Saturday 30th March 2019
12.15 Godolphin Mile. (Group 2) (1m)
The Godolphin Mile kicks things off on World Cup night a Group 2 affair over a mile and I think this can go to Doug Watson’s MUNTAZAH. He was mightily impressive here on Super Saturday when winning by 10 lengths over course & distance and breaking the track record. On current form he will take some beating. American raider Coal Front and last year’s winner Heavy Metal look the chief dangers.
WIN: MUNTAZAH (6/5)
12.50 Dubai Gold Cup. (Group 2) (2m)
The Dubai Gold Cup is also a Group 2 affair however this time over the larger trip of two miles. The race currently see’s the Melbourne Cup winner Cross Counter head affairs for Charlie Appleby who’ll certainly be a warm order going into the race. It’s his stablemate who I’m taking a chance on though and that’s ISPOLINI. He has form figures of 211 around here this season and I think that track experience may well be an edge should he handle the trip. French raider Call The Wind looks another big player to note.
WIN: ISPOLINI (15/8)
1.30 Al Quoz Sprint. (Group 1) (6f)
The Al Quoz Sprint is the first Group 1 of the evening a six furlong affair which see’s some of the best sprinters in the world come together and do battle. In this year’s renewal it’s impossible to overlook BLUE POINT who comes here in red hot form with two pretty devastating victories to his name around here in his last two outings around here. It would be a big shock should he not put on another bold showing here. If you’re looking for one as an each way alternative against the short priced market leader Breeders Cup Sprint winner STORMY LIBERAL might be the way to go. He has been beaten when odds on in his last two outings however if turning up in the form of his Churchill win in November he’s a massive player.
WIN: BLUE POINT (8/13)
EACH WAY: STORMY LIBERAL (9/1)
2.05 UAE Derby. (Group 2) (1m 1f)
The UAE Derby takes place at 2.05 on World Cup Night and it’s a Group 2 affair that’s contested over a distance of just over a mile and a furlong. This year’s renewal has thrown up quite the competitive affair and the two horses that are sitting at the top of the market are two of my favourites from this year’s World Cup Carnival so it’s going to be too difficult for me to seperate them. The first of this top class duo is the Charlie Appleby trained DIVINE IMAGE. She is unlucky to not of won all of her starts so far but comes here with form figures of 211 at Meydan this season which culminated in a seven length romp within a Listed contest here last time. It’s likely there’s still a lot more to come from here and another bold showing is likely here in the derby. The other horse in said duo is the Phoenix Ladies’ WALKING THUNDER. He won his first three starts around here before suffering a surprise defeat in the UAE 2000 Guineas the last day when heavily odds on. Despite that defeat he’s one I’ve really warmed too this carnival and it would be great to see him put in a decent showing again here this time under Frankie.
WIN: DIVINE IMAGE (5/2)
EACH WAY: WALKING THUNDER (8/1)
2.40 Dubai Golden Shaheen. (Group 1) (6f)
The 2.40 is the Dubai Golden Shaheen another sprint over six furlongs however this time a Group 1 contest. This race often has a strong American presence and it’s no different this time around with many of the market principals residing in the States. Out of those principals I think ROY H will put on another strong showing here, he’s a Breeders Cup Sprint winner that was odds on for this last year when eventually finishing third to Mind Your Biscuits. It would be no surprise should he make amends for that here. An each way alternative for me comes in the form of another personal carnival favourite from this term an that’s DRAFTED. He’s progressed very nicely with each run this season for Doug Watson culminating in back to back Group 3 wins and he could well be up for the step up in grade here with his trademark coming off the pace style. Others to note look to be the American duo of Imperial Hint and X Y Jet.
WIN: ROY H (5/4)
EACH WAY: DRAFTED (8/1)
3.20 Dubai Turf. (Group 1) (1m 1f)
The Dubai Turf is another Group 1 affair this time over a mile and a furlong and potentially the race i’m most looking forward to seeing as it revolves around one horse of whom I think is the winner too. That’s of course the superstar from Japan ALMOND EYE. Winner of all of her starts to date including the Japan Cup last time she really does add a star studded feel to this year’s World Cup meeting and she’s going to take all the beating here under her usual partner in Christophe Lemaire. Her main dangers look to come in the form of Godolphin duo Dream Castle and Wootton who have solid carnival form this term and a look in has to be had for Aidan O’Brien’s I Can Fly.
WIN: ALMOND EYE (6/5)
4.00 Dubai Sheema Classic. (Group 1) (1m 4f)
Another race and another Group 1 the penultimate race on World Cup night it’s none other than the Sheema Classic. A race that’s contested over a mile and four furlongs and one of the more competitive affairs on the night itself. Old Persian won well here last time and will be a tough nut to crack here if turning up in that kind of form again he’s closely followed in the betting by the US raider Rey De Oro who’s also an obvious player. It’s another Godolphin horse that I think can run a big race here and potentially outrun his odds and that’s the Saeed bin Suroor trained RACING HISTORY. He has form figures of 2322 here at Meydan this season with the last two times being beaten only by a shoulder, the latest by Old Persian here. That’s solid course form to say the least and he’s every chance of playing a part again here at a price.
EACH WAY: RACING HISTORY (10/1)
4.40 Dubai World Cup. (Group 1) (1m 2f)
The showpiece event of the entire Meydan Carnival is the World Cup a Group 1 contest that’s ridden over a mile and two furlongs. Last year’s winner Thunder Snow attempts to retain his crown from last year and sits prominently in the betting to do so. It’s the horse that beat him by nine lengths the last day who I’m interested in here and that’s CAPEZZANO. He’s looked in devastating form recently and despite this being another step up in class this isn’t the strongest of renewals of this race and if turning up in the same form we’ve seen him in lately he’s got to be a big player. North America looks another to note.
EACH WAY: CAPEZZANO (11/2)