Saturday 31st March 2018
Dubai World Cup Day
Ive thoroughly enjoyed following the Meydan Winter Carnival this year from week to week i’ve had a blast writing the previews and selections each time.
It all comes to a head though this Saturday at Meydan with Dubai World Cup Day itself upon us. Many top drawer races are fit with star studded bills with some of the best flat racehorses from all around the world set to take each other on. It’s likely to be a tough card to find winners so just sit back and enjoy, here are my fancies.
12.45 – Godolphin Mile (Group 1) (2m)
The Godolphin Mile kicks things off on World Cup Day at Meydan a Group 2 contest ridden over a mile and it’s a fairly open contest.
Heavy Metal and Economic Model appear to be the ones to beat but I’m going to try and take them on with KIMBEAR. I’ve followed his progress at Meydan this season and he beat Heavy Metal the last day. He’s got a tough draw this time around though however he’s a decent price to chance at around 7/1.
KIMBEAR – 7/1 (E/W)
1.50 – Dubai Gold Cup (Group 2) (2m)
The Gold Cup is the second race on the card at Meydan on this star studded bill a Group 2 contest this time ridden over the two miles.
Lots of these face off against each other again and are all capable of big performances on their day none more so than the likes of Big Orange. However I am going to side with VAZIRABAD again. It’ll take a big performance to turn the tables with Rare Rhythm following the result between the pair the last day but he’s more than capable of big showing around here.
VAZIRABAD – 9/4
2.30 – UAE Derby (Group 2) (1m 1f)
The next race on the bill is the Group 2 contest that is the UAE Derby which is ridden over a mile and a furlong.
Breeders Cup winner Mendelssohn for AP O’Brien and Ryan Moore lines up here following his victory in his reappearance at Dundalk the last day and is likely to give a bold showing. I am going to side with GOLD TOWN though here. There is a couple of question marks over what he’s actually been beating here over the winter and over his stamina for this contest, but I’ve still become a big fan of his and think he’s capable of a big one.
GOLD TOWN – 6/4
3.05 – Al Quoz (Group 1) (6f)
The Al Quoz comes next at 3.05 which is a Group 1 contest ridden over six furlongs. As expected there is a strong Godolphin presence in this race as there is in many of these with no more than three of the runners sporting the famous blue silks.
It’s hard to get away from BLUE POINT here and I think he’ll go very close here. It was a fantastic performance the last day when running Ertijaal close over his beloved five furlongs and the step back up in trip shouldn’t be a concern.
If you want one at a bigger price i’ve got one that is one of my all time favourite performers on the flat and that’s MAGICAL MEMORY. He has struggled at the top level in the past but does go well fresh and has a great relationship with Dettori. He’s a huge price and could just sneak into the frame.
BLUE POINT – 11/10
MAGICAL MEMORY – 25/1 (E/W)
3.40 – Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1) (6f)
The 3.40 is the Golden Shaheen another Group 1 contest over six furlongs and it’s an extremely hot renewal.
I think both Roy H and XY Jet are going to be difficult to beat but i’m going to try and take them on and that’s with MIND YOUR BISCUITS. It appeared that the wider drawer in this last year was more favourable which is concern considering he’s in 1 this time. However he’s won from that position before and could put up another bold showing.
MIND YOUR BISCUITS – 5/1 (E/W)
4.35 – Dubai Turf (Group 1) (1m 1f)
The Group 1 Dubai Turf is next up and this is a Group 1 contest that’s ridden over a mile and a furlong.
I’m a big Benbatl fan and I think he’ll take a bit of beating here but i’m just going to side with the 2016 winner of this the Japanese raider REAL STEEL. He bled last year on the eve of this race so wasn’t able to defend his crown however I think he’s capable of a big run here despite not having a prep run.
REAL STEEL – 10/1 (E/W)
5.10 – Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) (1m 4f)
This year’s Sheema Classic doesn’t quite have the star studded feel to last year’s race that was won by Jack Hobbs for John Gosden but there’s still some smart performers in the field.
I like quite a few of these none more so than Cloth Of Stars for Andre Fabre. I think the Japanese horse Rey de Oro is to be feared however i’m going to side with POET’S WORD for Sir Michael Stoute. He’s been maturing nicely in his last few runs and did well to finish where he did the last day considering the start. He may well go closer this time around with a better run, Frankie Dettori takes the ride.
POET’S WORD – 4/1
5.50 – Dubai World Cup (Group 1) (1m 2f)
The feature of the carnival itself wraps things up here and that’s of course the Dubai World Cup. A Group 1 affair that’s ridden over a mile and two furlongs.
There’s some classy animals taking their place here and it’s very hard to oppose West Coast for Bob Baffert. He ran a cracker the last day in the Pegasus and looks the likely winner here.
I think Forever Unbridled has each way claims in this however the one i’m going to go with here is TALISMANIC for Andre Fabre. He won the Breeders Cup Turf last year and ran a cracker when the second in the Hong Kong Vase. This surface is an unknown to him but his dam’s sire has a good record on it.
TALISMANIC – 8/1 (E/W)
NAP: Blue Point – 3.05
NB: Poet’s Word – 5.10