So close to a superb winner at Meydan in Dubai following on from some superb winners at the Carnival there..
This is what we advised our members….
Dubai Horizon is interesting stepping up in trip having run with a lot of promise over 1m4f on his first run of the carnival behind Universal Order, before finding the step back in trip unsuitable. He has a big pull at the weights from the David Simcock runner on his first try at a trip this far. Mekong makes his debut for Jamie Osbourne having been with Sir Michael Stoute and is a proven classy stayer. He’s perhaps better on slightly softer ground, although the turf at Meydan it reported to have “a cushion” and might also be better over 2 miles, but the stable do really well with their runners here and he does have a pull at the weights with De Ex Bee on Sandown running from last season, when not beaten far. Dubhe was impressive when winning a handicap over 2 miles here last year, but has disappointed on his only run since in Australia and was also better for a reappearance run, so this might just be a prep run for next time. Universal Order was very impressive on his Dubai debut, winning with a fair amount to spare. He was lightly raced in the UK prior to that, so has a certain amount of untapped potential. The step up in trip looks fine, although he has been raised considerably in the handicap. Zamaam is running well but is unlikely to take a step forward at the age of 10, whilst Secret Advisor comes back from a long break and needs to return to his form of a couple of years ago to win this. As with race one, we’re left with the class act of the field in Dee Ex Bee who is a model of consistency at the highest level. He’d prefer slightly further and will probably need to make this a stamina test, he could prove to be simply better than these, even giving away lumps of weight, but his fitness is taken on trust for his new stable.
De Ex Bee is very much the most likely winner, whilst following a really encouraging reappearance and a big weight pull with Universal Order, Dubai Horizon is the one that appeals of the others. Again just 7 runners which doesn’t help each way punters, but at 33/1 we’ll take a chance the step up in trip will suit for a top 2 finish and perhaps a big price shock.
Advised Bet: Dubai Horizon Each Way, 33/1 Paddy Power, generally 25/1.
Result: Dubai Horizon 2nd at 16/1
Just two other advised bets for Meydan:
4.50 Meydan: Land Of Legends Each Way – 2nd 6/1
6.00 Meydan: First Nation Each Way (adv 5/1) – 4th 10/3
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