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The Super Saturday is always a fantastic card with a couple of Group 1 races & the rest are either Listed or Group 2/3 races, so a real high quality calibre card for us to get our teeth into…
Charlie – 12.00 Al Bastakiya Listed Stakes
This is the middle leg of the UAE Triple Crown ran on dirt over 1m 1f and 110y.
Selection – Panadol – Won here on debut on the 13th of February when handing Endifaa a 7 and 3/4 length defeat. Although is drawn wide today has the speed and stamina to get a good position and stamp his authority on this race, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of El Patriota who has 4 wins from last 5 runs.
2.55 – Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3
Selection – Hypothetical – Has won twice in last 4 starts, latest victory came here on the 18th February when beating Bright Start by 3/4 of a length over 1m. Today’s race is over 1m 2f and the extra yardage shouldn’t be a problem for Hypothetical, biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Salute The Soldier who has won twice in last 5 starts.
2.55 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3
Thegreatcollection narrowly failed to reel in Salute the Soldier in Round 2 last month, and they face off again this afternoon. There is every reason to believe this slightly longer trip can reverse the form here, given the winner was all out at the line. Thegreatcollection has held his form extremely well over recent years, rarely running a bad race at Meydan; he looks ready for this 10f test and a first Grade 1 win in what doesn’t appear a strong renewal.
3.30 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint
I tipped up Final song here a month ago as I felt she was in definite need of a step back to 6f. She ran well for a long way, finishing 2nd off a mark of 104 at decent odds. This will no doubt require more, but she meets Man Of Promise on much better terms here, while the 4lb fillies allowance gives her an edge on most of the field. It’s no surprise to see Frankie Dettori remain loyal and she should go well at the current each-way price.
1:10 – Mahab Al Shimal (G3) – Selection: Canvassed
A field of 13 go to post for this 6f Group 3 and it’s definitely one of the more open races on today’s card. I like the chances of recent C+D winner Canvassed to go in again. Doug Watson’s charge has improved on each of his four starts here in Dubai and last time out registered a smooth win over many of today’s opposition in a handicap. This is a step up in class but I don’t hold any fears about that to be honest. Canvassed is still quite unexposed and that could be the key here. He has been drawn in stall 12 which isn’t great but I think he has the class to overcome it. There is some time to get into a decent position before the top bend. If Canvassed has progressed further since his last race then he must be the one to beat here. Alkaraama is one who got nick a place at a big price.
2:55 – Al Maktoum Challenge (G1) – Selection: Thegreatcollection
The second of the Group 1 contests and this one has an open vibe to it with many in with solid looking chances. Thegreatcollection has been hitting the proverbial crossbar lately with two close seconds at the Carnival lately. Last time out he found Salute The Soldier just too strong but I am confident that he can overturn that form as there was only a length in it. Just like round 2 of the Maktoum Challenge I don’t see there being much in this. Thegreatcollection is running very well right now and the step up another half furlong looks to be to his liking. He will give you a good run for your money. Of the rest, I like Secret Ambition as a big danger and Dubai Mirage for the home team could be worth an e/w punt.
2.20 Jebel Hatta – Turf – Group 1 – 3yo Plus – 1m 1f….
AL Suhail – Dubawi X Shirocco Star 4yo colt.
Last seen in July 2020 at Newmarket in the 1m Sir Henry Cecil Listed Stakes, beating Happy Power by 6 lengths, having finished a 22 length 14 0f 15 in the 2000 Guineas behind Kameko in June. Top Rated 113.
3.30 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint – Group 3 – 3yo Plus – 6f….
Royal Crusade – Shamardal X Zibelina 4yo colt.
Runner up in the 2019 6f Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster behind Threat. Beaten 6 & 1/4 lengths by Golden Horde in the 6f Group 1 Commonwealth Cup on season return in June 2020 before ending the season by winning the 6f Group 3 Prix De Ris-Orangis in Deauville back in July. Returns after 237 days & is rated 109.
The TOP RATED 110 is Acklam Express, who was runner up to Equillateral over 5f here on February 18th in the Group 2 Meydan Sprint Cup & now steps up in trip
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