Thursday 27th February 2020
Author: Jordan Yates
WELL OF WISDOM @ 9/4 – 3:05 Meydan (Meydan Classic)
Charlie Appleby has the top two in the betting here and I think Well Of Wisdom can do the business despite only finishing eighth in the trial for the race. That was his first run since August and likely needed the outing that day, he’s a Listed winner and is considerably clear on ratings from the rest of the field. If he is a lot more tuned up following his outing here earlier this month, a bold bid is likely.
FRANZ KAFKA @ 9/2 – 3:40 Meydan (District One Residence Cup)
An extremely competitive handicap, this four-year-old who’s now under the care of Simon Crisford was way below par the last day here when a market leader but won well on his first outing at the track back in January. He used to be with John Gosden and showed a decent level of ability on the turf in the UK and if back to the form of his four length victory here in January, he’d enter calculations. Richard Mullen takes over on this occasion.
FIGHT ON @ 9/2 – 4:15 Meydan (District One Bluesviews Stretch)
Another competitive handicap and this former American trained five-year-old could well be the answer. Now under the master trainer of these parts in Doug Watson, he’s a strong travelling sort who has been far from disgraced on his two outings around here so far. Now contesting slightly calmer waters here to his previous run when sixth to Capeazzano, there’s every chance he could play a meaningful role.
SPANISH MISSION @ 6/5 – 4:50 Meydan (Group 3)
Godolphin are responsible for the majority of the field in this Group 3 affair however they might struggle to get the better of David Simcock’s Spanish Mission who’s to be ridden by Jamie Spencer. He was last seen when winning the valuable Jockey Club Invitational Stakes in America and proved himself a smart sort on the the turf in the UK last season. He looks the class horse in the race and could take some stopping.
GREAT KING @ 10/1 (Each Way) – 5:25 Meydan (Listed Handicap)
South Korea took this race last year and they could well go close again this year with Great King, he’s had two starts around here this winter and progressed notably on his most current outing to get in the frame at a massive price. He finished above some smart sorts that day and if progressing again here he could well run another big race.
AMERICAN GRAFFITI @ 9/4 – 6:00 Meydan
Charlie Appleby’s lightly raced four-year-old won over course and distance here at the end of last month when getting the better of GM Hopkins by just under a length, and there’s a likely a lot more to come. He’ll have to be somewhere near his best if he is to go close again as there are some smart sorts lining up against him here, many also from Godolphin. But I think there’s a chance he could be a bit better than a handicapper.