beating Mutaraffa and Lazuli, although Frankie Dettori has opted to ride A’ali who is my selection here, A’ali has won 5 times from 10 race course starts and although hasn’t ran here before ticks a lot of boxes even though has 3lb extra to carry for today’s race.
Selection – A’ali
4.50 Zabeel Mile Group 2 – This is another interesting race on paper where D’bai tackles 1m for 1st time since 2017, in fact most of this field have questions to answer and has only one last time out winner in Bedouins Story who won here last time out after a 481 day absence. I feel D’bai will have too much class for this field and is my selection in a wide open race.
Selection – D’bai
3.05 Meydan Sprint
Lazuli was a little green on reappearance last month, only managing 3rd behind Equilateral. I’m backing this son of Dubawi to bounce back here with that run under his belt. Strictly on ratings he has produced his best effort of the season on his 2nd start as both a 2yo an 3yo, which bodes well for a strong run and a first success at this grade.
4.50 Zabeel Mile
D’bai has predominantly raced over shorter than this trip over the past 2 years, but has some solid form during his younger days over 8f which included a listed win and several placed efforts at that level. He ran on promisingly over 7f here 3 weeks ago which should set him up perfectly this evening, and strictly on ratings he must be bang there in what looks a slightly below par renewal.
4:15 – UAE Oaks (G2) – Selection: Mnasek
On all known form there isn’t a standout contender for this year’s UAE Oaks but it may well prove fruitful to stick with the UAE 1000 Guineas form. The runner up, Mnasek and third, Super Chianti clash again and I can see both going very well. It’s hard to see how Super Chianti can overturn that form so I am going to side with Mnasek. She was well beaten behind a very exciting Charlie Appleby inmate in Soft Whisper who won on the bridle. It looks the best form any horse brings into this race and I don’t see any stamina issues with Mnasek. She has obvious claims here and I am hopeful she can get her head in front here.
4:50 – Zabeel Mile (G2) – Selection: Bedouin’s Story
This Zabeel Mile is probably the best race that Bedouin’s Story has ever contested to date but I think he can take this step up in class well and be competitive. After a 481 day break Saeed Bin Suroor’s charge stormed home to narrowly win a handicap over C+D 3 weeks ago. It was some effort to win after such a long layoff and if he has come on for that run, then he holds every chance under the main man Frankie Dettori. Stall 2 shouldn’t be a problem as he is a hold up horse and at the current prices he represents good value. The son of Farrh should be right in the mix.
3.05(R2) Meydan Turf Sprint – Group 2 – 3yo Plus – 5f….
Waady – Approve X Anne Bonney 9yo gelding.
Left John Gosden in 2017 & has run 6 times over C&D since January 2018. He has 2 wins & 2 places from the 6 runs, with 2 of them i Class 1 company.
He won a C&D Handicap on February 13th 2020 before landing this race on February 20th 2020 from Equilatereal by 3/4’s of a length, despite being beaten by him in a C&D Listed race on January 23rd 2020. Has run in December & again last month on January 23rd, when finishing a 1 & 1/4 length runner up in a 6f Handicap to Switzerland & now drops back to 5f…
DANGER…. Lazuli – Dubawi X Floristry 4yo gelding.
Winner of the Newbury Group 3 5f World Trophy Stakes on September 19th by 1 length from Tiz Marvellous. Was off 124 days before finishing a 1 & 3/4 length 3rd to Equalilatereal in a C&D Listed Handicap on January 21st…
4.50(R5) Zabeel Mile – Turf Group 2 – 3yo Plus – 1m….
Velorum – Sea The Stars X Lily’s Angel 5yo gelding.
Winner of a 7f Handicap here in February 2020 after coming back from 252 day break having finished 26th of 28 in the Britannia Stakes, Class 2 1m at Ascot in 2019. Won a Class 4 at Newmarket & Class 5 at Yarmouth over 1m in May 2019.
Returned here over 7f in the Group 2 Al Fahld Fort Stakes on January 21st, 7 lengths behind the winner having been off for more than 300 days. Now returns to 1m….
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