Thursday 3rd January 2019
It’s finally time for what I think is the best part of the Winter and that’s of course the Dubai World Cup Carnival over at Meydan, as it’s all set to kick off this Thursday with what is an enticing card of racing to say the least. I have far from the most prolific of betting records at Meydan so if you are following my punts I wouldn’t be booking your own Dubai adventure just yet, I just absolutely love it and genuinely can’t wait for this.
The action gets under way with the 2.30 which is a handicap contested over a distance of just over a mile and four furlongs and it’s a race which Godolphin look to hold the answer too, with the top three in the betting currently at their disposal. Im going to try and take them on though and do that with BASATEEN (8/1 E/W). He bounced back to form last time with a second placed effort and won here off this mark back in 2016. He could well get involved if any of the big three aren’t on a going day.
Next up is the UAE 1000 Guineas Trial at 3.05, a contest just shy of seven furlongs of which Godolphin have the market leader once again in the form of Saeed bin Suroor’s Dubai Beauty. She’s been disappointing in her last two outings however she’s likely been laid out for this with bin Suroor having such a fine record in the race, three wins in the last five renewals no less. A bold showing would be no surprise. I’d like to try and take her on though at the prices and i’ll have a go on AL SHAMKAH (15/2 E/W). She won a ten runner maiden over course and distance here back in October and that experience may well stand her in good stead.
The 3.40 is another Handicap over the sprint trip of marginally shorter than five furlongs and this a race that will likely see Hit The Bid and Faatinah set the standard and sit at the top of the market as the one’s to beat. The one I’m going to take a chance on though is IBN MALIK (7/1 EW) who hasn’t won since 2016 however ran a cracker when just being denied last time by a potentially smart one for Doug Watson. He’ll have to step up again if he is to play a part at the business end but he could well be up for it.
The first bit of Group action comes at 4.15 and it’s the Group 3 Dubawi Stakes that’s contested over a distance of 5 furlongs and 212 yards and Doug Watson seems to hold a strong hand and it’s his representative DRAFTED (5/2) that I think can go well here. Last seen when holding on in a decent race here from Ibn Malik the last day I think there’s a lot more to come from this smart gelding who’s no stranger to the winners enclosure.
Another Group 3 up next at 4.50 and it’s the Singspeil Stakes ridden over a mile and 209 yards an this is a race of whom I think Godolphin’s KEY VICTORY (2/1) can go well. He only ran three times last season winning one of them but it’s likely he’ll come into his own over here for powerhouse connections that have a well known solid record at the track. James Doyle is in the saddle and it would be somewhat of a surprise should a bold showing not be had. The former Aiden O’Brien trained Deauville looks the chief threat.