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Today is the 1 mile Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster, it’s Dubai World Cup night in Meydan & the Irish Flat season kicks off this weekend at the Curragh – Plus there is National Hunt racing from Kelso & Stratford
The lads are back after a week off, although we have released a Podcast with our friend @AidanOBrienFanSite, in which we talk about some horses to follow from Ballydoyle & COMING SOON is a Galileo Podcast Special, on the legendary horse, who as a sire has changed the racing landscape.
Regarding our Cheltenham coverage, it’s safe to say that Charlie & Jamie walked all over Rich & Chris, so congrats to them for a brilliant 4 days!
2.25 SBK Spring Mile Handicap
Selection – General Lee – 4 year old Colt out of Lope De Vega and Hall Hee. Has had 9 career starts winning twice, the wins have came at Windsor on the 19th July last year when beating Future by 1 length. Won again at Goodwood on the 28th August beating Sky Power by 2 and 1/2 lengths. Although those wins came on Good to Firm Ground, has ran on Good to Soft and Heavy ground previously, finishing 3rd at Windsor on Heavy ground and Bath on Good to Soft Ground. Biggest threat to the selection comes in the shape of Empirestateofmind who hasn’t been out of the 1st 2 Places in last 5 runs of 2021.
3.35 SBK Lincoln Handicap
Selection – Mujtaba – 4 year old Gelding out of Dubawi and Majmu, has had 3 career starts and has won all 3, beginning with a 4 and 1/2 length victory over Rani of Jhansi on the 23rd August last year at Chepstow. Was sent to Chester for next run on the 25th September and won again beating Ciotog by 1 and 1/4 lengths. Was then sent to Redcar on the 25th October and won again beating Empirestateofmind by 2 and 1/4 lengths. Today will see Mujtaba have his 3rd jockey change with Cieran Fallon taking over from Dane O’Neil who was on board for last two victories after Jim Crowley was on board for his debut win. Biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Saleymm who won last 2 starts of 2021.
1.35pm Al Quoz Sprint Sponsored by Azizi Developments (Turf)
A competitive renewal with horses from all over the world lining up with realistic chances here. I’m siding with Suesa, who put up a stellar performance in the King George at Goodwood last summer before running well in top sprints at York and Longchamp. Her record first time out is a perfect 2/2 and seems versatile regarding pace and ground. Receiving 5lbs from her rivals today gives her leading claims of a maiden Group 1.
4.30pm Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Dirt)
The American raiders are here in force today and Hot Rod Charlie is my selection, who has been first past the post in 3 of his last 5 starts. He didn’t receive as positive a ride when only 4th in the Breeders Cup Classic, so it was pleasing to see those tactics return when an impressive winner of Round 2 of the Maktoum Challenge here last month. By all accounts trainer Doug O’Neill thought he’s improve a lot for the run so comes here with a huge chance if he can win the fight for the early speed, as he shouldn’t be wanting for stamina.
The Curragh –
1:25 – Castlefield Stud Irish EBF Maiden
Selection: Midnight Toker
The opening 2yo race of the Irish flat season has a familiar feeling to it with Ger Lyons and Jim Bolger fielding well regard contenders. I’m going to take the side of Midnight Token for the powerful Lyons & Keane combination. The son of Acclamation certainly has the pedigree for this 5f test being out of the mare Big Boned who has produced two winners over this trip. We all know that the Lyons stable can get one ready first time out as a 2yo and the market suggests that this €333,000 Guineas purchase from the Goffs Orby Sale is going to give his supporters a good run for their money. Jim Bolger’s Finsceal Go Deo is the main danger being by Kingman out of Champion mare Finsceal Beo.
3:55 – Dubai Sheema Classic (G1)
Selection: Alenquer (Each Way)
This looks to be a deep renewal of the 12f Sheema Classic with an open feel to it. Breeders Cup Turf winner Yibir faces a stiff task with multiple Japanese runners who command respect with their strong form at these big international meetings. At an each way price Alenquer makes appeal to me as this test should suit him down to a tee. Alenquer will relish the fast ground conditions today and with a good gallop seeming likely Tom Marquand can settle his mount just off the pace and gather for a charge down the Meydan straight. William Haggas sent Alenquer off for a prep run at Lingfield in the Winter Derby, where he saw off Lord North nicely staying on strongly over the 10f trip. This is a horse I like and I can’t see him being far away today if he can find more even more improvement. Step up in trip could be the key…
1.50 Cammidge Trophy Stakes – Class 1 Listed – 3yo+ – 6f 2yds
Mo Celita – Camacho X Asterism 4yo filly
Not seen since October 26th 2021 when finishing a 3 length 3rd in the Group 3 6f Chantilly Prix Seine et – Olse behind winner Egot. That was her 11th run since arriving from Ireland, her season in the UK started back in April 2021. The filly won her first 5 starts in this country, ranging from a Class 6 Seller to Class 4 Handicaps. She ran with credit in the Royal Ascot Class 2 Handicap, Palace of holyrodhouse Stakes. when only beaten a length in 5th. A rare poor run followed in the 6f Fillies’ & Mares’ Summer Stakes at York in July. The 4yo filly regained the winning thread in France, when landing the Deauville 6f Moonlight Cloud Listed Stakes by 3/4’s of a length in August. A 4th in the Prix Du Petit Couvert in September before finishing 4th in the Group 1 5f Prix l’Abbaye at Longchamp in October. She receives 5lb from the field & is 1 of only 2 4yo’s in the field. 5 wins & 1 place from 9 6f runs….
3.35 Lincoln Handicap – Class 2 – 4yo+ – 1m
I fully expect Mujtaba to land this race or certainly run in the first 3 but I am going for an Each Way play….
Rouge Bear – Kodiac X Rancho Montoyo 4yo gelding
The gelding has a win & place at this course in April & May last year & was given a break until September, when finishing 4th of 8 in an Ascot 7f Class 4 handicap before stepping up to 1 mile at Nottingham in October. The 4yo won back to back 1 mile Class 4 Handicaps at the course 3 weeks apart & hasn’t been seen since. Runs from a mark of 87 & carries just 8s 3Lbs on his back. Has plenty of scope for the season ahead & will be an improver to note. Hoping he takes a big step forward today – Each Way
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