Saturday 9th March 2019
There’s a whole host of top class action to be had this weekend in Dubai as it’s of course Super Saturday at Meydan as the Dubai World Cup Carnival starts to gather full momentum. I’ve put together a fairly short post with consisting of my verdicts for all the races on the afternoon’s card. Enjoy!
12.00 6f Mahab Al Shimaal Sponsored By Emirates Skywards (Group 3) (Dirt)
This is one of the most competitive races on the card, a case can be made for most but DRAFTED has become one of my favourite horses to follow this carnival and I aren’t going to be deserting him here. He’ll be played very late and come off the pace so thing will need to fall exactly right. Comicas and Tato Key look the chief dangers.
WIN: DRAFTED (3/1)
12.35 1m1½f (1m1f110y) Al Bastakiya Sponsored By emirates.com (Listed Race) (Dirt)
A race that see’s the UAE Oaks & 2000 Guineas winners do battle, Estihdaaf is going to be very tough to beat here if turning up in the same form of his win in the 2000 last time. However I’ll be keep my loyalty with DIVINE IMAGE. She showed she’s got a mighty engine in both of her two starts here so far and if getting an easier time of things this time around she could well go on again.
WIN: DIVINE IMAGE (3/1)
1.10 6f Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint Sponsored By Arabian Adventures (Group 3) (Turf)
The race looks to revolve solely around BLUE POINT who was devastating the last day here when dismantling a decent field. This talented Godolphin sprinter should prove too strong again. HIT THE BID may well be best of the rest, an experienced sort around here and often runs his race. Ekhtiyaar and Gifted Master are others to note who could well get involved at the business end of things.
WIN: BLUE POINT (4/7)
EACH WAY: HIT THE BID (10/1)
1.45 1m Burj Nahaar Sponsored By Emirates Holidays (Group 3) (Dirt)
Another competitive affair of which the entire field aren’t separated by all that much. Muntazah and Axelrod set the standard on current form whereas a return to his old form would see Heavy Metal destroy this field. I’d be willing to chance a couple at big at decent prices in a competitive heat like this, and i’d be happy to chance IBN MALIK and GOOD CURRY. The former has been running decent races all Carnival whereas the latter made a nice return to the track when fourth the last day, it’s likely he’ll build on that here.
EACH WAY: IBN MALIK (10/1)
EACH WAY: GOOD CURRY (10/1)
2.20 1m4f Dubai City Of Gold Sponsored By Emirates SkyCargo (Group 2) (Turf)
Another contest of which Godolphin look to hold the key having the top three in the betting. Old Persian sets a high standard on his exploits of last season in the UK and will be tough to beat if turning up in top form. As many of my selections here are horses i’ve followed throughout the season here this is another in the form of SPOTIFY. He’s won nicely on both starts for Charlie Appleby here since arriving from France and despite him maybe not getting the easiest time in front this time around he’s likely to be thereabouts again. Racing History makes up the Godolphin trio who’s also a big player on his best form.
WIN: SPOTIFY (4/1)
2.55 1m2f Al Maktoum Challenge R3 Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 1) (Dirt)
The first Group 1 of the afternoon and its on the dirt over a distance of a mile and two furlongs. It looks all about THUNDER SNOW who comes here off the back of another successful global campaign last season when he was last seen finishing third in the Breeders Cup Classic. He also won the Dubai World Cup last season and if turning up in anywhere near that form here he should be winning. Capezzano looks the chief danger having won both starts here this term and was very impressive last time. I also think the unexposed NEW TRAILS can run a big race, he’s rarely out of the frame and also has solid form around here. Dolkong looks another to note.
WIN: THUNDER SNOW (5/6)
EACH WAY: NEW TRAILS (15/2)
3.30 1m1f Jebel Hatta Sponsored By Emirates Airline (Group 1) (Turf)
The final race on the card and another Group 1, this time on the turf over a mile and a furlong. It see’s a Godolphin dominance in the betting once again as they are responsible for the majority of the market principals. Wootton and Loxley should be thereabouts at the business end of things but it’s hard to get away from DREAM CASTLE. He’s been very impressive around here this winter winning both starts very well and there’s no reason to say why he can’t go well again. One away from the Godolphin battalions that I think could go well is CENTURY DREAM. He ran a blinding race at Champions Day last season at Ascot and made a fine reappearance here last time when finishing second. He could well put in a bold bid here under Oisin Murphy.
WIN: DREAM CASTLE (7/4)
EACH WAY: CENTURY DREAM (6/1)