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We are building up to Dubai World Cup night & we have been blogging this meeting for a few weeks now, so many we are starting to lose count….
As always the lads have got together & we have another jammed packed blog of thoughts from Meydan……
4.15pm Nad Al Sheba Trophy
Ispolini hasn’t been in top form over the past 12 months, but he returns to the race he won in 2019 hoping to bounce back. He was beaten over 4 lengths by current market leader Volcanic Sky last time out, but that was a handicap and he gets an 8lb swing in the weights this evening. Stamina won’t be an issue and he gets William Buick up today, who is having a great time at the moment. He looks the play at the current prices.
4.50pm Dubai Millenium Stakes
I tipped up Star Safari a fortnight ago and he duly obliged in a 12f Carnival handicap, he is worth a try back over a trip where he broke the course record last season. It looks far from a top renewal this time around, with Star Safari bringing the best recent form in to the race. William Buick will be hoping it’s run at a decent clip and is able to pounce up the straight.
4:15 – Nad Al Sheba Trophy (G3) – Selection: Away He Goes
One of the warm up races for the Gold Cup on Dubai World Cup night and it appears the home team may have a worthy opponent here in the shape of Away He Goes. Ismail Mohammed’s son of Farhh has ran two crackers so far at the carnival. Last time out he improved to be a staying on second in a high class handicap won by Star Safari, while he had Brilliant Light who lines up against him today back in third. The step up two furlongs to 1m 6f could yield further improvement and Away He Goes appears to be thriving at the moment. Will the commentator be saying ‘Away He Goes’ in the straight? Can’t wait to find out.
4:50 – Dubai Millennium Stakes (G3) – Selection: Bedouin’s Story
It has to be said that this isn’t a vintage renewal of this Group 3. Charlie Appleby and William Buick are looking to make it back to back wins in this contest, won last year by the mighty Ghayyaith. The pair hold strong claims with recent winner Star Safari. However, like last week I am going to tip Bedouin’s Story for victory. Things didn’t go his way over a mile in a Group 2 last week when he get too far back off a steady pace. Judging from the way he is finishing his races, the step up to 1m 2f could well help him. He will have to prove his stamina however but im confident he will stay. This looks to be another good opportunity for Bedouin’s Story to register a win and he’s my nap for today.
5:25 – Meydan Challenge Handicap (Listed) – Selection: Fleeting Prince
The nightcap and boy is it competitive. You could really make a case for 6 or 7 horses here and the one I like is Fleeting Prince for Charlie Hills. It was a most pleasing reappearance when he was third here in the Dubai Sprint over 6f. He goes today over 7f and I think on this course it will help him to find a good rhythm. He stays the trip very well and is a very consistent horse and with James Doyle booked again he must have a say. Fleeting Prince can give you a good run for your money. Wasim, a recent c+d winner holds some e/w appeal to me.
3.05 (R2) – Turf Handicap – 3yo Plus – 1m 1f..
Dubai Mirage – Dubawi X Calipatria 4yo gelding.
Haydock winner in a 1m Class Handicap in August 2020 & made return here over 1m on January 28th in a Handicap, when finishing runner up to Bedouin’s Story by a nose. Up in trip…
4.15 Nad Al Sheba Trophy – Group 3 Turf – 3yo Plus – 1m 6f….
Volcanic Sky – Street Cry X Short Skirt 6yo gelding.
Had 2nd on February 4th over C&D having run over 1m 4f on return back on January 21st, when finishing 6th of 14. He now steps back up in trip to 1m 6f, where he ran over C&D to finish a 1/2 length runner up to Dubai Future in a Listed Class 1 Handicap. He has run 4 times over this distance & has finished 2nd on all 4 of them…. Is today the day he wins!
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