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We love getting our teeth in to a really nice racing card & this meeting is no exception… Yes we can go on about all the things that have happened in the country, but for us this is about racing and nothing more…..
One of the RICHEST racing cards in the world & there are plenty of fantastic horses on show, that you are unlikely to see in the same fields again until the Breeders Cup in November…..
Charlie – 2.45 Jockey Club local Handicap for 3yo+
Albathaly – Out of Mucho Macho and Abundance, won last time out when beating Emblem Star by 7 lengths back in January last year, if showing up in same mood can go in again here, biggest threat to the selection comes from Alnajim Albaaher who finished 3rd here last year.
4.10 Saudi Derby Sponsored by Al Rahij Bank
Cowan – Out Of Kantharos and Tempers Flair has had 7 races winning once and placing in the other 5 races. Was 2nd last time out at Oaklawn Park when beaten 10 and 1/4 lengths by Caddo River. Although hasn’t won since debut race when beating Sheriff Bianco by 2 and 3/4 lengths. If showing up in that kind of mood should be able to take this race at the expense of Rebels Romance.
5.40 The Saudi Cup –
Knicks Go – Out of Paynter and Kosmo’s Buddy has had 4 straight wins since February last year. The wins have came at Oaklawn Park, Keeneland and Gulfstream Park, Knicks Go has won 3 Grade 1 races including the Breeders Cup Mile and the Pegasus World Cup. If repeating that here can go in again but will need to keep Charlatan at arm’s length.
1:00 – Neom Turf Cup – Selection: Channel Maker
This is a contest I’m really looking forward to seeing. The English and Irish raiders bring strong form but by far the best form on offer is the Breeders Cup Turf 3rd Channel Maker. When you consider the gelding was beaten just a length by Tarnawa & Magical, well it really does catch the eye. I am a little surprised that Channel Maker isn’t favourite and so he represents some good value here I think for the punters. As long as he has taken the journey to Saudi well I’m sure he will be bang there in the final furlong. He will love the fast ground and has a good draw in stall 3.
5:40 – The Saudi Cup – Selection: Knicks Go
The richest race in the world has attracted some top drawer American horses and I’m very confident they will retain the trophy again. It looks to potentially be a head to head between Charlatan and Knicks Go, I am going to plump for Knicks Go on this occasion. Brad Cox’s son of Paynter is on a roll having won his last 3 races. The last two being the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile and the Pegasus World Cup last month. That Breeders Cup success showed that Knicks Go has plenty of pace whilst the Pegasus showed his stamina at this distance. He is improving all the time and has every chance of toppling the favourite, Charlatan. Tacticus & Bangkok appeal to me as possible each way bets.
1.00 – Neom Turf Cup – 3yo plus – 1m 2f 110yds…
Channel Maker – English Channel X In Return 7yo gelding.
Last seen in November at Keeneland when finishing 3rd to Tawnawa in the Breeders Cup Turf 1m 4f, having won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic 1m 2f Grade 1 on October 3rd & the 1m 2f Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga in August…
1.35 – 1315 Turf Sprint – 3yo Plus – 6f 110yds….
Space Blues – Dubawi X Miss Lucifer 5yo horse.
Not seen since winning the 6 & 1/2f Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest Stakes by 3/4’s of a length from Hello Youmzain in August & has been off for 195 days.
Progressed nicely last season, winning the Spring Trophy at Haydock on season return, followed by the Prix de La Porte Maillot Stakes Group 3 at Longchamp and the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Goodwood prior to his Group 1 win in France…..
2.10 Red Sea Turf Handicap – 3yo Plus – 1m 7f…..
Call The Wind – Frankel X In Clover 7yo gelding.
Winner of this race last season by 2 & 1/2 lengths from Mekong. Last seen in October when finishing 3rd by 1 length to Princess Zoe on Arc day in the Prix du Cadran having won the Group 2 Prix Kergorlay 1m 7f in August…
5.40 The Saudi Cup (Dirt) – 3yo Plus – 1m 1f….
There is plenty of UK interest in this race but all eyes will be on the US runners & 2 in particular….
Knicks Go – Paynter X Kosmo’s Buddy 5yo horse, who is the Pegasus Invitational Winner on January 23rd & also the winner of the Breeders Cup Big Ass Dirt Mile in November at Keeneland….And….
Charlatan – Spreightstown X Authenticity 4yo colt, who was last seen on December 26th winning the 7f Runhappy Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita from Express Train & is also the 1m 1f Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner & the one I prefer is CHARLATAN
Of the rest, I think Military Law – Dubawi X Mauve Blue 6yo gelding, who like Knicks Go has had a run when winning the Al Maktoum Challenge R1 Dirt on January 21st….
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